by Peter Richards
This is a short rake of Brandbright coach kits that were a Christmas present from my wife three Christmases ago. They were constructed during 2012 with the outsides spray painted before assembly and the insides treated to the traditional camel-hair brush!
The couplings are Accucraft as in recent years I’ve been changing over to the them. Although they look a little over-scale, they do work well. Prior to these I used the chopper couplings originally marketed by Clay Cellers, later by P & J Models, and though these work well they have the disadvantage of being ‘single ended’.
All these photos were taken on the Fivelanes & Launceston Rly MkIII in Cornwall but now the coaches are now sitting on a shelf on the opposite side of the world in New Zealand whilst plans for the Fivelanes & Launceston Rly MkIV are being finalised.
The brake kit in a partially made state
Nearing completion, having gained some passengers (two out of sight!) and a Guard
Second class kit in its nearly finished state
The two second class coaches receiving some additional roof detail.
The finished coaches sitting at the platform of Tregadillett Road station on the Fivelanes & Launceston Rly
Close-up of the brake coach waiting in the station
The other side of the coach whilst out on the single line.
The three coaches in the platform whilst the engine, a Merlin Mayflower called ‘Megan’ has gone for servicing, her place to be taken by a Roundhouse Lady Anne called ‘Demelza’
The train departing behind ‘Demelza’
Text and photos by Peter Richards