The client for whom I am building the LNWR motor train liked the idea of some suitable figures to populate the coaches. Here they are, in detail you may never see again once they are installed inside the train. To fill in some background information, the train being modelled would form a connecting service from a London & North Western branch line “somewhere in Metroland” to a Metropolitan Railway service into London.
(Yes, I do have a tradition of naming the characters that I model. It adds a bit of fun to the proceedings. Giving plausible identities to what can sometimes be disparate model figures also helps me when I’m decided on their colour schemes.)
Two City gents, Lesley Masterson and Eustace Farquar, study their morning papers, while a Miss Emily Brownlow catches up on some light reading. Charles Timpson looks a bit the worse for wear, probably after a night out on the town with his old school chums.
Sir Christopher Beardsmore-Lewisham, a well-known eccentric landowner on this line, seems intent on being very naughty with Mrs Agatha Frensham, widow, intent on a day in London with her oldest friends – and not Sir Christopher. Mr and Mrs The Hon St John Singleton-Featherstone appear to be on their way to the city for an evening at the theatre.
Private Arnold Crump and Lance Corporal James Trent, of the 42nd Light Foot & Mouth, are making their way back to barracks, having completed their mission escorting a military prisoner to Colchester. The other two escorts have gone off on a 48-hour pass for some well-earned time with their sweethearts. Driver Albert Barnes is a regular on this branch, working on lighter driving duties after nearly forty years on the Nor’ Western, man and boy.