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London Chatham & Dover Railway / Selsey Tramway 6 wheel coach

7mm (1:43.5) & 4mm (1:76) scale


Photo: Photomatic (Wholesale) Ltd.


This Steam And Things kit is for a 6-wheel coach that was originally built by the London Chatham and Dover Railway. The coaches went over to The (Hundred of Manhood and) Selsey Tramways (by that time The West Sussex Railway) about 1931/1932. This is the main thrust of our kit. On "The Selsey" they were the final "working" passenger stock that did not rot away in siding. They were used to the bitter end, being scrapped in 1935. There were two coaches, a 5-compartment and a 4 compartment / brake.

The coaches were run in the vendor's livery (the Southern Railway) complete with original running numbers. Only the word "SOUTHERN" was overpainted with "WEST SUSSEX".


For LC&DR fans we have the following information: in that these coaches are of standard LC&DR design stockto the "Old Standard" and built in the mid to late 1880s. The carriages were 30ftx8ft. Initially when built the coaches were fitted with Westinghouse gear and oil lit. Vacuum brakes and electric lighting were fitted by the SE&CR and some vehicles were fitted with electric lighting. By 1938 most,vehicles had been withdrawn, with a small number going to the Isle of Wight after 1923 (being rebuilt as 4 wheelers).


LC&DR fans should note that we have a series of drawings in our possession for a number of different coaches, and we would be happy to consider producing kits or sides / ends only for these as well.

As stated above on "The Selsey" there were 2 types :- 5 compartment 3rd 30ftx8ft and a 4 compartment / brake composite, again 30ftx8ft. The side duckets on the latter were removed by the Southern Railway.


Drawing: S&T Copyright - 5 compartment 3rd


Drawing: S&T Copyright - 4 compartment 3rd / brake


Both 7mm and 4mm are now available
Click to see photos of the test etches and test builds

Kit specifications:

7mm kit specification:

  • Etched brass in 0.3mm (12thou) and 0.5mm (20thou) nickel silver
  • Castings supplied for buffers, door vents,oil lamps, torpedo vents, brake shoes
  • Castings for springs,axle box, W-iron assemblies correct alternate designs 7 foot springs
  • T-door and grab handles in brass
  • 3-link couplings (our own product) are also included, as is wire (3 sizes), nuts, bolts and screws
  • The rolling frame can be build in two alternatives
  • Decals, of our own production, for the West Sussex Railway
  • Internal detailing - this is in the form of simple etches for seating and partitions
  • Comprehensive instructions with drawings and photographs of the prototype are included, including on CD
  • 4mm kit specification:
    The 4mm kit is designed and supplied to the same high standard: it is modified art-work reduction kit, due to the low market potential (therefore they may be a drop out of some very small items); some castings may be generic:

  • Etched brass in 0.3mm (12thou) and 0.5mm (20thou) nickel silver
  • Castings supplied for buffers, W-iron springs, oil boxes, door vents and lamp tops
  • Buffers include turned steel heads
  • Modeller can use castings as is or modify to suit, as some of those supplied are generic
  • Decals, of our own production, for the West Sussex Railway
  • Internal detailing - this is in the form of simple etches for seating and partitions
  • Other etched detailing parts such as 3-link couplings, brake shoes, end steps
  • The rolling frame can be build in two alternatives
  • Comprehensive instructions with drawings and photographs of the prototype are included, including on CD
  • Kit prices as follows:

  • 7mm Scale A$285.00
  • 4mm Scale A$126.00
  • Prices include air mail; sea reduction available
  • Full terms and conditions click
  • LCDR modellers, please note:
    LCDR Transfers for the appropriate vehicle are available upon request, instead of the 'Selsey' ones. These can be viewed via this link.
    We will consider additional parts (etched only) to make up models for the LCDR, at a nominal or possibly zero cost. Castings (new masters) are not included in this offer, though we may have something in our range that is suitable. LCDR modellers will need to advise what they require after inspection of a kit. Both 7mm and 4mm will be considered, and in both cases will depend


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