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Farish Mk1 Coaches - what is in the bag o'bits?
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:01:53 AM »
OK, I warned you, here I come with the questions.

What is in the little bag of optional bits that come with a Farish Mk1 coach? I've seen two different combos so far, but they're so freaking tiny ...

Starting with the biggest, there are two corridor "end" pieces in black, one is broadly rectangular, the other has a rounded top and two pin-like little arms on the side. I assume these mask off the "white" ends, the question is, which do I use and when (or why?). One side of each has a raised rib which looks like it would clip into the existing corridor connectors which have the "white" panel.

Then there are four hose-like things. I can see two tiny holes on the buffer beams at either end of the coaches, so I'm assuming these will or would mount in one of these, probably the one closest to the buffer itself, not the one in the middle?

Next, there are two what appear to be couplings, but I'm guessing that these might be for display purposes only and serve no function if I'm actually going to couple the coaches to run on a track.

Finally, there is (or are) one (or two) other tiny little things that I'm at a loss to even describe.

All the bits are in black plastic.

I tried taking photographs of the little b*ggers, but even with the macro setting on my SLR I couldn't really see much of anything.

My Farish "Castle" Class at least came with a little leaflet attempting to describe the bag o' bits and hinted at where they go, but the coaches didn't even have a little stick figure diagram that I could make a guess at. If I was anywhere close to a real Mk1 coach I'd go take a look myself, but I'm about 6,000 miles away from the nearest one.

Any help gratefully received. I've Googled the Interwebs and the forum, and drawn a blank so far.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Farish Mk1 Coaches - what is in the bag o'bits?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 04:24:52 AM »
Steve;

The corridor 'end' pieces were used if the vehicle was first or last in the train and formed end blanks for the corridors-the squarer one should be used on Mk1s. I think they were intended to reduce draughts and as a security measure.

There are four pipes-two for each end, representing steam and vacuum pipes between coaches. They do fit in the small holes.

There are two sets of two variations of coupling; one pair of buckeye couplings in the uncoupled position with the coupling head hanging down; and a pair of plain buckeyes. These fit in the centre buffer beam hole, and both types are cosmetic only.

You will probably find that you can't fit the vacuum/steam heat pipes if you are using the standard Rapido coupling as they will foul the coupling; I don't know if they can be fitted if using the small coupling made by Dapol which are similar to some American hooks (they are much smaller than the Rapido, and look much better in fixed rakes, but have limited clearance to actually couple up.).

HTH

Martyn


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Re: Farish Mk1 Coaches - what is in the bag o'bits?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 04:59:29 AM »
Thanks, Martyn. You covered it all! The fog of ignorance is slowly lifting ...

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Re: Farish Mk1 Coaches - what is in the bag o'bits?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2018, 05:41:56 AM »
Steve;

Unfortunately, Google image photos don't show the ends of vehicles very well-but you may be able to work out the fitment from the photos.

There are specialist books, but you may also find photos in general railway albums. The end corridor covers gradually fell out of use-I don't know when, but photos of blue/grey coaches fitted are rare, if any at all.

Martyn

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Re: Farish Mk1 Coaches - what is in the bag o'bits?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2018, 01:19:55 PM »
The corridor 'end' pieces were used if the vehicle was first or last in the train and formed end blanks for the corridors-the squarer one should be used on Mk1s. I think they were intended to reduce draughts and as a security measure.

The round topped corridor panels were used on Mk1s:
https://davestraintravels.smugmug.com/Trains/Coaching-stock/i-mVFVRpD/A
(preserved example but proves they fit!)

As well as reducing draugts they also kept the insides of the corridor connectors clean; Important when trains are being re-formed more often than they were in later BR days.

Steven B.

 

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