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Dan Griffin

NCB miners coahces converted from Hornby toys.

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I have been looking for some suitable stock to use as internal user coaches for the preserved NCB colliery that will be incorporated on my new layout.

 

my son had a few old Hornby Annie and Clarabels knocking about but these where based on the shorty Hornby old style coach which I though looked just too small. Then I found two old coaches from a toy set he had, also made by hronby, but these had huge plastic wheels but the bodies looked well detailed enough.

 

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This is what I begin with. there is a hole in the roof of one coach, also a battery access hatch.  The huge plastic wheels are evident in this view. after some experimentation, I used Hornby TTA tank wagon chassis as there are about the right size, being 2-3mm too short but it leaves a little over hang each end. this is barley noticeable. the underframe detail for the TTA was removed, leaving just the brake leaver in place.

 

 

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Here is the other coach, I filed the nose off the end and cleaned up with wet and dry. the roof and glazing are one unit.

 

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The hole in one of the roof were filled, and then rubbed down and filled again until it looked smooth. after painting it became apparent that it wasn't completely smooth, but I can live with that.

 

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I find that Humbrol Midnight blue is a close match to the NCB blue used on my Oxford rail Janus. NCB transfers are Railtec and the numbers are off a generic fox sheet I had. the roof isn't fully pushed down in this image.

 

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I finished each coach slightly different. The wheels are metal spoke design wheels, and as these coaches are 'preserved' I have white rimmed them.

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There is a buffer missing in this view, it has since been reattached. and another vacuum pipe has been sort for the coach which is missing its pipe.

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They may not be prototypical but they suit my needs and look rather good considering they started life as push along toys.

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These four compartment R857 Thomas & Bertie race set coaches have proper panelling rather than the raised beading of the regular Annie & Clarabel so make a better looking model, especially where the panelling is in an all-over colour like yours.

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Those are pretty neat. I've often wondered if anything could be done with those coaches. Might have to give it a shot.

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