Barry Loraine con The Wackham Railcar: A 16mm narrow gauge conversion of a commercially available coach kit into a representation of a Wickham Railcar (English Edition)I have always had a perverse liking for the Wickham Railcars and had a hankering to build one in 16mm Narrow Gauge which is a main player in the Garden Railway world. I do tend to be drawn toward the more unusual and quirky contraptions which is probably why I’ve always been fascinated with diesel and petrol narrow gauge engines. The Wickham Trolley was a railway engineering personnel carrier, used on British Railways as the type No.27 Gang and Inspection trolley. It was introduced in 1948 and over 600 were built between then and 1990, of which 25 went to the Ministry of Supply / MoD between 1954 and 1960. One was featured in 1966 film The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, filmed in part on the Longmoor Military Railway. Fortunately for the narrow minded a number were converted for use on Narrow Gauge Railways and at least one such version is preserved at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre in Sussex. However the general style and arrangement of the model described here is based on DX 68054 based, I believe, at the Lavender Line in Sussex. DX68054 is not narrow gauge but that is a minor detail in the scheme of things and will no doubt give rise to yet another endorsement on my modellers licence.
You may perhaps be wondering why this booklet describing the build is entitled ‘The Wackham Railcar’. The simple answer is that I tend to ‘wack’ things together with no great skill. I possess mostly thumbs and very few fingers, a hammer (large) and a blunt knife and not very good at painting either… So the Wackham is a representation rather than an accurate model.
I happened to be scanning around the website of HGLR a supplier of wooden Garden Railway Kits when the summer coach kit jumped out at me as being eminently suitable for bashing into something vaguely Wickham like. The kit arrived promptly as is usual with Mr Hippey’s products and I set too in my quest to create my version of a Wickham Railcar.
Within this article you will find simple instructions showing how to make the adjustments to this kit to enable you to create your own railcar. I found it a fun experience and I hope you will be inspired to have a go and make your own.