Can You Pick ‘Em : Vehicles From Wickham
… and general engineering “staff transport”.
Passenger vehicles were also commissioned, largely for “third world” operators.
But, generally, if it ran on rails …
… it could issue forth from the Ware factory.
For most of us “of a certain age” the name Wickham will be for ever associated with British Railways’ abortive “railbus” experiment. The “Wickhams” ended up in Scotland …
… where hey were almost as popular as Pacers! In the end, they did not save branch lines and soon the railbus (and the branch lines!) passed into history.
There is no room in the model trolley for a motor so it is hidden in the heap of gravel in the truck that the trolley tows. They are inseparable!
Now for a modest (?) £45, you can buy a garage for your trolley.
In the real 12 inches to the foot world, hulking great railway workers would manhandle trolley and trainer into their respective hutches.
One oir two heritage railways have Wickham trolleys and give rides in them …
At least one railway appears to have used a trolley to pull a coach – presumably very very slowly!
fbb would quite fancy a trundle in the inspection saloon labelled EFG and illustrated earlier. Perhaps Notwork Rail would arrange a path on the line from Axminster to Waterloo and back?
Although these maps are superb examples of the cartographer’s art, fbb does sometimes wonder whether they can be too complicated.
… which seems OK. But then look at the greater Velizy industrial development.
… also no longer exists. The Paladin network is no more and is replaced by a new network called Bus de la Bievre with routes numbered in the 400s.
It is in a tunnel, but with posh platforms, stairs and escalators.
They are far too thick. When first introduced, Airfix kits’ windows were far too thick (above on the left) so modellers inserted them backwards (above right and they looked better.
But they are still too thick to in comparison with those already installed in the Poachers cottage. Fortunately, fbb had some bits from a pack of “mixed” windows sold by Ratio (a Peco company) and several fitted reasonably well. Two needed bodging from a twelve pane window to a six pane and a four pane ditto.
And, lo and behold, clear as crystal, we have thin windows!
And here is the finished product on its base and in place on the layout. More work to be done, of course, but it looks good.
The Poachers cottage project has been a great therapy in a busy and elderly life!!
The local press has reported the non-operation of this tour branded City Sightseeing.