Railways Group

Electric Multiple Units

The Phoenix coach kits are successors to the 4mm scale BSL range, using a combination of cast white metal ends and fittings, and aluminium sides. Detailing components available separately include plastic and etched bass items.

The SRG is in the process of reviewing the stock and tooling for the kits over the winter of 2015/6, prior to a re-launch of the range in 2016.

Demonstrations of the construction of Phoenix kits have appeared in a number of publications, for example Chapter Five “Assembling a pre-formed metal kit – A Southern Railway ‘Ironclad’ Brake Third“, in Stephen William’s book “The 4mm Coach – Part Two – Working with metal kits”, published by Wild Swan.

Note: These Kits are only available in 4mm Scale.

Photographs of completed kits can be seen by clicking on those Descriptions which appear in underlined coloured script.

Information on Electric Multiple Unit formations may be obtained from the official 'Appendices to the Carriage Working Notices' held in the SRG Library.

We would also recommend the drawings made by our member Mike King, to whom application including an SAE should be made.

SR/BR Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) 'Complete Unit' kits

Key to the Description of the Coaches:
B = Brake; C = Composite;
"C" = Suburban Trailers with some compartments to First Class dimensions but always operated as Thirds
(Seconds from 1956);
D = Driving; F = First;
K = Side Corridor plus Gangways and Lavatories; L = Coach with Lavatory but no Gangways;
M = Motor Coach; O = Open Saloon; P = Pullman; R = Restaurant; RB = Buffet; S = Second;
T = Trailer or Third (Second from 1956)

Please note that most post war 4SUBs, the post war 'Tin Hal' and many Bulleid 4EPBs have no gutter at the cantrail position. However, as standard, Phoenix Coach kits have a representation of a gutter pressed into the roof section. A suitable piece of aluminium is included in these kits to be fixed to the inside of the roof/bodyside joint as reinforcing so that when the adhesives have set the unwanted gutter can be filed away. This process is not as daunting as it sounds provided the adhesive (Epoxy Resin recommended) has set thoroughly.

This page reviewed on 5th July 2023
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