The ‘B’ unit was built almost exactly the same way, even though it’s much shorter (in model form, I worked it out to be about 20mm shorter) and it has solid doors in the centre, as opposed to cage doors. The inner end also features a hose pipe and reel, which I think is to extinguish any fires caused by the grinding. A lot of the roof detail is different and another peculiarity is that this unit is lower than the other (about 2mm on the model). I studied dozens of photographs to confirm this difference and I still don’t understand why it’s like that. Surely, it could have been made in the same way, for the sake of aesthetics? I placed a coupling hook on the front of this unit, as it was not possible on the ‘A’ unit, due to the block that protrudes from underneath. I made my own decals using Crafty Computer Paper.
Loram Schweerbau SPML rail grinder DR79201-A and DR79201-B rests in the yard at Didcot Parkway on May 2 2011. The difference in length and height of both cars is clear to see; these differences certainly don’t improve the machine’s unconventional looks!