These models are known as the ‘Pairs’ coaches. They came about when the original four-wheel coach chassis wore out. The railway took a pair of old bodies and mounted them together on new bogie underframes – and this is how they acquired their name. We are modelling three types, a brake composite F54, a third class coach and a composite coach.
It is possible to have at least six different running numbers for each of the third class and composite coaches. We supply these numbers on a transfer sheet for the customer to apply themselves. The brake composite has only the running number F54. This is also supplied on a transfer sheet. This means that if the customer wishes to run them as ‘data only’ on their customised railway, they can add their own personalised numbering system.
In 2019 we added a half-brake to the range, a freelance vehicle based on a “what if” scenario, supposing the Isle of Man Railway used an ‘E’ Van and a four-wheel coach to create a version with a proper brake compartment. Since this coach never existed it is not supplied with running numbers!
These coaches are manufactured from plastic with die cast bogies and have an additional 32mm wheel set supplied so the customer can change gauges. A “Garden Rail” magazine review of these coaches can be read here IoM coaches review
- Scale: 15mm to 1 foot (1:20.3)
- Length over couplings: 587mm (23 inches)
- Width over footboards: 135mm (5 ¼ inches)
- Height: 139mm (5 ½ inches)
- Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
- Min Radius: 900mm (3 feet)
Versions available, subject to production batch:
R19-15 – I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – BRAKE COMPOSITE
R19-16 – I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – THIRD
R19-17 – I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – COMPOSITE
R19-26– I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – HALF BRAKE