I'd be grateful for thoughts about the 'more appropriate' choice of carriages for 1945 GWR Wiltshire mainline but with local traffic too....
I like the older Hornby Collet shirt button carriages - such as Hornby R4759 or R4760, because these seem more prototypical with connecting corridors and insignia. But I'm wary of the lack of the 'joined up' connectors with massive gaps between them which might look too much like 'model train'. I did see there are ways to make/buy those bellowed connectors though.
As an alternative, I'm also wondering about the current Hornby range of 57' bow ended nine compartment ones, such as R4875A or R4874. These don't have the connecting gangways, so removes my concerns above. BUT these are all marked as Chester or Birmingham Division. It's 1945 so I could claim they've been relocated at short notice to plug a gap or something. I could even remove the 'B'ham/Chester Division writing at the ends to make the regional glitch less obvious.
In time, I'll probably get some other types of carriage to 'mix up the rake'. I'd like to get Traintech lighting into them and passengers, and weather them a bit too.
But I need somewhere to start. Any thoughts???