Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The "Falcon" Has Landed On The Garden Railway...

Hello everyone. Today, after purchase yesterday, my brand new Met Cam-style Pullman Car, named "Falcon", arrived on the Garden Railway. Purchased with some vouchers I recieved for the "Antics" Model Shop in Coventry, "Falcon" is a Bachmann model of the Pullman Car's which were built by Metro Cammell in the 1960s. The 'Met Cam' cars were constructed as a more modern alternative to the 1930s cars, such as those used on the Venice Simplon Orient Express today. I've never bought a Bachmann Pullman before and I'm very pleased with this one. (I shall be buying more as funds permit!). The Hornby alternatives, of which I have three; two Diner's and the Devon Belle Saloon; are 'good' but heavier and have the 1930s-style longer-wheelbased bogies. The Bachmann versions are very much lighter, cheaper and have shorter-wheelbased bogies; though they are still very highly detailed and include interior lighting as standard. (RRP is around £29+, compared to Hornby's £40+). "Falcon" is modelled on a First Class Kitchen Car; a type which we actually travelled in whilst Dining on the "Shakespeare Express" this time last year! (see seperate post). It is therefore a testament to the success of Met Cam's cars that many Mainline tour operations, such as Vintage Trains Limited, still use them today. Though "Falcon" looked at home with the two 1930s-style Hornby Pullman's that we have, as well as the Devon Belle, the plan is to expand the Pullman Fleet using Met Cam's. A 2nd Bachmann Pullman is to be purchased very soon. In total, I hope to have four or five Met Cam Pullmans + the Devon Belle making up the Pullman Rake. The two Hornby models will then be used for special occasions. Thanks for reading folks. Good Evening...

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