All right, technically that’s, not true, i think, even though today’s model looks a lot like a coach. I think it’s technically considered a van. So maybe this is still not the first proper coach review, i’ve done, but it does kind of resemble a coach so yeah. Maybe you could consider it a coach, it doesn’t, really matter. Who cares? Quite honestly, the model is this: this is brand new it’s only just come out, it is new tooled. I believe – and it is a southern railway luggage van and i could not resist picking one of these up. They do quite a few different versions. I’Ve got the southern green one. As you can see, i think there’s, a br version, there’s a pullman version. I think homebeat have also produced the winston churchill hearst version of this. That was quite tempting as well. Now i mean coaches. These days are quite expensive. Okay, i think we’ve had to come to terms with that. We haven’t got a choice. However, these are not too bad. This has an rop of 36 pounds 99, which, while expensive, is a little bit less than you might expect to pay for a coach these days, and i bought mine from d rails models for 33 pounds 29. So yet again, that’s another good deal and a good service from derails models, not sponsored so we’ll find out what this is. Like i mean to me, this is still a lot of money, so my expectations are quite high, but looking through the front of the box, i am confident that this will be quite an impressive model to find out for sure we’re going to take a close look At this today together and see what it’s like okay, here we go.
So these vans came to be in the mid to late 1920s, which of course does make them suitable for most southern railway modelers unless you’re modeling sort of really early southern but yeah southern br. Whatever anything like that, these should be absolutely fine. Mine is the southern one, as you can see in the green and so far i’m really really impressed with what i’ve seen of this through the front of the window. Let me show you the end of the box. Then because i went for r60020a, it is southern railway, gbl luggage van and it’s number, two, four, seven one and yeah taking a peek through the front of the box, the level of detail or what you might call the resolution of detail on this model looks absolutely Insane, i really can’t wait to crack out my close up lens on this. Just to take a really good look at some of the fidelity in the detailing here yeah. It really does look phenomenal, so let’s find out whether this is any good. Just over 30 quid let’s see all right. I really should do more of this shouldn’t i um. I know this is technically not a coach, but i would like to actually do some proper coaches at some point. So if you’ve got any recommendations of what’s good do comment them down below anyway, there is an accessories bag inside here, so let’s take a look. There are some weird shaped things that i don’t quite recognize there and i don’t believe there is any paperwork to explain what those are for.
So i guess i could take a close look at the model and see if it becomes apparent, but otherwise got no idea. Comment below, if you do, i do recognize the other parts, though they just look like vacuum pipes for the buffer beams, which are clearly not pre fitted, so yep, that’s, fair enough right, let’s have a look at the van. I keep wanting to say coach, but i think van is definitely more correct on this occasion. Let’S take a look, then all right so yeah it doesn’t really look much like a coach. It seems quite slim, which is interesting. All right, let’s take a close look, then. So yeah now that i’ve got this in my hand, i’m, not changing my tune. The level of detail on this does look absolutely wonderful. Look at all the detailing on the side there, and it looks as though quite a bit of that is separately fitted as well. So that could explain some of the expense. It is quite a light model, though it must be said. I don’t believe the under frame is die cast or anything like that. Maybe it would be unreasonable to expect that, although, of course dapple have showed that we we can start to expect a bit of diecast on rolling stock, which of course just gives you a little bit more of what you’ve paid for and a little bit more weight And sturdiness to the models, however, it’s not going to be a big deal with this, the model feels pretty sturdy straight away: i’m, not feeling any really tiny parts which are sort of flexing and crumbling under my fingers.
So, overall, first impressions are really really good of this, so i’ll give you some close. Ups of this we’ll take a look at the level of detail, and then i guess later on, i’ll get this running and we’ll see how it performs right. Looking forward to this should be fun. This is a lovely piece of rolling stock. It really really is. The level of detail is fantastic, it’s really nicely decorated. The quality is pretty good. It’S assembled nice and carefully yeah overall i’m really really happy with this. It is a little bit lightweight. It comes in at just a hair over 100 grams, 102 grams to be precise, a little bit light, but not a major concern. So let’s take a close look at this then, so the decoration is pretty good. They’Ve used a nice rich shade of green for the bulk of the body, which i think looks really really nice. You can’t beat southern rolling stock as far as i’m concerned. The roof is not separately fitted, that’s part of the same piece. I believe, however, as you can see, it is very, very carefully decorated almost to the point where you would believe that that was a separately molded piece. The only thing that gives it away is the tiniest amount of paint bleed around the ends, which is not a complaint or anything because it’s still done really really well by most standards. But it does give away that the roof was painted in situ and not as a separately fitted piece.
