Saturday, 8 July 2017

Furness Wagon Company

I understand from Marc at the Furness Wagon Company that the following LDEC wagon kits are (or shortly will be) available:

15ft 5 plank open
16ft 5 plank open
16ft box van
16ft 3 plank drop-side (Labelled Taff Vale Rly) 
16ft 10ton Brake van



This is practically a whole goods train all in one swoop! I hope I need not tell anyone reading this that these wagons all became GC property in 1907. Although, obviously, they would have taken a while to repaint and some would still have been in LDEC livery for a while.

Furness Wagon Company are on the web and also often attend Exhibitions, especially GOG ones. Their kits vary in complexity, as is explained on the site.

As an aside, I should mention that there is some debate about the LDEC wagon livery. Dow says chocolate, but there are other sources that say grey. So take your pick, unless anyone has definite information. "Chocolate" in early 20th Century terms does not necessarily mean what we generally mean by "chocolate". It could be "lake" as per LNWR coaches, which look brownish or reddish according to light - and perhaps the viewer's colour perception.

So perhaps GCR grey is safest after all. 

By the way, good luck finding photos of these prototypes. They are rare at best, and for some, like the brake van, make hen's teeth look relatively commonplace.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Former GP Models kits

MBS have announced that they have taken over the former GP Models range. It is not yet clear whether all the models will be re-released, but it seems the Barnum coaches are high on the list of priorities. Given the dearth of available GC coach kits, this has to be good news.

Monday, 1 May 2017

4 wheel coaches

Alphagraphix of 23, Darris Road, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7QY have introduced a brass kit for K&ESR coach no 11, which was an ex CLC 4 wheeler. This costs £60 plus £6 postage and has a compensated chassis. Cheques payable to BRUMTRAMS.

A nice photo of two similar coaches appears in Manchester Road and Rail by Edward Gray, p78. The coaches in question were used second-hand by Trafford Park Estates to partially replace gas trams. Yes folks, gas trams, and don't ask me how they connected them to the mains!

MS&LR variants have been requested in both first and third class formats. If you would like one (or, preferably, several) please contact Roger Crombleholme at the above address with a firm indication of how many you want. If too few people respond, this simply will not happen, so, if you're interested, please be prepared to say so. 

Exactly when these particular coaches were withdrawn is hard to say. I have found evidence that four wheelers were being used in full trains in the Manchester area (including first class) as late as 1909. Many will of course have survived much later in departmental use and almost certainly in 'Paddy Trains' for miners and other workmen.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Garth Patrick

This post is to record the recent sad passing of Garth Patrick, at one time owner of GP Models, the source of many valuable GC kits.

Garth was a lovely man, and it was always a joy to talk to him at exhibitions. Sadly, due to his ill health his kits have not been available for some time, but they filled an important gap in the market, and many modellers of the GCR in 7mm scale will possess at least one or two.

May he Rest in Peace.