SR express bogie brake van

SR Express bogie brake van built by Phil Burkett

By Phil Burkett

Prototype information

This prototype should appeal to Southern Railway fans, but it also has the advantage of being suitable for use on BR layouts both steam era and modern image - indeed one example (DS 56283) was running around in SR brown livery (with red ends) in 1993 and based at Llandudno Junction. Twenty five brake vans were built in 1936 (although one source quotes 1926). Original number series DS56282-56306. Modern day prefix is ADS and the TOPS code is YTV.

Base model

None. This model is scratchbuilt.

Body work

Plain and embossed styrene sheet by Evergreen. Glazing: Kristal Klear fluid. Roof: formed by binding styrene sheet around a former with masking tape, immersing in boiling water for 30 seconds, and placing in cold running water.


Styrene sheet and Plastruct sections. Bar-type fishing weight in cabin space. Modified Fleischmann Bulleid coach bogies: two projections adjacent to the pivot hole removed; moulded footboards removed; new footboards added between the axle boxes.


Gibson 12mm DMU disc.


Brush painted. Bodywork: SR brown. Roof: mid-grey. Chassis: black.


MicroScale 87-70-1 White RR Gothic Letters and Numbers (the same style as the ones used on SR wagons).


Kadee no.18s (an NEM 'swallow-tail' type) glued to a 5mm thick base of styrene built up from 8mm x 3mm pieces. To use this arrangement you have to remove the coupling box from the Fleischmann bogie.


Buffers: Alan Gibson 4903 LMS/BR 1611. Lamp irons: scrap brass etch. Door handles: brass wire. Brake pipes: 0.45mm brass wire. Rainstrips: styrene microstrip. Chimney: 2mm length of plastic sleeving; base from 3mm x 3mm square of 10 thou (0.25mm) styrene with a hole in the centre, on top of which is placed a very thin washer of around 2.5mm in diameter. Brake cylinders: redundant Playcraft items. Coupler mounting plate: 4mm x 3mm x 10 thou (0.25mm) styrene in the centre of each buffer beam, flush with the lower edge.

A step-by-step guide to creating this model was published in issue 3 of Satellite 1:87

British 1:87 Scale Modelling