Work is going well with my first etched coach kit, ex GWR ‘E147’.
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a coach that I believe worked on the Bala-Blaenau Branch but it a variety of Non Corridor Brake Composite. The two most common coaches used on the line are not produced in model form, those being the Collett E157 and Hawksworth E167. E147 is quite similar to the E157 plus they did work in Wales, a touch further south (have a look at Mr Geoff Forster’s beautiful Llangunllo layout to see an E147 in it’s natural environment.)
It is now ready to have the roof glued in place before building up the under frame. I did have a touch of help from Tony Wright on assembling the actual body of the coach, however all the soldering work on the sides was done by yours truly.
Regarding the E157 and E167 that I will be needing. I have commissioned Worsley Works to produce etched sides and ends. In the meantime, this gives me my first go at building an etched coach, to a diagram very similar, which may have worked the line.