But what i’m saying is that it’s been done excellently? The southern railway lettering is nice there’s, quite a few different colours used in the southern railway font there, which is good and you’ve, also got separately. Tampo printed, the running number, the luggage sign the the luggage sign and there are one or two prints on the under frame as well, which you can see are done nicely. The framework that you can see inside the windows is just printed onto the glazing pieces. I believe you don’t have actual plastic bars or anything like that, which i suppose takes away some of the depth of the windows, but it’s really not a big deal because they’re such small pieces, the underframe, is quite interesting. In fact, the under frame was interesting in real life, because these started out as lswr coaches. I believe, but then those coaches were converted into emu’s, which left the chassis or the under frames of the coaches spare and then the southern railway repurposed them for these vans. So yeah these are actual under frames of lswr coaches, which is fairly interesting, and this is where the bulk of the detail is. You can see. We’Ve got separately, fitted pipe work underneath here, which is well separately fitted as well. I mean my fingers were touching that and they weren’t flexing or anything like that, so it’s, not an overly fragile model. You’Ve got the separately fitted turning wheels here, which again are nicely fitted to the body.
The bogey detail is quite unbelievable. Actually, quite a few separately fitted parts there and again you’ve got molded all of the usual axle boxes and the suspension springs and such really really nice bogeys actually, and there is a huge amount of fidelity in the under frame, as you can see, loads and loads Of molded detail and quite a lot fitted to the very underside as well as you can see lots of details. Protrude down, really sell the effects don’t. They they look fantastic on the end. You’Ve got these separately fitted metal steps yep. Those are metal, very good quality. We’Ve got metal buffers and take a look at this. They are indeed sprung what a nice feature so yeah. They have pulled out. Quite a few of these stops on this piece of rolling stock haven’t. They the couplings, are nem and they are free to pivot. As you can see very, very free to pivot, i should add so i can’t see those being a problem. They seem to be well designed around the ends proper. You can see again nice molded texture, going on separately, fitted metal, handrails separately, fitted lamp, irons, more printed detail. The doors themselves are separately, decorated, just looks like someone’s front door, doesn’t it the wood colour and then you’ve got these nice corridor connectors, which are not rubberized or anything like that. They are static, but they do look pretty good. I must say on the side of the wagon: the level of moulded detail is really very impressive.
You can see all of the paneling you’ve got riveting all sorts of different components, molded on there, and some of them are separately fitted as well as you can see. If you look at the doors the handles and the grab rails around the doors, those are all separately fitted and quite tidily as well there’s, not very much in the way of glue over spill there, which is great and then up on the roof. Again, you can see you’ve got these sort of little air intakes and other molded parts yeah everywhere you look, there is detail and for something that costs much less than 40 pounds it’s, not too bad it’s, not too bad, given what a coach usually costs and as You can see you do have metal wheels, so that’s pretty much a standard, but i guess it’s worth pointing it out. So overall, very very nicely detailed, like i say, it’s decorated, very well. The weight is a little bit on the low side, but i can’t see it causing too much of a problem. Now i’ll get it down onto the track. I will film some rolling tests find out how free wheeling this is, and then the part i’m really looking forward to is seeing how this looks as part of a southern railway train and i think, that’s. The main reason why you would want to buy something like this just because it will add a little bit of variation into an otherwise uniform rake of coaches and it’ll, just spice up the rake a bit won’t it so yeah that’s.
