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Carriages are a vital part to any train. Every year we would hope that Bachmann, Hornby etc. would produce a new set of GWR carriages.


The appointed hour of the announcement comes and the company representative is these days sat in front of a camera as they broadcast their offers for the world to see.


At the end they say "Its our best range ever (if you model the LMS)" or maybe "There's something here for everyone (Whereupon even the diesel guys moan!)"


There is another way, but of course its also true that we have never had it so good. 


We have some lovely Comet GWR carriages from Hornby, although no full brake and restaurant carriages (ignoring the Railroad range of course)


These then are my thoughts on carriage conversions using Comet parts.




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E112/E111 70ft carriages build

These 70ft carriages were built in 1923/4 for Great Western services to South Wales, they soon moved from these services throughout the GWR system.      I doubt whether they would have made it to Henley-on-Thames, but they will add variety to my train composition .     The aim of this blog is to run through the build of the carriages and hope to inspire others to pick up a Comet kit and build it yourself. Firstly, I would suggest that this Comet

Lighting carriages

I have been asked to detail in one place how I go about lighting my carriages, which I will aim to do here.   Looking at the header photo, you will rightfully say "What a mess!" but once the sides are back on and all the wires are tucked back into place, you wont notice anything.   However! Do you remember the comments from lovers of the APT trains, when Hornby released the carriages.... The capacitor was so large and took up so much space, it was visible in the end window. C

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Neal Ball in Carriage construction

Comet Carriages - overlay sides

These are my potted notes about how I go about my carriage conversions. I can lay no claim to the methods I have used. These have been shamelessly copied from other folk on RmWeb. (John at Stoke Courtney @checkrail and Rich at Brent @The Fatadder ).   Note: You are not reading a Pendon type fine scale modelling blog, there are lots of compromises in carriage construction using these methods.    Following my recent conversions, it has been suggested that I put together a guide

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