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Passenger Coaches

(a) Four Wheeled M Series Passenger Coaches

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4 wheeled M Series Pullman, cream roof, 1935-1936
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4 wheeled M Series Pullman, cream roof, 1937-1956
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4 wheeled M Series Pullman, green roof, 1931-1936
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4 wheeled M Series 2nd Class Express, 1933-1961

(b) Four Wheeled No. 1 Passenger Coaches

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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1, First Class, red livery, 1930-1940
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1, Second Class, green livery, 1927-1940
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, First Class, maroon livery, opening doors, 1931-1936
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, First Class, maroon livery, opening doors, 1931-1936
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, Second Class, green livery, opening doors, 1931-1936
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, Second Class, green livery, opening doors, 1931-1936
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, First Class, red livery, non opening doors, 1937-1952
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, First Class, green livery, non opening doors, 19?
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, Second Class, yellow livery, non opening doors, 1937-1952
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4 wheeled Voiture No. 1 Special, Third Class, green livery, non opening doors, 1937-1952
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4 wheeled Poste No. 1, 1935-1940
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4 wheeled Fourgon No. 1S, Third Class, green livery, sliding doors, 1935-1963

(c) Eight wheeled No. 2/3/4 Passenger Coaches

The six cars illustrated below are known as DEV or Forestier, after the designer. Introduced after WWII, these cars ran until the 1990s.

These tinplate coaches are 25cm long, approx. 10 inches. Later (post 1959) versions of these post war passenger coaches were fitted with a plastic bogie (truck), earlier models being pressed metal. The images below illustrate, in SNCF green, four cars, being All 3rd, All 2nd, Baggage 1st and Baggage 2nd. Did Hornby produce either All 1st or Baggage 3rd coaches? Did such coaches exist in 'real life'?

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8 wheeled coach, green, 3rd class, SNCF, 1954-1963
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8 wheeled coach, green, 2nd class, SNCF, 1954-1963
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8 wheeled coach, green, 1st class/baggage, SNCF, 1954-1963
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8 wheeled coach, green, 2nd class/baggage, SNCF, 1954-1963
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8 wheeled coach, blue Voiture Restaurant (Dining) car, CIWL, 1954-1963
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8 wheeled coach, blue and cream Pullman car, CIWL, 1954-1963

The following passenger car, known in France as sausisson, or sausage, is in SNCF 1st/2nd Class green livery. The prototype cars, seen end on, have a pronounced circular profile, far more so than the Hornby model; hence the name. These coaches were introduced in 1936, and ran until 1982. The Hornby no. 4 model measures 31cm or a fraction over 12 inches.

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8 wheeled coach 'saucisson', green, 1st/2nd class, SNCF, 1939-1953
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8 wheeled coach 'saucisson', green, 1st/2nd class, SNCF, 1939-1953

Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) dates back to 1872, and is famous for luxury rail travel throughout Europe, with coaches operating either as complete trains or attached to scheduled services. The services of CIWL declined after WWII, finally ceasing in 1971.

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8 wheeled coach CIWL Dining Car, 31cm, 1926-1940
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8 wheeled coach CIWL Dining Car, 31cm, 1926-1940
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8 wheeled coach CIWL Sleeping Car, 31cm, 1926-1940
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8 wheeled coach CIWL Sleeping Car, 31cm, 1926-1940

Hornby in France issued a series of traditional Pullman cars, including the famous Flèche d'Or (Golden Arrow), an express Pullman service between London and Paris, via Dover, the English Channel and Calais. The service was introduced in 1926, finally ceasing operation in 1972.

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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Fleche d'Or, 31cm, issued 1933-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Fleche d'Or, 31cm, issued 1933-1940

Hornby issued a series of Pullman cars decorated for the three French pre nationalisation companies, EST, PLM and Nord, and the nationalised company SNCF. The EST and PLM coaches were brown, Nord green and SNCF blue. Various permutations are illustrated below. I suspect the first two images show a repainted coach, in green livery lettered NORD.

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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Nord, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Nord, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Nord, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, Nord, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, EST, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, EST, 31cm, issued 1935-1940
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8 wheeled Pullman coach, PLM, 31cm, issued 1935-1940

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