With the change of manufacturing location and some new processes we are looking to extend the range of liveries and introduce some new moulds, the 5” open will now be available with a Brake End .
New accessories will include a self-contained vacuum brake unit with rechargeable battery as well as the traditional option for external vacuum, additional details including lamp irons, a flexible corridor insert to eliminate the daylight between coach ends and a padded roof cover in both scales.
New Vehicles for 2017 include a SeaCow / Sea Lion in 7.1/4", a Hawksworth Auto coach in 5”, a 411/2 EMU available as a motor driver and trailer driver, this will operate with normal Open type coaches and require just a underfloor jumper cable . A range of 5” wagons are also planned including GWR Toad , China Clay hood and BR type 20T Brake van.
New Padded Coach Cover!
We will soon be introducing a new padded coach cover accessory for all 7.1/4" and 5" coaches. The coach cover has been made to the highest standards and will add extra protection and comfort.
British Rail Class 411 - 7.1/4"
The British Rail Class 411 (or 4 Cep) electrical multiple units were built at Eastleigh works from 1956-63 for the newly electrified main lines in Kent. These units were based on the earlier Southern Railway 4 Cor design, built in 1937. Variants of the class 411 design included the class 410 and class 412 4 Bep units, which contained a buffet car in place of a standard trailer. They were later used on services in Sussex and Hampshire; following the privatisation of British Rail in 1995, the units were used by the Connex South Central, Connex South Eastern and South West Trains franchises. They were replaced by Juniper and Electrostar units. The fleet's lifespan was 49 years. These units are the longest-lived BR Mark 1 EMUs.
SeaCow / SeaLion - 7.1/4"
Although seemingly built over an extended period, the basis of this type was actually a design by the London and South Western Railway first introduced in 1903. Apart from the bogies there were only very minor changes between the oldest and the newest builds, a testimony to the soundness of the original design. Most of the examples built in the 1970s and 1980s remain in service today, working alongside newer autoballasters and a growing number of box wagons.
Hawksworth Auto Coach A40 dia - 5" gauge
The GWR Autocoach (or auto-trailer) is a type of coach that was used by the Great Western Railway for push-pull trains powered by a steam locomotive. The distinguishing design feature of an autocoach is the driving cab at one end, allowing the driver to control the train without needing to be located in the cab of the steam locomotive. This eliminates the need to run the engine round to the other end of the coach at the end of each journey.