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Author Topic: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???  (Read 2649 times)

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Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« on: December 28, 2013, 06:48:53 pm »
I have just purchased a Class 91 set from Hatton's at an irresistible sale price (especially since they take off VAT because I live outside the EEC). After getting a bad one at first, Hatton's did a great job replacing it and so far I am very pleased with the new one:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17775.0

I have been assured by those who know far more than I, that the correct coaches are Mk4 GNER not Mk3. Despite Hatton's having a lot of Mk3's on sale I managed to resist this and have so far bought three Mk4, but must say they have been quite hard to find:

374-525     TSO (eBay)
374-625     TRFM (on line vendor)
374-550     TSOE (on line vendor)

When did Farish stop making these and why are they so much harder to find than the Mk3's..any info much appreciated.

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 07:32:32 pm »
I think the gather more limited appeal of the Mk4 did make the coaches a poor seller compared to the more widely-used Mk3, particularly as GNER livery is (sadly) almost a memory.

Just 91118 remains in blue, albeit with East Coast branding and will soon be going to Doncaster for a coat of Battleship Grey.
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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013, 08:39:48 pm »
Some time ago... I had trouble finding some I needed for conversions. They show up second hand now and then.
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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2015, 04:27:07 pm »
The only individual coaches that often pop up are the restaurant and the tsoe, best chances of getting a rake is too buy a full rake second hand as these pop up from time to time.

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 06:00:27 pm »
Don't think they did a run of coaches at the same time as the most recent 91/DVT pack, did they?

GNER livery is now almost gone on the big railway - there were a couple of sets of barrier coaches in GNER blue (one set with red stripe) which might still be in that livery, and there was a written-off mk3 TF at Doncaster for a number of years (one corner of it was used as the test bed for the Chiltern power-door design). It disappeared a year or so ago from its place in the compound facing Platform 8 - I believe it was taken to Loughborough for some purpose (presumably some sort of experimental work, as it had by this time been pretty much stripped to a shell). Don't know whether it's still there or whether it's been scrapped now.

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 06:21:42 am »
At the current rate, East Coast livery will not be around for much longer. I really must get writing to Virgin...
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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 10:28:11 am »
At the current rate, East Coast livery will not be around for much longer. I really must get writing to Virgin...

Hahahahahahhaha thats true, if I find a cheap rake of mk4's (if only) I'll place an order for a full length East Coast train  :bounce:

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2015, 07:16:44 pm »
I wonder if the OP has his rake yet, two years on! Minus the TGS of course, as I don't think they did one...?

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2015, 08:36:18 pm »
When I bought my class 91 I had to settle for Mk3 coaches as that's all that was available at the time, I'd love to replace them with a rake of Mk4s if the opportunity arises.

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Re: Graham Farish GNER Mk4 coaches - rather scarce???
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2018, 06:38:51 pm »
Hello,
Before I stick them on eBay I currently have six mk4's and a 91+DVT Spare.
91-TFO_TFO_TFO_TFRB_TSO_TOSE-DVT
So all you need to complete the rake is a TSOD-TSO-TSO.
If anyone is interested please let me know!
Regards,
Philip

 

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