Mid­land Pull­man deluxe edi­tion

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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.

GO FIG­URE

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)

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