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Something I remember (from growing up on BR WR) were the many examples of British Rail Universal Trolley Equipment (BRUTE). They were commonplace on all the big mainline stations (and beyond).
 

https://wiki2.org/en/British_Rail_Universal_Trolley_Equipment+Newton

 

Has anyone seen any examples of them as RTR models?

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Being a resin casting the Bachmann version is a bit "heavy", the alternative Dart kit is a bit fiddly but more realistic looking IMHO.

Whichever, don't forget the poly/plastic front sheets to stop the piled up parcels going AWOL!

 

Mike.

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12 hours ago, Enterprisingwestern said:

 

Being a resin casting the Bachmann version is a bit "heavy", the alternative Dart kit is a bit fiddly but more realistic looking IMHO.

Whichever, don't forget the poly/plastic front sheets to stop the piled up parcels going AWOL!

 

Mike.

And the puddle of water, just where you sat down....

The Bachmann one does look a bit chunky. I scratch-built some 40+ years ago; can't remember where I got the mesh from, unfortunately.

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12 hours ago, Enterprisingwestern said:

 

the alternative Dart kit is a bit fiddly but more realistic looking IMHO.

Whichever, don't forget the poly/plastic front sheets to stop the piled up parcels going AWOL!

 

Hmm, agreed it looks more realistic, but it's that "a bit fiddly" that's scaring me!

 

From my past bodges over-enthusiastic attempts, it's a polite euphamism for "advanced skills in micro-engineering required". Like, how to weld or glue tiny bits of brass mesh together, with shaking hands, all the while squinting desperately through a magnifying glass that won't stay in focus, without leaving huge dollops of solder or glue on the joints, desk, furniture, clothes, etc. :(

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'Splash it on orl ova yer body'.

 

BRUTEs were 'orrible things, with dragging brakes and supermarket trolley wheels, usually overloaded and frankly dangerous.  Pulling them by hand was asking to get your toes run over, and you couldn't see where you were going with a loaded one.  I agree that the mesh on the Baccy one is far too heavy, but the frame is probably ok; just cut the plastic mesh out and replace it with something a bit finer.

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5 hours ago, MartynJPearson said:

Ten Commandments do them too - https://tencommandmentsmodels.co.uk/product/brut-trolley-ready-built/

 

Can't comment on their quality or realism, just remembered seeing them from a browse at a show.

Thanks for this link, Martyn; I was previously unaware of the reasonably priced range of very useful stuff.  Bookmark time!

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6 hours ago, MartynJPearson said:

 

Hello Martyn - thanks for that, just ordered a set of three.

 

I better order some more superglue as well, so I can start splashing that all over myself (instead of Brute Aftershave) :heat:

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Hi,

BRUTEs basking in the sunshine at New Street, although one has rather rashly lost contact with the herds, did it survive I wonder:

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I would accompany my wheelchair user friend when we were escorted via the lifts and tunnels under the tracks to board her train, such was disabled accessibility back in the day...

 

Regards, Gerry.

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2 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

That's them! Needs a bit of "weathering" though -  to be blunt, bashing about.

My memory of the colour scheme is of something akin to an overripe banana, with myriad brown spots where the paint had been knocked/scraped off. 

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