Accurascale ACC2356 BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000

BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
BR Mk1 57' Non-Gangway Coach - C - Plain Maroon M41000
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Product Description

Expected Delivery Q2 2024 (Subject to Change at Manufacturer's Discretion).

Part of the ‘Transporting Britain’ range, these coaches were synonymous with the East Anglian commuter traffic heading in and out of Kings Cross, Moorgate and Liverpool Street, however their use extended beyond just the capital, being used across the Eastern, Western, Midland and Scottish regions.

Common Features:

  • Highly-detailed OO Gauge / 1:76.2 Scale Models on 16.5mm track
  • Die-Cast metal chassis with plastic body for ideal running weight
  • Accurate, replica BREL BR1 bogies, with separate detailing where appropriate, brake blocks aligned with wheels
  • Blackened RP25-110 Profile Wheels set in to blackened Brass Bearings for smooth, friction free running on 26mm axles
  • NEM Standard coupling sockets with a kinematic close coupling system
  • Scale width wire handrails, water pipes and passenger communication gear
  • Separately fitted door handles and lamp brackets
  • Headstock pipes and cabling included
  • Fully detailed, die cast under-frame featuring vacuum cylinders, battery boxes dynamo and piping all separately applied
  • Easily removable, magnetically attached roof for easy access to interior for detailing and passenger fitting
  • Fully accurate, replica interior layouts, complete with highly detailed seating, and luggage racks, fully decorated
  • Interior Bulkheads featuring framed artworks
  • Prism free flush glazing
  • Separately fitted roof vents, in correct locations
  • Full lighting package, including
    • magnet 'wand' controlled interior lighting
    • All bogie pick-ups
    • 'Stay-Alive' super-capacitor bank in all coaches for flicker free light

Accurascale today announces a second production run of their forthcoming OO/4mm Gauge Mark 1 56ft 11” non-gangway suburban coaches in Maroon livery, following much demand from modellers.

Prototype History
British Railways’ second livery epoch heralded a number of significant milestones in the story of the United Kingdom’s ‘modern’ era; changes that extended beyond a mere change in coaching stock livery.

Coaching stock in the initial period of railway nationalisation still reflected a strong regional livery bias and British Railways’ own ‘Crimson and Cream’ livery added to the mix, particularly where corridor stock was concerned. The desire for a unified ‘national’ livery by the British Railways Board coincided with the difficulties experienced in keeping the upper cream panels of passenger stock clean and despite the continued regional autonomy within British Railways, in 1956, Mk.1 corridor stock began to appear in an LMS inspired lined Maroon livery on the Midland, Scottish and Eastern regions.

The change in appearance for the 57’ Mk.1 non-gangway stock was less marked, as the existing plain all-over Carmine Red weathered down to a shade not dissimilar to BR Maroon, but by 1959 the majority of the fleet was painted in the new livery. Regional preferences did still have an influence on the appearance of the stock, with the Eastern Region opting for a plain maroon livery, whereas Midland and Western Region stock appeared with the same lining as the gangway stock, The Scottish Region, which served both Eastern and Midland Regions, had a mixture of plain and unlined stock.

Again though, a difference existed within the lining specifications, with the Midland Region opting for a high waist lining, to match existing Stanier non-gangway stock, whereas the Western Region used a lower waist lining, applied to the BR specification by the Swindon drawing offices. In time, as stock cascaded, the boundaries blurred and eventually all three styles could be observed on the Midland and Eastern Regions.

Unlike the Eastern Region’s inner and outer suburban diagrams, which were formed into purely 57’ Mk.1 non-gangway sets by this period, suburban diagrams in the Midland and Scottish Regions were formed from a combination of pre-nationalisation and Mk.1 types, with Stanier, Thompson and even Reid non-gangway stock being marshalled into diagrams with the 57’ stock. The Mk.1 57’ Brake Thirds were especially useful, particularly in mixed freight trains, and some wonderful images were captured of Gresley V2 60813 on the Waverley Line, with a Brake Third being used to get railway employee’s children from Riccarton Junction to school in Hawick.

The ‘Maroon’ period also coincided with the abolition of Third Class, which led to the vehicle designation legends being changed on the exteriors of all 57’ non-gangway stock, as well as the removal of the ‘3’ from the former Third Class compartments, however like the application of the maroon livery, this change was not instantaneous, with some stock still being in Carmine Red and designated as Third into 1964.

The adoption of broad coloured cantrail bands to denote First Class and Dining accommodation began to be adopted on BR coaching stock from 1960 and while there was no provision of dining areas, and thus no need for the red dining bands, on non-gangway stock, the yellow First Class bands had been broadly adopted on non-gangway stock by 1963. During 1964 and 1965, livery application also changed, initiated by Eastleigh Works, with vehicle painting being undertaken by airless brushing, allowing the bodyside colour to be carried round onto the ends of the carriages.

A final change to the appearance of the 57’ non-gangway stock applied to the Brake Seconds, as in August 1963 the requirement for Guard’s to observe signals was withdrawn and thus the periscopes could be removed from the roofs, especially useful for vehicles operating in and around London.

The Model
Initially launched in the summer of 2022 after a long development period behind the scenes, Accurascale’s tooling suite of Mark 1 suburban coaches allows modellers to recreate an authentic rake of these workhorses for the first time in ready-to-run format and offered a 21st century rendition of these essential vehicles. Featuring an exquisite level of detail and an unbeatable specification including full interior lighting, fully detailed interior and a museum quality finish, they were offered in BR all-over carmine and BR all-over rail blue.

With the first batch of carmine and blue coaches nearing completion at the factory and are due in stock in Q2 of this year, Accurascale can turn our attention to the maroon coaches almost straight away.

First up, Accurascale are offering the Midland Region BS, C, S and SO in Maroon, without and without lining. The lined Midland vehicles typically carried their lining lower than the BR spec, to match against the lined Stanier stock. Accurascale will also be covering the Scottish Region, with a BS, C and S in Maroon, all lined, but in BR and Stanier positions. Being based on circa 1962 photos, the First Class yellow stripe has now appeared.

Production of these coaches begins shortly, with the decorated samples above provided when Accurascale first received samples from the blue and carmine production run (explaining the wobbly foot boards, which will be corrected on production models to be arrow straight!) and delivery will be in Q1 2025. Price will be the same as the first production run at £64.95 each.