Heljan has continued its GWR railcar project with an all-new model of the parcels version. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the unique W34W in BR lined carmine livery.
The GWR’s AEC engined railcars hold a special place in British railway history as they were amongst the first of the breed which led to the modern multiple unit. The railcars were built in batches between 1934 and 1942 with the first four completed by Park Royal and followed by 14 from Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon.
However, when the GWR wanted to introduce further railcars, they were built at Swindon Works to a new ‘Razor Edge’ design between 1940 and 1942. This final batch deviated from the initial design in appearance, but also included a second parcels railcar as well as power twins to form two-car units.