In the days before the MS&LR transformed itself into the Great Central Railway, much of its carriage stock consisted of stoutly-built wooden 4-wheel coaches from the 1870s. By the end of the 19th Century, Gorton Carriage Works had moved to the production of 6-wheeled stock and the older 4-wheelers were gradually withdrawn from service, several being sold on to collieries and minor railways.
All our MS&LR carriage kits comprise an etched brass body and compensated chassis, full glazing and a detailed interior.
Luggage Tri-Composite Coach. Very fortunately a prototype example of this vehicle not only still exists but has been superbly restored as the flagship coach in the Vintage Carriages Trust collection at Ingrow on the K&WVR. No.176 was built in 1876 and ended its service days with British Railways as a tool van in 1961. The coach has been restored in early GCR livery. Kit Price £60
Passenger Brake Van. These useful little vans accompanied the trains of compartment coaches on suburban services in the 1870s and were retained for parcels traffic by the GCR and LNER. A few lived on in departmental use thereafter. Our kit reproduces the van with etched brass body, duckets and underframe and is fully glazed and compensated. Kit price £50
First class Compartment coach. The First or Composite version of the MS&LR 4-wheel coach divided its 27-foot body into four compartments. This lower seating capacity led them to be amongst the first to be withdrawn in favour of more modern vehicles. Our kit consists of an etched brass body and compensated underframe, full glazing and a detailed interior. Kit price £60
Brake/Third coach. The most useful of the Gorton-built 4-wheelers were the 3-compartment Brake/Thirds which could be used individually or attached to either end of a suburban block set. The kit comprises an etched brass body, a compensated chassis, full glazing, all supporting castings and a detailed interior. Kit price £60
Third class compartment coach. The most numerous of the Gorton-built 4-wheelers were the 5-compartment Thirds which could pack 50 seated passengers in cramped discomfort. The kit comprises an etched brass body, a compensated chassis, full glazing and a detailed interior. Kit price £60
UK customers should add an extra £5 to the value of their orders for etched kits to cover the cost of Recorded Delivery postage.