|S108M: GWR SALOON |
Diagram G20 Saloon Original Configuration. LE7N profile (Lewis System).
31 ft 3/4 in Body, 19 ft 0 in wheelbase
Designed to be used with the Ratio 613 long chassis which may be modified to incorporate a third (centre) axle.
The original Shire S108 sides are based on a preserved example of this coach located at Buckfastleigh, Devon. There is a photograph of the vehicle taken in 1945 in J.H. Russell's G W Coaches Part 1 (page 59, figure 67 ) clearly showing it in departmental service. In G W Coaches Appendix Part 2 by the same author (page 31, figure 79) there is a drawing of a six wheeled vehicle, identified as diagram G20, which has the same window pattern as the ‘Shire’ Saloon in the 1945 photograph. Removal of the central axle later in life would not be inconsistent with observed GWR practice. In the 1945 photograph, the lower and waist mouldings are uninterrupted between the outer door panels but vestigial marks can be seen suggesting that the mouldings have been altered. The G W Coaches Appendix states that all G20s were condemned from passenger service by 1939.
(OO Gauge / 4mm Scale)
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