LMS & LSWR Brake Vans and plenty of new samples!
Greetings and welcome to September’s edition of The Engine Shed – Hornby’s regular Development blog, providing you with all the latest news from Margate.
With only a small number of new tooling projects left to examine in detail, we have chosen to highlight the full development story of the LMS and LSWR Brake Vans. Revealed as a totally new project for 2019, the decoration samples for both of these models were recently received.
We will also be looking at other samples that have arrived in the last few weeks including the decorated sample of the R3739 Class 87. There are also a number of signed and approval samples shown this month, providing you with a first look at several models before they are released. Almost all of the mentioned locomotives are due for release in the next few weeks.
LMS & LSWR ‘New Vans’ Brake Vans
Announced in January, these two projects have progressed steadily throughout the year following their design in 2018. With the first development stages showcased in the Engine Shed, which were early engineering samples, the development has continued to the final stages.
While these two models can be found next to each other in the catalogue they both deserve their own sections as we look back on just how far both sets of models have come.
LMS Brake Van
Work was started by the Hornby designer in late January 2018, with the project taking approximately five weeks to complete.
A research trip was possible for the LMS Brake Van and both the designer and researcher went to Tunbridge Wells to visit Spa Valley. With their trusty measuring stick, plenty of reference photos were taken which were added to drawings already sourced. While reference photos are always useful, the drawings by their very nature were detailed and offered the primary source for the design work.
Many modellers will know that there were several different diagrams of these brake vans and these had to be catered for by the Hornby designer.
There were three areas that were concentrated upon in the design. The first was the hand and vacuum brake included in the interior. While both versions are present on the diagrams, these had to be designed with the vacuum brake which included the gauge on the side where appropriate.
The ballast weights also needed attention, as these also moved depending on the diagram. The slimmer and larger weights needed to be incorporated and this gave the designer, arguably, his biggest challenge.
From a manufacturing perspective, these weights would have to impact on the chassis as little as possible, so that the design could accurately replicate the wagon without having to needlessly incur extra cost.
The third and final difference was the width across the ducketts, located on both sides of the brake van. On diagram D1919 this was 8'6" and on diagram D2068 it was 9ft. This has been carefully replicated in the models design.
The LMS Brake Van also offered the designer ample opportunity to add extra detailing. The interior has required plenty of attention, including the hand or vacuum brake as mentioned above, plus a seat for the guard to look out the duckett together with a stove and bench (storage).
LSWR ‘New Vans’
This model was designed following the completion of the LMS Brake Van, which was in March 2018, with the design work being finished before the month concluded.
Sources for the design were much harder to come by for the ‘New Van’. However, historical photographs and drawings were found but were not as numerous as for the LMS brake van.
The same basic construction of the model was similar to the LMS Brake Van and, in many respects, was simpler with fewer differences between the versions being modelled and therefore a less complex design.
Once again the designer included as much interior detailing as possible. The seats, brake handle and wheel, plus a stove were incorporated as well as an abundance of exterior detail.
The sanding mechanism and pipes have been modelled, with the sand pipes being produced in wire form. Normally only found on locomotives, this was found to be the best option to achieve the result requested.
Despite fewer variances of this brake van, there were still plenty to be found between the LSWR and SR versions. Perhaps the most noticeable was the small lamps that were present on the LSWR iteration but missing from the SR. In fact, you can see where the SR version had the lamps removed as lamp brackets have been included on either side of the model.
There are also some minor differences between the buffers. Some buffers were strengthened, others left unstrengthened but this varied between the individual brake vans themselves.
While the ducketts themselves are no different, it will be noticed that one is welded while the other is rivetted onto the wagon.
These differences are likely to be less noticeable but certainly they are no less important which is why the designer made sure they were captured in the design and therefore the models.
Included with the Brake Van are small destination-type boards.
R3739 Class 87 'Royal Scot' and 'Stephenson'
Alongside the LMS and LSWR Brake Van decoration samples we also received the dual named Class 87. Having not been able to offer any photographs of this model up until this point, we can now present the first look at the model itself.
Please remember that as a decoration sample it is far from the finished article but it should provide you with a solid first impression of what you can expect.
The R3739 Class 87 is currently due for release towards the end of the year or in the very early start of 2020.
R3706 and R3707 Ruston & Hornsby 48DS
We have been following the development of these small engines throughout this year and both the War Department and Longmorn Distillery liveries are rapidly approaching release. With the signed samples for both having been received recently.
There should not be too much longer to wait for these diminutive diesels, especially as the first of the 48DS models has already arrived and will likely be with your retailer as you read this.
R3760 Class 59
We do like to show you as many models as we can before they are released and one such model is the R3760 GBRf Class 59 looking particularly appealing in the bright GBRf corporate colours.
Signal Box Special
As we mentioned at the start of the blog, with the arrival of the second series of the Great Model Railway Challenge courtesy of Channel 5 we have been offering a special companion to each and every episode of the show.
Recapping on the fascinating modelling and chatting to the winning team, Signal Box host Mike has been offering more insight into the layouts and people that you see when tuning in. Just this week, Mike spoke to the winners of heat two which used the theme of ‘Classic Books’. If you are enjoying the show, be sure to watch our special series shedding more light on what goes on.
Plus, do not forget, episode three of the Great Model Railway Challenge will be on our screens tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm.
Thank you for joining us for September’s blog.
Just before we go, if you managed to miss our recent announcement and are searching for how you may be able to get your family into model railways, do take a look at Hornby’s Family Fun Project. It is a new initiative designed to get the whole family modelling by producing a small layout which can easily be stored anywhere.
The Engine Shed team