Photo:Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd.
This Steam And Things kit is for a 4-wheel coach (standard gauge) that was built by Messrs Brown Marshalls of Birmingham for a South American Railway. Delivery never took place, and instead they went to the Lambourn Valley Railway in 1898. The latter was taken over by the GWR in 1905 and the coaches went over to The (Hundred of Manhood and) Selsey Tramways in 1910. There they were put to good use, but then eventually rotted away in a siding (along with a greater proportion of HMST stock) to be finally scrapped about 1935.There were 3 types, 12 droplight (2 off), 11 droplight and 7 droplight and they all went to the HMST except for the 7 droplight which was reputedly scrapped at Swindon after initialy being sold to the Alexandra Docks Railway in South Wales.
The kit is in 12 thou etched brass with all prototypical whitemetal fittings. It comes complete with all parts to be able to make the LVR and HMST versions.It includes decals for the LVR and name boards for the HMST, as well as interior seats, partitions, etc. Wheels, paint, screws and handrail knobs are all that is needed to complete; i.e. purchased elsewhere. See our attached "Photogallery" page to see further photographs of the completed, painted model.
This is to the same specification as the 7mm, but with a few liberties with respect to the cast parts. On account of the low market potential of the kit, We have used castings as per some of our other kits, and other items, particularly the underframe / brake gear we have left to the purchaser's discretion. The modeller can use as is, or make modifications if he wishes true protoypical fidelity. Wheels, nuts, bolts, handrail knobs etc. will need to be outsourced. Full details can be given on request.
There is a review of this kit by our customer Bart Banks in The Colonel No. 84, Autumn 2006 (pages 20-21) or read it now on-line by clicking this icon , but you must have Adobe Reader installed. Downloading this review will take about 1 minute at broadband speeds. This review is presented here courtesy of the author and The Colonel Stephens Society. The photo below of the blue engine and LVR teak coaches is from this same source.
Line Drawing:Steam And Things; 7 droplight coach, blue livery, as on the LVR; sporting our decals!
Line Drawing:Steam And Things; 11 droplight coach, teak livery, as on the HMST
Line Drawing:Steam And Things; 12 droplight coach, albino livery! Showing Venetian blind decals (ps. Decals = Transfers!)
Photograph:L. Nicolson; Opening day on the LVR showing all coaches