Steve Johnson Modelmaker
Class 124 Swindon Trans-Pennine
Swindon Works produced these handsome six car units to work the Trans-Pennine route from Hull, Leeds to Manchester and Liverpool in 1960. To cope with the hilly nature of the route, the set had four power cars giving a total output of 1,840hp, more than most Type 3 locomotives! The other unique point was that these were the only sets to feature non-driving power cars, two per set. The front end styling, similar to the Class 303 'Glasgow Blue Trains', gave the units their distinctive look. With the end to buffet services on DMU's, the TFKRB vehicles were withdrawn and the sets ran as five car units.
Illustrated is my model of a Class 124 Driving Motor Composite. This is actually a Dapol model, but is produced from the old Trix moulds and is probably better known as a Trix model. Being Trix, the scale is an unusual 3.8mm:1 ft, and therefore slightly undersized.
As you can see, this is a kit of parts I acquired roughly assembled together. The plan is to produce a full six car unit. To do this, I have acquired etched body sides for the other vehicles, namely 2 x NDMBSK. 1 x TSOL and 1 x TFKRB. To match the DMC's sizewise, I have had these etches made to fit the Trix Mk.I carriages. These etches with be fixed to the carriage sides after the correct openings have been made for the different window layouts. The motor bogies will fit in the 2nd and 5th vehicles, the NDMBSK's, where they can be hidden in the brake ends. New bogies will be fitted, using the DC Kits mouldings in addition to extra engines and other underfloor detail applicable to a DMU.
MTK also offered a 6 car kit of this class.