Claptowte Railway - Passenger Coach No 8

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2018 was something of a manic year for me on the domestic front such that I had no time for modelling after about May of that year. After getting off to a bit of a shaky start to 2019 I have at last found some time to get back to it. The result is my seventh passenger coach, a brake/third with the running number of No8. There will be an identical coach, No9.

The coach is based on the LGB Jackson Sharp US outline combine. As with the Claptowte Railway passenger coach No6, an all third based on the LGB Jackson Sharp passenger coach, the intention is to Anglicise its appearance to allow it to pass for a freelance British narrow gauge coach.

For reference, here is a link to Coach No6
Claptowte Railway - Passenger Coach No 6 - G Scale Central

Below are various views of the new unmodified coach before I attacked it with scalpel and razor saw.

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After dismantling the coach the conversion was started by removing the glazing and sawing through alternate window frames to create two large windows each side of the passenger compartment instead of the original four small ones. These, together with the toilet compartment window were then framed out with 2.0 x 1.5mm plasticard strip to give a more British appearance.

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The sliding doors to the luggage (baggage) compartment were discarded and replaced with new ones made from 2.5mm plasticard sheet. The windows were cut out and framed to match the body of the coach. The doors were scribed to match the planking of the coach body. The handrails came from the spares box and originated from the balcony end of a LGB Toytrain high sided open wagon.

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The windows each side of the luggage compartment were covered over with guards duckets scratch built from plasticard sheet. Thin platicard boards were glued to the coach sides to take the lettering and numbering.

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The original balcony railings were cut off and replaced with whitemetal castings from GRS. I purchased three sets of these castings many years ago with the intention of ultimately using them on all of the Jackson Sharp conversions, the two all third coaches (Nos 6 & 7) and the two brake/thirds (Nos 8 & 9). The kits contain sufficient railing sections to include balcony gates as fitted to Coach No6. Unfortunately GRS has discontinued this item so I was not able to purchase a fourth set. As a result, I have had to modify the remaining balconies to do away with gates. The castings are wrapped overall with a brass wire handrail. The cast railings were fitted with a plasticard boards to which were attached GRS etched brass lamp irons.

The wire handrails fitted to the coach body appeared too low when compared to the new balcony railings. These were removed, reshaped and refitted to make them roughly the same height as the new handrail.

The other modifications to the balcony ends are the addition of centre buffers and vacuum brake pipes. These items are also LGB Toytrain items salvaged when creating the coaches made by joining two Toytrain 4-wheel items together back to back.

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The roof of the coach was fitted out with GRS lamp tops and ventilators together with brass wire/plasticard rod for conduits.

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The bogies (trucks) have been re-wheeled with Al Kramer bright nickel plated solid brass wheels imported from the US. These wheels are standard fitting to all Claptowte Railway stock. They are super heavy and provide a low centre of gravity for stable running.

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The coach seats have been modified to provide a more open and spacious interior. The side boards just pull off and the holes are filled with plastic rod. The seat backs have been sawn through and the back boards removed. The upholstered portions are then re-glued to provide lower and better proportioned seat backs.

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That completes the structural alterations, now it is into the paint shop to complete the makeover. I hope it will not be too long until I can post some photos of the completed painted, glazed and lettered coach.

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nice transformation
 
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That is coming together very well,I like the larger windows,food for thought as I have the passenger car and thinking maybe some sort of observation car could see the light of day,thanks for posting:rock::rock:
 
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Love this
 
Rhinochugger

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Shouldn't the khazi have a nice wooden seat? :cool::cool:

Sometimes oi sits and thinks :nerd::nerd:
an' sometimes oi just sits :wasntme::wasntme:
 
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Another great build David,:rock::rock::rock::rock::rock:but agree with Rhino about the loo seat and just a thought,,,,,a little privacy on that compartment window?:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
 
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Got to be some people to do the nit picking........just glad it wasn't me! Just beautiful, would love to see No 8 in its place in a consist.
 
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A couple of before and after shots with the future No 9

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Got to be some people to do the nit picking........just glad it wasn't me! Just beautiful, would love to see No 8 in its place in a consist.
I think David is rather used to us nits - in any case, the coach that I built doesn't have any detail inside - apart from one partition, and a cowboy pointing his pistol out of the window :cool:



No, not that window o_Oo_Oo_Oo_O
 
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With all the great upgrades to those coaches, I do hope you converted the rest rooms to "Retention Tanks" while you were at it; although I don't see them in your pictures. Just dumping the contents of the hoppers along the tracks is not allowed in this new World of ours...!!!:shake:
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Completed twins, Claptowte Railway Brake/Thirds No 8 & No 9

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