The N Gauge Society announced at its AGM in July that it would be producing the Carflat A as its next ready-to-run model. Hundreds of carflats were produced from redundant coach chassis from the 1950s until the late 1970s, and many remained in service until almost the end of the last century.
These wagons were associated in particular with BR's iconic Motorail service, which was launched exactly 50 years ago in 1966 at the forefront of the then ground-breaking "corporate image", and offered holidaymakers travelling to the South West, Wales, the North and Scotland the opportunity to take their car on holiday. Two of our models will be in BR Blue with Motorail branding, and can be combined with maroon or blue-grey Mk1 or Mk2 coaches and Class 47 or 52 "Western" locomotives, among others.
In the winter months, when Motorail services did not run, the wagons were often used in block trains for motor manufacturers, and in later years, as the Motorail services contracted, some were fitted with air-brakes and repainted into BR Bauxite for dedicated use on new car delivery trains.
In 1979 25 coach chassis were converted for wagon leasing company Railease for car transport.
The version selected by the NGS is one of 40 converted from former Br Mk1 coaches at Swindon in 1964, and will be available in six versions:
1). Original Freight Brown
2). Unbranded BR Blue
3). BR Blue Motorail
4). BR Blue Motorail with B4 bogies
5). BR Bauxite with B4 bogies and air brakes for new car deliveries
6). Railease yellow with air brakes
As indicated, the models will feature various different arrangements of vacuum, dual or air brake gear and either BR1 or B4 bogies according to prototype.
The model is being produced for the NGS by Graham Farish and design work is already underway. The guide price is £28.00 and models can be pre-ordered now for anticipated delivery next year.
Edited by Ben A, 17 July 2016 - 08:20 .