This 7mm. finescale North Eastern Railway (Ex. Blyth & Tyne Railway) Passenger Luggage and Brake Van fleet number 1523 is thought to be hand built. The model was restored by John Jarvis in 2011 (plate on underside). The wheelsets are Mansell – one set is compensated. The vehicle runs very well and is in very good condition. The screw couplings are sprung but the buffers are fixed. Prototypically, The Blyth & Tyne Railway had these carriages built to a very high standard (a standard recognised as unsurpassed for twenty years) in the 1850/60’s. This two-compartment Third Class passenger luggage van was 24ft. long with double doors for the guard, low partitions throughout and a single lamp interior. From 1864 the carriages were built entirely from mahogany. Seventy seven carriages were handed over to the NER. The North Eastern Record volume 2 has drawings and description on pages 8 & 9 for this vehicle. The model has partitions and seating. The internally operated hand brake was mounted externally and covered by a weather-proofed box.