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GCR/LNER horse boxes

The model pictures appeared in a Model Rail article (see under articles index, "LNER NPCS", Model Rail, Feb 2004) but were distorted at the publishing stage with parts of the image obscured, kind of melted, or missing: these are taken off the original slides. I have now uploaded the complete set, including the GCR version.

The kit has been acquired from R&E by Brassmasters and is available again (May 2016).

In this constructional view, a crucial recess which has to be cut in the end of the base of the main etching to take the body ends can be seen here; I've added some helpful arrows.

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The different underframe with GCR brake arrangement (top) and revised by the LNER (bottom), described in the Model Rail article. I simplified the equipment between the wheels that cannot be seen.

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Both models of the GCR version standing next to each other. The livery was quite dark and my weathering was pretty mild, although differing slightly between the two so that they don't look identical, especially on the roofs.

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The original brake gear was different when seen from each side: this is the manual brake side on No 624...

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... and the other side on No 627.

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This is the LNER version.

And finally, as the saying goes, here's one I built earlier. It was actually the very first of, eventually, four, and more remain on my shelf. Finding that they were used away from the GC Section has proved a helpful boost. Note how I moved away from a goods-type colour to a darker, "teak brown" shade; all these browns darkened in service anyway. This model was a birthday present and one thing that doesn't show from this angle is the groom's dog at his feet. I also provided a horse, all from the Langley Models range. :)

A closer view of the end with the train alarm gear. I never found any evidence of this in the as-built GCR condition.

Historical and service

The prototype as-built.

Pictures of this horsebox are not common but here's an interesting view at Chalfont Road in early GCR days. A 4-4-0 is passing with a short express of three clerestory carriages, plus a matching bogie van, and three GCR horse boxes.

This is believed to be a Leicester-Chesterfield Ordinary Passenger train c1922. Behind the Atlantic are six GCR horse boxes, a 4w van of some kind, and at least two carriages.

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It's 8th April 1939 and B17 No 2862 Manchester United is passing Welwyn Garden City with an Up Cambridge express. I suspect that this is a "Beer Train" strengthened for the Saturday but a combination of haze and drifting exhaust has shrouded the details. Behind the tender is a veteran ex-GCR horse box, still on the original grease axleboxes. Photo: E.R. Wethersett.

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Horse and race traffic is here.

Other GC models are here:

Clerestory 50ft coaches.

6w goods brake van

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