Alan’s Inspection Saloon   Leave a comment

Most of us that like trains and railways have heard of Caroline, the inspection saloon, pushed/pulled by a class 37

Here is my version and tribute to this vehicle named Linda pushed/pulled by my class 33.

It started life as a Lima O Gauge MK1 in blood and custard and had all the steps, handrails removed and took a junior hack saw to the corridor connectors. Next was a lot of sanding and filing to produce a relatively flat and smooth surface, then it was a case of studying photos of Caroline and measuring 3 windows equally spaced across the carriage end. I marked out the windows and drilled out the between the pencil marks and with a rough file squared and smoothed out the window frames. The window glass is old curtain pole packaging cut to size and glued in place and held with clothes pegs. The light boxes on each end of the saloon are made from scraps of plasticard with round white discs of white plasticard (supplied by Bob Joy) acting as lights and painted accordingly to represent lights.

The horns on the roof at each end are spares from my 2H project. The jump lead boxes are made from square sprue left over from Easy Build bogie kits and the jump leads are lengths of black wire glued into very small holes drilled into the afore mentioned boxes. The ends were painted yellow (took 5 days to dry) and the coach was painted in Pheonix Colours BR(SR) Green, Jump Lead boxes are orange.

The coach numbers are made up from spare Fox Transfers and the name plates are made by Diane Carney, painted by me.

All in all, a successful build and can be seen when there is a track night, or I exhibit my O gauge layout, Never Doit.

Posted 15/11/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

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