Having completed his recent big projects, 'Lyd' and the KMX Tamper, Himself is now working on finishing off some long-term projects before hopefully getting down to some more scenic progress on the layout.
One item that's been sitting incomplete on the shelf for a wee while now is the ex-Chattenden & Upnor passenger brake.
Its main use on the WHR has been as a mess coach for construction trains, but it has also been employed as a passenger brake during gala events.
It was built to 2' 6" gauge in 1957 by D. Wickham & Co. Ltd for the military and was known as a Combination Car (because it had separate compartments for officers and ratings). It was then sold to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway in 1961, who in turn sold it, minus bogies, to the 2' gauge South Tynedale Railway in 1989. It was not used there either and was subsequently bought at the outset of the WHR project.fo It has been regauged from 2'6" to 2' gauge, by fitting a pair of South African bogies, and has been painted to match the standard FR/WHR carriage livery.
I was intending to scratch build a model of it, and took down some basic measurements many years ago, but in the meantime Worsley Works produced one of their scratch-aid kits in etched brass, which provides the basis of our model.
It has had a roof and other details such as handrails made up and is now being painted. Here is it is below dismantled and given a coat of primer.
You can see that Himself has made up a basic interior including the slatted bench seats.
It may possibly be taken for a run around the sprial when we take Dduallt to Railex at the end of the month