I’ve just put a cheeky bid in and “won” an old scratch built, quite tatty, O scale coach on a well known auction site.
My initial idea was to ‘ground’ the body as part of the scenery on Muston Sands, possibly using the wheel sets under one of the wagons on Phoenix Yard because they look better than those on some of the existing wagons. The grounded coach body could be a holiday hovel, neatly filling the rear right hand corner instead of the incongruous fir tree that currently hides where the sea meets the corner of the backscene.
A second option would be to patch up the body and use it on the FCPyF. It would need a new roof so replacing the floor and ends as well could make it suitable for the On30 loading gauge when mounted on narrow gauge running gear. I quite like this idea because there are already two scruffy wooden bodied coaches on the FCPyF and I’m currently working on another using coffee stirrers and a cheap plastic toy coach. Having said that though, the mock-up of a holiday hovel at Muston Sands is growing on me!
But there’s still a third option, with running boards and steps added to the solebars and axle boxes, and a new roof (the existing one looks beyond hope of restoration), it could be a workmen’s coach for Lyddlow Mill.
I’ll wait until my purchase arrives so it can be inspected to decide what to do with it. I reckon one of the first two options will prevail, depending how decrepit the bodywork actually is, but for less than a tenner (£6.55 plus £2.95 p&p) it was too good to let it go without that cheeky bid.