Discussion in 'Coaching stock' started by Clive Mark, 8 September 2016.

  1. Clive Mark

    Clive Mark New Member

    I'll start with a story.
    Twice in the same year when I was about nine we caught a morning train at Didcot to go to London. On both occasions the entire rake was chocolate and cream hauled by a green hymek. I'm fairly sure the train would have originated from Worcester/Hereford. As the train approached Didcot from the north the whole length picked up the morning sun. It was a glorious sight which is why I can remember it so clearly.

    As the train pulled in I can remember my father moaning at how jaded the carriage paint work was on several coaches. (there is a clue). As the years go by dates become confused but I wonder if it was 1965 0r 1966.

    A thread on RM web has stated the last known Choc Cream Mk1 was a Brake second in 1968 and a link takes you to a picture in Sheffield. The paintwork is remarkably good.

    My question is this. Could the full rake of Choc Creams I travelled in been as late as 1966?

    My hunch is that they were deliberately put together for a while pending admission to some carriage works to be repainted en mass probably straight to the new blue/grey livery.

    Does anyone know of this train? It would be great to model a full rake of chocs for as late as 1966.

    If not, then presumably the odd choc cream could be found behind the first maroon warships or first blue westerns even?
    Last edited: 8 September 2016