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With the track finished and wiring done the first train has had a run round the layout. Surprisingly for a first running session, nothing fell off! In the absence of suitable stock 08610 and a short rake of modern wagons did the honours!
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I think my fascination with chopping up hornby class 110 DMUs is turning into a bit of an obsession! A quick browse on EBay saw another victim picked up cheaply (althoug this is the first time ive ever had a complete one). Question is what to do with it. Looking at some early ’60s pictures there’s a couple of options and I present the case for each below.

Class 100

For.
Seemed to be quite common in the area.
I’ve done one before so I know what to do
It appeals to my function over form tendencies.

Against.
I’ve done one before!

Class 103

For.
Quite an attactive looking unit
I haven’t done one before

Against.
Less common than the class 100s

Perhaps I need to ask my audience what they would prefer to see?

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John Woodall
John Woodall
6 years ago

Would the best answer not be to do both!!!!!

Just for the sake of variety of course

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
6 years ago

How about a 109? MTK/NNK made some cast ends, but you end up moving all the doors and windows, but very unusual

Steve

Simon Dunkley
6 years ago

I’d say go for the 103.
They worked in the area, in the 60s, and in the late 70s were based at Chester, and could easily have appeared at New Street replacing a failed unit at Shrewsbury or some such.

Worsley works can do you some etched sides and ends, if that appeals.

Simon

Chad Bevan
Chad Bevan
6 years ago

For reasons of pure aesthetics, I’d like to see the 103! It’s a pretty little thing!

Eddie Knorn
Eddie Knorn
4 years ago

Jim,

With reference to your query of what to turn the 110 unit into, I recall evidence of Park Royal sets going to Tyseley for bogie changes, and of course Tyseley has a wheel lathe.
To be slightly negative, the last of Chester’s 103 vehicles went in the bin in 1983, so a little before your desired time period.
Ditto with Class 100s – the vehicle you have modelled in your hybrid set outlasted all of the others that were in service and by your time period it was the only one. Saying that, what about the Class 100 driving trailer on the weedkiller train…?!?

Eddie Knorn
Eddie Knorn
4 years ago

Presume your late 1950s project is also West Midlands area?
Look forward to seeing your Class 103 when completed.
Without access to my railway library, I wonder when that departmental 103 was withdrawn…?

All the best,

Eddie