GWR VW Railcar

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Many years ago, it stuck me that the Great Western Shirt Button logo had a similarity to the VW badge!
The GWRs successor BRs Western Region also seemed to have a Germanic link demonstrated through their adoption of Hydraulic transmission for their diesels and in particular their version of the DB V200 in the form of the D800 Warship class
I also thought the VW beetle van family seemed to have something of the DNA of both the V200s and the GWRs 1930s streamlined railcars
So when passing a Toyshop with an impressive display of Kinsmart 1/24 scale VW minibuses in its window, it isn’t surprising that I came away with two for a future project.
They sat on a shelf at home until the Grail 2019 show at Nottingham when at the Fosworks stand a Fosmotor was bought along with three further matching non powdered wheel sets.
With these materials in hand the whole lot sat awaiting their turn in my build queue
Lockdown meant that they eventually got to the workbench !
The task of creating a rail car from these components seemed relatively straightforward
The Idea being that BRs western region looked for an ultra cheap option to rescue low usage branch lines before Dr Beeching would do his worst
The conversion involved using brass angle to mount the wheels
These would also double as footboards on the vehicles sides
The floor pans of the two vans were set about with a power file to accommodate the wheels and axles
All went well until I realised the supplied wheel sets were non insulated
Being one of those bods relying on powered track it meant removing the wheels from each axle on one side, drilling the wheel centres and then insulating the axle shoulders prior to reassembling
With a bit of painting and the addition of the GWR logo on the bonnets the conversion was relatively swift and relatively simple
 

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Many years ago, it stuck me that the Great Western Shirt Button logo had a similarity to the VW badge!
The GWRs successor BRs Western Region also seemed to have a Germanic link demonstrated through their adoption of Hydraulic transmission for their diesels and in particular their version of the DB V200 in the form of the D800 Warship class
I also thought the VW beetle van family seemed to have something of the DNA of both the V200s and the GWRs 1930s streamlined railcars
So when passing a Toyshop with an impressive display of Kinsmart 1/24 scale VW minibuses in its window, it isn’t surprising that I came away with two for a future project.
They sat on a shelf at home until the Grail 2019 show at Nottingham when at the Fosworks stand a Fosmotor was bought along with three further matching non powdered wheel sets.
With these materials in hand the whole lot sat awaiting their turn in my build queue
Lockdown meant that they eventually got to the workbench !
The task of creating a rail car from these components seemed relatively straightforward
The Idea being that BRs western region looked for an ultra cheap option to rescue low usage branch lines before Dr Beeching would do his worst
The conversion involved using brass angle to mount the wheels
These would also double as footboards on the vehicles sides
The floor pans of the two vans were set about with a power file to accommodate the wheels and axles
All went well until I realised the supplied wheel sets were non insulated
Being one of those bods relying on powered track it meant removing the wheels from each axle on one side, drilling the wheel centres and then insulating the axle shoulders prior to reassembling
With a bit of painting and the addition of the GWR logo on the bonnets the conversion was relatively swift and relatively simple
Hopefully will there be a video of it in action, please?
 
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In action?
Ok take the big one.

20 Vw Bus were made abd rub for Deutsche Bundesbahn.
 
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All it needs is a couple of surf boards & some dudes!
 
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Would love to see the VW railbus in action. Is there a clip on YouTube or similar?
 
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Would love to see the VW railbus in action. Is there a clip on YouTube or similar?
Here is a short clip of it running on my test track
Chris
Would love to see the VW railbus in action. Is there a clip on YouTube or similar?
have got a clip of the Railbus running but at present having issues uploading it
Will try and sort
 
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Here is a short clip of it running on my test track
Chris

have got a clip of the Railbus running but at present having issues uploading it
Will try and sort
Thanks. Look forward to seeing it.

I looked on ebay Germany yesterday and they are now circa £200 including postage. I was debating whether to get one.

Paul
 
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Brekina Draisine VW Bus für LGB -17- | eBay[/URL]

Or in blue:
Brekina Spur G Draisine Klv 20 _ VW Bus T1 mit Motor _ blau __ NEU | eBay
Or in blue from grootspoor / Netherland:

Her another link from >Kieskämper / Germay in red:
 
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Thanks. Look forward to seeing it.

I looked on ebay Germany yesterday and they are now circa £200 including postage. I was debating whether to get one.

Paul
I think the various bits to build the pair came to well under half the eBay figure
But I suspect the off the peg model will in the long run be more reliable and probably have all sorts of features (lights?) etc
 
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Or in blue from grootspoor / Netherland:

Her another link from >Kieskämper / Germay in red:
Unfortunately the maroon one from Kieskamper for 99 Euros had sold out when I tried to order. But I appreciate the links you sent me. I can't afford to pay £200 for a maroon version on ebay so will have to sit pretty until one magically appears :)
 
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I think the various bits to build the pair came to well under half the eBay figure
But I suspect the off the peg model will in the long run be more reliable and probably have all sorts of features (lights?) etc
Thanks but I'm looking for a ready to run version. I will see what comes up online.