B18K: BR Diagrams 17 & 26/28 64’6″ Restaurant First & Restaurant Buffet Kit

£47.50 (Price excluding VAT £39.58)

Complete carriage kit requiring disc 14mm carriage wheels, bearings, couplings, pipes, paint and transfers to finish. The side profile curve is preformed.

The kit is supplied with the B1 bogies originally fitted to Diagram 17. Please state when ordering if you would like Commonwealth bogies (Comet BB2) as shown in the photos instead.

Manufacturer: Comet Models
Railway Company: BR
Scale: 4mm - 00, EM, P4 etc.

Description

Initially ordered by the London Midland Region of BR there were eventually 37 of these vehicles to D17. They were built in two batches, the first four coaches by BRCW, the remainder being shared between the BR works at Ashford and Swindon. They were unique in BR catering coach designs in having passenger entrance doors instead of access only via the gangways from adjacent vehicles.

In 1970 all but three (324, 325, 332) were rebuilt to D26 or D28, converting them to restaurant/buffet cars. For D26, the external appearance was unchanged but internally half of the seats were removed and replaced with a standing area for the buffet. One of the unrebuilt coaches (M325) was included in the Royal Train, renumbered to 2907. D28 were changed similarly, but a further internal arrangement of the shelving and display area required the window to the right of the intermediate door on the kitchen side of the coaches to be plated over, thus altering the appearance of this side.

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