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Review of Bachmann 4mm Scale Bulleid Coaches

Introduced by Bachmann in 1993, BR(S) modellers could be justifiably pleased with the arrival at long last of a range of 4mm scale ready to run Bulleid coaches.

The bodyside captures the continuous curve of the prototype well and includes details such as the clips for holding the destination boards on the coach sides. The riveted window frames however appear in the reviewer's opinion to be too prominent. Unfortunately the window glazing is not flush (South Eastern Finecast do manufacture flush glazing packs for these coaches, but from all accounts they are slightly fiddly to fit, and you either like the effect achieved with this method or you don't). The moulded door handles and grab rails are neatly picked out in brass colour paint. The roof nicely represents the canvas style roof with rainstrips, vents and guards' periscopes where appropriate and correctly captures the characteristic Bulleid transition between roof and bodyside with a very shallow gutter

The bogies are nicely moulded representations of the SR standard 8-foot steam stock type (the early production models had the tension lock coupling moulded as part of the bogie, but this was later changed to the newer slimline coupling that clips into the bogie). It is also worth noting that these bogies are usefully available as a spare part.

However now that Bachmann have excelled themselves with the level of detail on the subsequently introduced MkIs such as close coupling, flush glazing, separate water tank filer pipes / end handrails and finer underframe detail, it does leaves the Bulleid range slightly lacking.

Don't forget - third class was abolished in 1956, with the third class stock becoming second class.

The Bachmann range comprises of four coach types namely:

1. BTK/BSK
2. TK/SK
3. CK
4. TO/SO
Corridor/Open Brake Third/Second to SR Diagram 2123
Corridor Third/Second to SR Diagram 2019
Corridor Composite to SR Diagram 2318
Third/Second Open to SR Diagram 2017
 
Bachmann Bulleid BCK
Bachmann Bulleid BTK/BSK in Crimson and Cream
 
The Bachmann Bulleids are of the variety with the deeper 15" deep sliding vents introduced under British Railways commencing in 1949 as opposed to the Southern Railway built examples which had only 10" deep sliding vents. Note that the SR Diagram numbers refer to the internal layouts and not external detail differences. For pictures of actual Bulleid coaches click here.
 
Bachmann Bulleid SK
Bachmann Bulleid TK/SK in Green
 
Versions are available in either SR Green (slightly darker version of Malachite) or Crimson and Cream. The Corridor Composite in green has been available either with or without the later applied yellow strip at cantrail level to indicate the first class section as applied after 1963.
 
Bachmann Bulleid CK
Bachmann Bulleid CK in Green
 
The sets that can be accurately made up from the Bachmann range are sets 80 - 94, 767 - 769 and 830 - 849, although they are also very close to sets 850 - 865 (which had longer water tanks and LMS switchgear on the underframe).
 
Bachmann Bulleid SO
Bachmann Bulleid TO/SO in Green
 
The Third/Second Opens were not originally included in any fixed sets and were used as 'loose' coaches to strengthen trains when required.
 
3 Coach Sets 'L' (London - Dover - Ramsgate - Margate)
Introduced in 1950 made up from an order for 'Loose' Coaches. Livery from new was Crimson and Cream followed by SR Green.
 
  767 768 769
BTK/BSK 3950 3952 3954
CK 5878 5879 5880
BTK/BSK 3951 3953 3955
 
After 1955 these were working Oxted line services and Set 767 was strengthened to 8 Coaches (with the addition of a FK and 4 SKs). In 1959 sets 768 and 769 were transferred for Waterloo - West of England services.
 
Four Coach Sets 'N' (London - Dover - Ramsgate - Margate)
Introduced in 1949 in Malachite Green with no ownership branding (set 83 was given an 's' prefix) followed by SR Green.
 
  80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94
BTK/BSK 4011 4013 4015 4017 4019 4021 4023 4025 4027 4029 4031 4033 4035 4037 4039
TK/SK 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
CK 5823 5824 5825 5826 5827 5828 5829 5830 5831 5832 5833 5834 5835 5836 5837
BTK/BSK 4012 4014 4016 4018 4020 4022 4024 4026 4028 4030 4032 4034 4036 4038 4040
 
After June 1959 Sets 89/90 were allocated to London - East Grinstead - Tunbridge Wells West services.
 
Sets 80 and 86 were strengthened to 7 coaches in 1959 with the addition of a further CK and two SOs from the 'Loose' pool.
 
  80 86
BSK 4011 4023
SK 26 32
CK 5823 5829
CK 5884 5886
SO 1477 1482
SO 1479 1487
BSK 4012 4024
 
They were further strengthened to 10 coach sets in 1961 and moved to the Western section with the addition of 3 SKs each (45,103 & 104 in Set 80 and 1932,1933 & 1934 in Set 86).
 
5 Coach Sets (Waterloo - Salisbury - West of England & Waterloo - Bournemouth - Weymouth)
Introduced in 1950, originally worked as 3 coach sets in winter, strengthened to 5 Coach sets for the summer by the addition of the two Corridor Seconds. After June 1953 only Sets 830 to 833 operated as seasonal 3 coach sets the rest staying as 5 Coach sets all year round. Livery from new was Crimson and Cream followed by SR green. Formations as at June 1962.
 
  830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839
BSK 3971 3973 3975 3977 3979 3981 3983 3985 3987 3989
SK 114 116 118 120 123 125 127 129 57 59
CK 5848 5849 5850 5851 5852 5853 5854 5855 5856 5857
SK 115 117 119 121 124 126 128 130 58 60
BSK 3972 3974 3976 3978 3980 3982 3984 3986 3988 3990
 
  840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849
BSK 3991 3993 3995 3997 3999 4001 4003 4005 4007 4009
SK 61 63 65 67 69 71 73 75 77 79
CK 5858 5859 5860 5861 5862 5863 5864 5865 5866 5867
SK 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80
BSK 3992 3994 3996 3998 4000 4002 4004 4006 4008 4010
 
Text supplied by: Graham R 'Muz' Muspratt.

Bibliography:
Bulleid Coaches in 4mm Scale; Stevens-Stratton, S.W.; Ian Allen; 1983; 0-7110-1329-2
Bulleid's SR Steam Passenger Stock; Gould, David; The Oakwood Press; 1994; 0-85361-467-9
Illustrated History of Southern Coaches, An; King, Mike; Oxford Publishing Co; 2003; 0-86093-570-1

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