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N Scale - Wrenn - 306 - Passenger Car, British Rail, Mark 1 Coach - British Rail - 15865

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N Scale - Wrenn - 306 - Passenger Car, British Rail, Mark 1 Coach - British Rail - 15865


Brand Wrenn
Stock Number 306
Secondary Stock Number 320306
Original Retail Price £0.87
Manufacturer Lima
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Lima Passenger BR Mk1 CK
Prototype Passenger Car, British Rail, Mark 1 Coach (Details)
Road or Company Name British Rail (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 15865
Paint Color(s) Blue and Grey
Print Color(s) White
Paint Scheme BR Blue-Grey
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1967-01-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type British Rail
Model Subtype Mark 1 coach
Model Variety Composite Corridor (CK)
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era UK Era 4: BR Early crest (1948-1956)
Years Produced 1951-1963
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Original Retail Price from May 1973 price list

Model Information: This Mk1 Composite Corridor (CK) coach was introduced in 1967 by Lima in blue/gray BR livery. It was later released in several other liveries, up until the mid-1980's when Lima stopped offering N gauge models for the UK market.
Three other types of Mk1 coaches were introduced as well: BSK (Brake Standard Corridor), RMB (Restaurant Miniature Buffet) and BG (Brake Gangwayed, baggage).
They were distributed in the UK by Wrenn Micromodel, but also available under the Lima brand; so they can be found in either on or the other packaging.
These coaches are reputed as being under-sized in a visible manner; therefore we consider them as of 1:160 scale, and not as of 1:148 British N gauge.

Prototype History:
British Railways Mark 1 was the family designation for the first standardised designs of railway carriages built by British Railways. Following nationalisation in 1948, BR had continued to build carriages to the designs of the "Big Four" companies (the Great Western, Southern, London Midland and Scottish and London and North Eastern railways), and the Mark 1 was intended to be the standard carriage design for use across all lines, incorporating the best features of each of the former companies' designs. It was also designed to be much stronger than previous designs, to provide better protection for passengers in the event of a collision or derailment.
The Mk 1 coaches were built in two distinct tranches: the early vehicles (1951–60) and the 'Commonwealth' stock (named from the type of bogie used) from 1961 onwards.
They have been painted in a large variety of liveries and very produced in various types: First, Second or Composite, Coach, Brake/Coach, Restaurant, etc.
The Mk 1 coaches have been in operation until 2005.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
British Railways (BR), which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the overground rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the "Big Four" British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962 designated as the British Railways Board.

British Rail designed and manufactured rolling stock from 1948 to 1989, at which time its subsidiary British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) was privatised.

1997 marked the end of the privatization effort in which the last assets of British Rail were sold to 31 regional freight and passenger operators as well as Railtrack (which was later brought under public control as Network Rail), which was given the track and infrastructure.

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Brand/Importer Information:
G & R Wrenn Ltd. was founded in 1950 by George & Richard Wrenn, and soon relocated in Basildon, Essex, UK. In the N scale/gauge department, Wrenn was the importer of Lima in the UK. Some N-gauge models were also sold as 'Tri-ang'.
In late November 1992 ‘G & R Wrenn Limited’ ceased trading and the name and assets of the company were later bought by Dapol Model Railways.
Dapol made little use of the inherited Wrenn material, selling a few wagons and reusing some of the designs in N gauge. In November 2001, three avid Wrenn collectors came together and bought the G. & R. Wrenn Company from Dapol Ltd. The new company eventually ceased its operations in November 2016. One of the former owners still maintains some activity about the brand.

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Manufacturer Information:
Lima S.p.A (Lima Models) was a brand of railway models made in Vicenza, Italy, for almost 50 years, from the early 1950s until the company ceased trading in 2004. Lima was a popular, affordable brand of 00 gauge and N gauge model railway material in the UK, more detailed H0 and N gauge models in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States as well as South Africa, Scandinavia and Australia. Lima also produced a small range of 0 gauge models. Lima partnered with various distributors and manufacturers, selling under brands such as A.H.M., Model Power, Minitrain and PMI (Precision Models of Italy). Market pressures from superior Far Eastern produce in the mid-1990s led to Lima merging with Rivarossi, Arnold, and Jouef. Ultimately, these consolidations failed and operations ceased in 2004.

Hornby Railways offered €8 million to acquire Lima's assets (including tooling, inventory, and the various brand names) in March of the same year, the Italian bankruptcy court of Brescia (town near Milan, last headquarters of Lima) approving the offer later that year. In December 2004, Hornby Railways formally announced the acquisition along with the Rivarossi (H0 North American and Italian prototypes), Arnold (N scale European prototypes), Jouef (H0 scale French prototypes), and Pocher (die-cast metal automobile kits) ranges. As of mid-2006, a range of these products has been made available under the Hornby International brand, refitted with NEM couplings and sprung buffers and sockets for DCC (Digital Command Control) decoders.

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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-09-16 13:42:38. Last edited by gdm on 2020-07-24 07:29:20

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