All the Gauge 2 passenger stock is currently Carrette tinplate.
Carrette Gauge 2 LNWR 6-wheel Brake Third
In all, there are ten of these Carette 6-wheelers in varying
conditions. Some, like this one, have been converted to
4-wheelers by removing the centre wheelset and fixing the
swivelling end trucks in position. In this form they are
steadier runners, but the long fixed wheelbase still makes them
prone to derailment. As 4-wheelers, they are closer to scale,
since all the Carette for Bassett Lowke passenger stock was
foreshortened from scale dimensions. The side duckets are
vulnerable to derailment as can be seen here.
The 'Cleminson' articulated underframe allowed them to operate
on tinplate layouts and can be made to run reasonably well but
these coaches are not an ideal load for steam locomotives
because the risk of derailment never goes away.
Carette LNWR bogie composite.
scale this coach comes out at 38' long, about 1 compartment
shorter than the prototype which presumably was the LNWR 42' arc
roofed coach. In addition, the Third class compartments are the
same size as the Firsts, which would never do! Despite this, the
model is a handsome vehicle. This one was included in the
'Abergavenn' lot from SAS and like the other G2 coaches from
this source was filled to the waist with cement! The litho print
is heavily darkened by some unknown process that has penetrated
the ink and does not clean up. These models have the cast iron
G2 wheelsets which are believed to have been an option at the
time and are much safer in running than the free floating
Carette Gauge 2 GW Celestory Roof Composite
From the 'Abergavenny' collection, experimentally wrapped in
vinyl ink jet printed photograph, original kindly supplied
by Ned Williams. Most buffers on these vehicles are 3D printed
replacements. Originally filled with cement up to the waist!
Carette Gauge 2 GW Full Brake
, from the
'Abergavenny' collection. Body in as found condition, underframe
restored to running order. Note the heavy discolouration of the
litho - this penetrates right through and is not just a surface
discolouration. All the vehicles in this collection are affected
in the same way. Maybe 100 years in someone's garage, with oil
and petrol fumes?
Here's a video of 'Abergavenny' with the bogie coaches and the