Prototype Useful train formations

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by West Junction, 4 February 2016.

  1. West Junction

    West Junction Western Thunderer

    My brother took this picture at West Drayton Middlesex about 1964 and I thought it might be useful for those modelling the early WR diesel scene who don't have room for long trains.

    Train formation.jpg
  2. Ian G

    Ian G Western Thunderer

    I remeber as a youngster watching the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury DMU towing a single van behind, never found out why.

    Ian G
  3. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    Perhaps the driver could see better than if it was being pushed!
  4. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    Tail loads behind DMUs were not unknown in those days (though I dare say the Aylesbury train was a DSU).
  5. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Any ideas why the steel bodied van on the right (ex gunpowder?) has a window in the end? Some departmental use I guess?

  6. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

  7. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    Not an ex-gunpowder van at all. The GWR built "iron" bodied covered wagons for several departments, two examples are tool vans for Pooley (installation and servicing of weighing equipment) and mobile air compressors for the civil engineers. Some of the wagons were four wheel and some were six wheel... a fair number of these wagons were allocated diagrams and hence drawings are available.
    Rob Pulham likes this.
  8. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Aah yep, that would make sense. Thanks Dave!

    You too Graham, much appreciated.