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Now that Bachmann's EFE RAIL are to bring out a motorised version of the 1938 tubestock with NEM couplings on both coaches and the outer ends of the Driving Motor Cars, what we need to be produced to coincide with the launch is a BARRIER WAGON so that another mainline locomotive such as a Bachmann Class 66 or even Heljan's Met Vickers electric loco (Sarah Siddons etc) could couple up to a failed unit, or when being moved via Network Rail over non-electrified lines.

 

Barrier wagons used on London Transport and its subsequent owners over the years have been varied, so modifying an existing tank wagon, brake van or 3/5 plank wagon to have one coupler at mainline height with the other corresponding to tube stock height would be very welcome. The Bachmann S-Stock made for the London Transport Museum could also then be coupled to a tubestock train in an emergency (which did happen on occassions when a train failed on a shared deep level/sub surface section of line).

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2 minutes ago, 4railsman said:

Now that Bachmann's EFE RAIL are to bring out a motorised version of the 1938 tubestock with NEM couplings on both coaches and the outer ends of the Driving Motor Cars, what we need to be produced to coincide with the launch is a BARRIER WAGON

 

modifying an existing tank wagon, brake van or 3/5 plank wagon to have one coupler at mainline height with the other corresponding to tube stock height would be very welcome. 

 

Sounds like an ideal opportunity for a niche commissions business, that!

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3 minutes ago, 'CHARD said:

 

Sounds like an ideal opportunity for a niche commissions business, that!

 

...... but more likely to sell in much bigger numbers if produced by Bachmann/EFE Rail at the same time as they launch the motorised versions of the tubestock. It would also give a different take on earlier produced models, maybe by tooling modification rather than having to justify a completely new range of tools.

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With the S stock of course they used 100 ton tankers as barrier vehicles so there's an ideal opportunity there for someone... However the easiest one from Bachmann's view would be a pair of 25T BR standard brakevans in appropriate liveries.

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My hunch is that they will see if this one sells first before doing others. Price point vs the rather simplistic body quality needs to be assessed first by seeing whether or not it sells. 

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If the diecast bus models industry is anything to go by, anything in London Transport Livery is a guaranteed winner and is often sold out in a relatively short time when compared to other operators models.

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An alternative to a barrier wagon for running 1938 Tube Stock on a non-fourth rail main line layout might be a pair of battery locomotives. The most common appearance of 1938 Tube Stock on the main line was the regular Northern City Line stock transfer via Finsbury Park and Kings Cross:

Northern City line stock transfer passing Kings Cross York Road July 1971

 

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