A pack of 2 of Bachmanns' detailed models of the BR Mk.2A first class brake coaches painted in the all-over blue scheme applied to vehicles in use with the engineering departments. These two are finished as HST barrier vehicles, used to allow conventional stock and locomotives to be coupled to HST coaches, which have centre couplers only. Mk.2 stock was provided with both centre couplers and conventional side buffers as fitted to locomotives. Guards' brake coaches were usually chosen for use as barrier coaches as both a guards office and hand brake for securing the train in sidings were already fitted.
These coaches remained in mainline express trains for many years after the standard coaches were relegated to secondary services, as no buffet cars were built to match the Mk2 stock of the late 1960s and 70s. The RU design was equiped with a large kitchen able to provide full meal service when required and many were equiped with a buffet serving hatch for customers requiring tea/coffee and snacks.Eras 6-7.
The BR Mk.1 coach was designed in the early 1950s the design has been in service ever since, outlasting BR in mainline service, with several still in use on charter trains, plus providing the backbone passenger stock for many heritage railways.
This model is of the second class side corridor coach, the most numerous type built, painted in the BR corporate blue and grey livery.
This coach pack is being produced as part of Bachmanns' range of models marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Network SouthEast brand for train services around London and the home counties.A fleet of BR mark 1 coaches was still in operation in the mid 1980s deployed to may secondary medium to long distance trains. These trains included 'outer suburban' commuter services between London and Oxford, Birmingham via Banbury and into East Anglia which were taken into the Network SouthEast system.Typical traction on these services included class 47 and 50 locomotives, with class 86 electric locomotives on electrified routes. Era 8. 1982-1994
This is a model of the composite side corridor design, with four first class and three second class compartments. the CK type oach was often used to provide first class accomodation on short 4-5 coach cross-country trains, ideal for many model railways.
Painted in the BR blue and grey livery used from the late 1960s onwards, Eras 6-7.
A detailed model of the BR mark 1 composite brake coach painted in the corporate blue and grey liveryThese brake composite coaches were very useful in short train formations, combining accomodation for first and second class passengers plus an office for the guard and small luggage stowage area into one coach. BCK coaches were used as 'through coaches' for many years and even in the 1980s some of these coaches were kept at locations where trains regularly divided to provide a guard or first class accomodation if one portion of the train would lack these facilities. Era 6-7 1967-1982
Bachmann Branchline OO 39-242 BR Mk1 FO First Open Blue & GreyAn excellent model of the BR Mk.1 design first class open plan seating coach.Many of these coaches were built to provide seating coaches to operate with a kitchen car, while standard first class coaches retained seating compartments. As demand for full meal service declined in the 1960s these coaches were redeployed as general service first class coaches.Businessmen found the tables useful to get some work done while travelling, leading to an increasing acceptance of the open plan seating arrangement for first class accomodation.Eras 6-7
A detailed model of the extra-long LNER design 4-wheel CCT carriage truck type general utility van. These passenger rated vehicles were used for parcels and carrying large items such as motor cars and theatrical scenery loaded through the full-height, full-width end doors.
A very nice model of the Minature Buffet car. These coaches have a small buffet counter and food storage area near the centre, able to serve basic food and refreshments. Bachmann's model features the smooth riding commonwealth cast steel bogie and the extensive water supply piping on the roof. NEM pockets are used to permit tension-lock of bar type couplers to be fitted.
The blue and grey livery was trialed in the mid-1960's and steadily replaced earlier liveries by the early 1970's.
These coaches were based on the standard TSO open second class coach, one half of the bodyshell fitted out with a small buffet counter able to supply hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks, a growing preference among travellers from the 1960s. A circulating area outside the buffet allowed passengers to pass the counter and return to eat and drink at their seats elsewhere in the train.These coaches were used on many cross-country and medium-distance trains, providing a basic buffet service without a large kitchen using up passenger seating space. This model is finished in the Network SouthEast livery, recreating the buffet coaches used on NSE services to Oxford and the West of England.Era 8, 1982-1994
Newly announced model of the BR Mk.1 sleeper car classified SLSTP, standing for SLeeper, Second class Twin berth with Pantry (attendant's office).
These were the usual second class sleeping cars used on overnight sleeper trains, having twin (upper and lower) berths to accomodate two passengers in each compartment. A compartment was provided at one end of the attendant with facilities to supply tea, coffee etc. to the passengers.
Initially allocated to major InterCity trains the arrival of air-conditioned versions of the mark 2 coach displaced the earlier types into the general service pool.