read again) and Unbiquitous  (read again).
Hornby also produced the model in maroon and the railway technical departments red and blue.
A very attractive vehicle with its original GW bogies and long elegant buffers and it even had its warning bell. It carried maroon livery and the number W233W but was quickly re-numbered DW150375 and re-painted into red and blue.
It was temporarily equipped with a hand-cranked generator set to supply power for instrumentation (and the kettle) and became Test Car 1. Later a more permanent conversion was undertaken with a purpose-built generator room housing a diesel generator set. It was never altered inside apart from the creation of the generator room. The cooking facilities etc were within the main saloon. I don't think it even had a toilet but a chemical one was installed for emergencies.
Later it was equipped with B4 bogies and extended buffer mounts having Oleo pneumatic buffers fitted. No doubt safer and more efficient but this destroyed the vehicle's character.
No doubt the model sold well to those who liked the colours!
Correct models to the original design are (or were) available in many different gauges. Dapol offered a 2mm (N gauge) version:-
If you are a real with-it modern 21st century model railway
And a brucie bonus. In Episode 1 of this mini-series, fbb waxed all nostalgical about his youthful trainspotting expeditions at Billing Crossing (read again). Kontributor Ken Traveline-Dorset is a member of Wimborne Railway Society.
Wimborne Railway Society meets every Thursday at the United Reform Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Wimborne, Dorset. We have a varied programme of slide, cine, and video shows interspersed with club nights where members can test their models on our test track, work on one of the layouts, read a book or magazine from our library, or have a chat with a like minded individual.
The club was bequeathed huge archive of railway and bus photos and kindly konsiderate Ken has sought out three snaps of the Wellingborough Rail Motor. These are big photos using oodles of memory but are worth broadcasting here in glorious full-size. Click on the pic for the biggie version.