Midland Pullman deluxe edition
If you missed it the first time round, Graham Farish has produced a second run of the six-car Metro-cammell ‘Midland Pullman’ in original condition and livery. The original version was reviewed in Model Rail in February 2013 (MR178) and the model itself is just as it was upon its initial release. This time, the car numbers are those previously offered by Farish in the ‘custard-dip’ yellow-ended livery; now they’re produced in the original livery. Unlike its ‘OO’ counterpart, the ‘N’ gauge blue Pullman has no lighting or electrical pick-ups on the trailer coaches, and is fitted with conventional Rapido ‘N’ gauge couplers. The twin power cars have direction-controlled head and tail lights. What’s different this time around is how the Midland Pullman is offered. The trains are ‘N’ gauge so you may be confused by the size of the packaging. However, the reason for the bulk is because there’s a rather nice A3-size canvas inside with that delightful box art on it.
There are more goodies the further you delve: a copy of Kevin Robertson’s book Midland Pullman - An Illustrated Journey, a reproduction menu and wine list (which also offers a selection of cigarettes and high tea for 10s 6d) plus a pack of figures.
The six figures depict standing crew members waiting to board the train. Two stewards are modelled in a classic, ‘stand at ease’ pose, while at hird is greeting passengers and the fourth is lifting a heavy case. The guard and driver are in modelled in standard uniform. Bachmann’s Colin Allbright and I discussed the choice of uniform before the figures were produced and we felt that it was more usual to see drivers in standard uniform than the much-disliked ‘ice cream man’ white coats, which only came out for press events and special occasions. The figures are exquisitely painted, with the ties and blue collars of the stewards’ jackets neatly picked out. The figures are currently only available in this train pack. (CJL)