What i’m looking forward to let’s do it i’ll be back with you in just a second? The luggage van is down onto the track for the first time, and this is my test setup i’ve chosen the n15 loco or the king arthur class to test this with because the deliveries match, as you can see, and then, of course, behind the van i’ve got A rake of coaches, which don’t really match in terms of colour, but they do match in terms of couplings, so that should be a fair test. The bad news is that my example is not a very free runner. In fact, multiple axles do seem quite stiff on this one and sure enough. I did try the gordon’s hill test and i had real trouble getting this to run. I gave it a few different chances. Well, it barely got underneath the passenger footbridge, which i think makes this the worst rolling piece of rolling stock i’ve ever reviewed, possibly yeah. I mean this. Has one job, yeah it’s a piece of rolling stock it’s supposed to roll it’s, not absolutely awful. I mean it’s not like it’s got the brakes full on, but it doesn’t roll as well as it ought to that’s. What i will say the gauging is perfect, though 14.4 millimeters back to back on all counts. That is absolutely perfect. Now then let’s test the coupling on the straight so i’m, going to back up the n15 to couple to the van there we go that’s a perfect coupling to the van from the loco.
As you can see there we go and now let’s couple to the coaches. All right and there we go i’ve got my wish. I now have the van coupled as part of the train, all right we’ll leave that to go up to 40 speed from it like that. So, just for your entertainment, i’m going to be running just a couple of other southern locos today, on the other lines on the middle line, i have what i would still consider my favorite locomotive at the moment. It is the unrebuilt merchant navy class. There we go got there in the end, with some lovely blood and custard coaches, always a fan of those so yeah. There goes that one and then on the inside line. It is another one of my favorites. It is the school’s class again with some matching southern coaches, so let’s catch up with the luggage van and find out how it’s getting on. So it does indeed look lovely as part of a train it’s just a bit of variety isn’t it to be honest, and if i had a matching rate well, if i put it with a matching rake, i think it’d look even better but yeah, as you can See it’s handling the curves all right, which means it does what it’s supposed to the couplings, obviously coupled right, so does what it’s supposed to as far as the couplings are concerned, so, except for the slightly stiff wheels, i can give this a pretty much glowing review.
It looks wonderful, does what it’s supposed to do? Didn’T cost the earth yeah overall. I think this is a really really lovely piece of rolling stock and i might even be tempted to pick up one of the different versions, the winston churchill edition. What, if you want to call it the one that carried churchill’s body for his funeral? As i understand it, that would be quite a nice thing to own actually wouldn’t it so yeah. I mean overall it’s a thumbs up, definitely a thumbs up. What a lovely lovely van here come my ratings, then for the newly told holmby southern railway luggage van the level of detail – there’s, nothing for it, but to give five stars, i was really really impressed. The decoration is great loads and loads of separately fitted parts there’s. Even sprung buffers yeah it’s, a great great level of detail, easily deserving of five star. The performance is pretty good, it runs very nicely. It must be said, however, yet there is that issue with the wheels being a little bit too stiff for my liking. So it does lose just one star for that quality again, nothing wrong with the quality. Very few glue marks very careful, decoration application, which is all very, very good. I did think the model was a little bit light at just 102 grams, so perhaps a bit of die cast a bit more weight would have made this a little bit better quality and, of course, a little bit more worth the money.
However, at an rp of 36 pounds 99 and an approximate retailer price of around 33 pounds that’s not too bad, especially when you consider that the hornby four wheeled coaches are only a few pounds cheaper and this model is much less rushed. It’S got much more detail to it and it looks quite a lot better than they do so. Yeah the value for money is not too bad at all: it’s, not a bargain or anything but yeah. I think four star is very reasonable. Overall, then, that is 8.71 out of 10 that’s, a pretty decent score. Let’S put that into the log book and it’s faring, pretty well, second place just below the dapple turbot wagon and above the oxford rail 12 ton tankers overall, a great job from hornby. I can highly recommend it, so there you have it folks. I would say that is a success and i’m very, very pleased with my purchase at the end of the day. I guess i’ve just got to remember now that i’ve got it and that i should include it in a train from time to time, not every time, because then i guess the novelty of it would be lost. But just you know one in five trains or something like that. That will make a really really nice change and i think i and everybody else will enjoy seeing it so yeah i’m, pretty darn, happy uh comment below. Let me know what you think have you got? One what’s your experience.
What are the other liveries like that? Hornby have done for this yep. I would be interested to know for now, though. Thank you very very much for your company. Thank you for watching, and i will see you very very soon for some more videos. All right.