In the 1900s the GWR built a small fleet of steam railmotors for local stopping services, these often being known by railwaymen as rail'cars' and having a spacious open saloon interior layout in place of the compartments of contemporary mainline coaches. The railmotors were intended to be able to hauling an additional coach of similar design, described as a 'trailer', however the GWR found the compact railmotor engine was rather underpowered when extra coaches were needed. While the last steam railmotor was not withdrawn until 1935, by which time the GWR was testing diesel railcars, the GWR had found that separating the locomotive from the coach allowed a more powerful locomotive to be used. Detaching the coach also kept the furnishings away from the filth of steam locomotive shed.
As the engines wore out the railmotors were converted into trailers, retaining a driving cab end with regulator and brake controls and fitted with 'through control' gear comprising a rod beneath the coach connecting to the locomotive regulator via a flexible coupling. The success of the new small locomotive and control trailer 'auto trains' in local and branch service saw the fleet of dedicated trailers expanded with new cars being built into the early 1950s.

Dapol O Gauge GWR Auto Coach  Chocolate & Cream GWR Crest
A stunning model with the fully lined-out panels paint finish beautifully recreated together with the GWRs pre-grouping garter crest.
These auto trailer coaches are produced from the Lionheart Trains tooling, now combined into the Dapol range.

£170.00
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(Product Ref #99958)
Dapol O Gauge GWR Auto Coach GWR Chocolate & Cream Twin Cities Crest
Painted in the unlined chocolate and cream livery steadily applied by secondary services passenger coaches from the mid-1920s. Model carries the London and Bristol 'twin cities' crests.
£170.00
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(Product Ref #99957)
Dapol O Gauge GWR Auto Coach GWR Chocolate & Cream Shirt Button Emblem
Painted in the unlined chocolate and cream livery steadily applied by secondary services passenger coaches from the mid-1920s, this model carries the GWR button monogram introduced in 1934.
£170.00
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(Product Ref #46578)
Dapol O Gauge GWR Auto Coach GWR Chocolate & Cream, No 40 Insignia

Painted in the final GWR livery style with Great (twin cities crests) Western lettering.
£170.00
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(Product Ref #20881)
Dapol O Gauge BR ex-GWR Auto Coach car 38 British Railways 1950s Plain Crimson Livery

Model painted in the early British Railways plain crimson livery applied to stock for secondary and branch line services.
£170.00
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(Product Ref #20939)
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