After my last blog where I enthused about the beauty of the Waggonfabrik Uerdingen AG coaches on the Waveney Valley Railway I received an email from Mark Crane with some very interesting information.
Mark told me that Station Road Steam in Lincolnshire have restored one of the coaches and it is for sale. Full details of the coach and a lot more pictures can be found on the Station Road Steam website here.
I must say the Station Road Steam team have done a fantastic job of the restoration. Look at the beautiful teak and the lovely green livery. The coach is priced at £11,500. I’m no expert on the value on miniature railway stock but that seems pretty reasonable to me.
Gosh, I am tempted. Although there are a few minor things I have to keep in mind.
- I don’t have the space to store it.
- I don’t have any track to run it on.
- I’m not sure I can persuade my wife that we really need a vintage miniature railway coach.
- I searched hard but I can only find £2.53 down the back of the sofa
I guess it will have to stay a pipe dream until I win the lottery!
Many thanks to Mark for emailing me, and fuelling my dreams. (Mark – I tried to reply but my mails are bouncing back because your servers think my emails are spam. I suppose IT systems don’t appreciate trains like we do!).
Finally, I hope the Station Road Steam team don’t mind me using one of their photos for this blog. The coach is so beautiful I couldn’t resist….
The coaches and brake van are finished. I wanted them to look like the ‘workhorse’ coaches for the line so they are painted in a simple green livery with dark grey roofs (Humbrol GWR/BR Green and Humbrol BR Coach Roof Grey).
I do like to see people in coaches so there are passengers and guards inside. It does take time to paint the figures but it brings things to life.
There is a small amount of detailing on the stock. I painted brass door handles and added some Springside Models tail lamps to the brake vans. Add Greenwich couplings and they are ready to roll. I can’t wait to test them on the track….
I’ve partly painted the carriages. They’re not quite right but they are getting there.
They will need some passengers so I have some ‘matchstick people’ on my workbench too. I need a little more inspiration for the colours of their clothes. Hopefully a quick image search will inspire me…
On my workbench at the moment are four Parkside Dundas kits. Two are two compartment 4 wheel coaches (one as a brake), one is an open two compartment 4 wheel coach and the last is a 4 wheel guards van. The brake van is a Vale of Rheidol prototype and the others are freelance designs based on VoR / Glyn Valley Tramway style rolling stock.
My plan is to combine them to make a variety of two and three coach passenger trains. I’m hoping these short trains will work well on my small layout.
.. you wait for one and three turn up together.
These are three Colin Ashby freelance coaches, together with the CWRailways freelance brake van. All in Citadel Moot Green with touches of Humbrol Dirty Black. Perhaps the green isn’t prototypical but I like it.