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An etched brass kit with white metal components, requires 3'7" Mansell wheels, couplings paint and lettering to complete.
Acknowledgement for assistance due to :
R J Esserey, T W Bourne, D P Rowland, M Hayward in the preparation of these notes.
T W Bourne, R E Lacy (Running Nos appear in Vol. II G Dow/R Lacy)
The earliest vehicles were oil lit, but it is likely that most were gas lit quite soon into building the second lot.
Few details exist of gas fittings as completed vehicles were handed over to the Midland Railway plumbers for fitting out. Two types of gas lighting were used and can be gleaned from the section on lighting in ‘The LMS Coach’ - Essery/Jenkinson (Ian Allan) and ‘Midland Style’ -HMRS.
Electric lighting in later LMS days is probable, as gas lighting was often left on in an empty vehicle, with consequential inconvenience to the next user.
LMS horseboxes were gas lit for their first two lots as per Derby practice for Midland (i.e. the 21’ variety following Bain). However they reverted to oil lighting as from the following 4 lots and in 1933 went back to gas. Only in 1935 did they commence electric lighting with the last 3 lot of 854 using Stones alternators.
Just prior to 1939 Stone Lilliput single battery system was in use, and only the post war building used Stones O.L. system. What survivors of Bains’ lot 401 received which lighting could only be confirmed by photographs.
Midland Livery - As built
Body Midland Red
Lettering 4” yellow sans serif central on bodyside drop door yellow lining
Roof Grey lead on canvas
LMS period - 1923 -1933
Body LMS Crimson Lake, black lining to beading edged yellow
Lettering 3” serif shaded
Julian & Susan
Welcome to Taff Vale Models. We provide finescale model railway kits, motors and related components under a number of labels.
Dragon Models: Locomotives and Welsh railway rolling stock, mainly 7mm/ft. scale, some 4mm/ft. too.
Celtic Connection: A range of fascinating non-Welsh prototypes from the rest of the UK in 7mm/ft. scale.
Taff Vale Models: Any new kits produced since we took over Dragon Models will fall under this brand. The brand also covers 12volt DC 5 pole skew wound motors together with etched gearboxes and other components.
Camkits: A range of detailed 4mm finescale kits focused on the Cambrian Railways marketed on behalf of CamKits.
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