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GER 6w-coach fittings, set A

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A set of fittings for one 6-wheeled coach of the GER, in 4mm scale. The set includes springs ("J" hangers on centre axle only), axleboxes, buffers and lamps.

These model of the springs, axleboxes and buffers were developed from photographs and measurements which I made of surviving coaches. GER 6-wheeled full-brake number 533 and GER 4-wheeled third brake number 308 were the subjects, and I thank the East Anglian Railway Museum for access to get the measurements. It is not certain that these preserved coaches have their original fittings, but the preservation team at EARM have not made any substitutions.

The outer axles have 10-leaf springs, type B axleboxes and plain shackles while the inner axle has 9-leaf springs, type H axleboxes and "J" hangers with rubber pads as a secondary suspension; this is as observed on number 533. On the print, the type H axleboxes are in the middle of each group of 3. However, the two types of boxes are modelled with the same external dimensions (I presume that there was a slight difference in the journal size) and the only difference in appearence is in the writing enbossed on the outside (which may be legible on the print with a strong lens but not in normal viewing).

A drawing by Mr. P. E. Barnes of GER full-brake number 711 shows "J"  hangers on all axles, and a fittings set B will be produced later to match this alternate configuration.

The lamps are not based on the fittings of numbers 533 and 308. Instead, they are models of Pintsch lamps, there being some evidence that the GER used these lamps. See my separate product of these lamps for discussion of the historical background.

The buffers are bored to take springs, heads and rams (from MJT or AGW for 4mm scale; from Slaters for 7mm scale). Fixed heads could also be used. These buffers should be set up such that the buffing face is 20 scale inches from the headstock.


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