Cre­ate a be­spoke coach

Daryl Har­ris-sax­ton of­fers some tech­niques for suc­cess­ful kit-bash­ing.

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Mur­phy Mod­els’ Cravens coach­ing stock proved a big hit with mod­ellers of Ir­ish rail­ways, but there is one es­sen­tial ve­hi­cle that ran with the Cravens that’s not cur­rently avail­able – the Gen­er­at­ing Steam Van (GSV). The GSVS were con­verted from ex-bri­tish Rail Mk 1 Cor­ri­dor Brakes in the early 1970s, specif­i­cally to pro­vide steam heat­ing to the Cravens stock. A diesel gen­er­a­tor pow­ered the steam heat­ing boiler. They rode on 5ft 3in gauge BR B5-type bo­gies. There was only one way to have one on my lay­out – I was go­ing to have to make my own. Like the real things, my model also started life as a Bach­mann BR Mk 1 Brake Sec­ond Cor­ri­dor, which was fully dis­man­tled, ready for con­ver­sion. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions were nec­es­sary to the un­der­frame, the car­riage ends and roof. Plenty of work was needed on the body­sides too, with one set of dou­ble doors be­ing sealed-up on each side, along with the two sin­gle-width pas­sen­ger doors. In­deed, the re­mod­elling of these win­dow and door aper­tures as well as the in­stal­la­tion of a set of ven­ti­la­tion lou­vres for the diesel gen­er­a­tor, were per­haps the big­gest chal­lenge of the build. Re­place­ment buf­fers and gang­ways were re­quired for a more au­then­tic ap­pear­ance and their lo­ca­tion had to be al­tered slightly so that they matched their coun­ter­parts on the Cravens stock. This has been an en­joy­able project and I must ex­tend my thanks to the help­ful folk on the Ir­ish Rail­way Mod­ellers fo­rum, for all their as­sis­tance.

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