F sleeping car LSModels

Type F sleeping car

Photo J.-P. Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

Brand - Reference

LS Models 49124 and 49125

Type

F (Ferry) type sleeping car

UIC number ex-CIWL Rev. date
66 87 79-42 217-3 3798 11.12.79
66 87 79-42 225-6 3984 18.9.79
66 87 79-42 230-6 3989 3.10.79
66 87 79-42 224-9 3983 19.10.79

Mass

114 g (NEM: 89 to 115 g)

Comments

Excellent respect of scale, including the height, which is rare.

The railings are mounted, the steps and the gangways are hinged. The dynamo belt is articulated on the bogie chassis. Folded bellows are provided, as well as curtains (glossy!), beds and ladders. The bogies are well detailed: two-piece side beams, leaf springs extending inwards…

The window panes are badly fitted into the body because of a too thick glue. The roof of the TEN versions is immaculate white, which harms realism. See the photos of the Night Ferry website and of J.-P. Dumont (links below).

Last unit purchased: two axles have buckled wheels (the isolated ones).

See:

Modifications

  • Car No. UIC 217: corridor side, original glue removed, glazing glued with thin double-sided tape.
  • Car No. UIC 224 : buffers and steps painted.

History

The Type F (for Ferry) sleeping cars, the English gauge, were intended for France-England traffic (Dunkerque-Dover by the Night Ferry). The series 3788 to 3799 was manufactured by ANF Blanc-Misseron in 1936, the series 3800 to 3805 by the Compagnie Générale de Construction (CGC) of St-Denis in 1945, and the series 3983 to 3989 by the CGC in 1952. They were cancelled at the end of 1980.

Quotation of de Pierre B in the Loco-Revue forum, p. 4.

The car at the top (No. 3798, Ed), in traditional livery but without CIWL badge, dates from 1977 until the end of the Night Ferry in 1980. Indeed, at the end of 1976 the Night Ferry sleeping cars stopped being exploited by the CIWL and were leased to SNCF on behalf of British Rail. In 1977 three cars were repainted in TEN livery (without TEN logo), so like the middle model (No. 3984, Ed), and, also in 1977, other cars received a SNCF logo while retaining the traditional livery CIWL. So the three L.S. Models cars illustrated correspond to the Night Ferry from 1977 to 1980.

The ultimate Night Ferry, with five Type F sleeping cars, left the Paris-Nord station on 1st November 1980, hauled by the BB 16057 (source: questmachine.org- broken link).

Note: the exchange code 66 in the UIC number means English gauge car, special regime.

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Type F sleeping car

Photo J.-P. Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 19 230 221.0 221.8
Chassis length 17 980 206.7 206.8
Body width 2 750 31.6 32.0
Height 3 800 43.7 43.5
Pivot distance 12 190 140.1 140.2
Bogie wheelbase 2 500 28.7 28.7
Wheel diameter 1 050 12.1 12.0