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Graham Farish (Grafar) produces large quantities of British outline model railway equipment in N gauge. N scale (or N gauge) is a popular model railway standard, allowing hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than HO scale, or pack longer runs containing more detail into a similar amount of space. ...


Graham Farish entered the model railway business in the late 1940s. By 1950 it was offering British outline models in OO scale. The early days of Farish focussed on British OO gauge, and they manufactured track, wagons and other supporting items. Many of the more obscure items such as the Graham Farish Coronation figures (by Russell Gammage) from 1953 are considered collectors items. // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Graham Farish really found its marketing niche with the arrival of N scale becoming the major supplier of British outline N scale models at a time when the market was shrinking and the other OO gauge players were suffering badly. N scale (or N gauge) is a popular model railway standard, allowing hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than HO scale, or pack longer runs containing more detail into a similar amount of space. ...


For some years it was the only major supplier of British outline models in this size. While Graham Farish produced reasonable models and had many fans some of their products, in particular diesel outline models, were notoriously unreliable and regularly suffered splits in plastic gears making the models run badly or only one way. Graham Farish was absorbed by Bachmann Industries in 2001. Bachmann set about improving the at times poor model robustness of the products while moving production to China. Bachmann Industries (originally Bachmann Bros. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Graham Farish products are generally divided into two categories. British made equipment is sought more by collectors because it is 'older' and 'British' while model railway users generally prefer the more robust and detailed Chinese built models.


External Links

  • http://www.grafar.co.uk
  • Split Gears on Graham Farish Locomotives

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Graham Farish (169 words)
Graham Farish (Grafar) produced large numbers of British outline model railway equipment in N gauge.
While Graham Farish produced reasonable models and had many fans some of their products, in particular diesel outline models were notoriously unreliable and regularly suffered splits in plastic gears making the models run badly or only one way.
Graham Farish was absorbed by Bachmann Industries in 2001.
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Graham Farish offer a range of ready to run models on this chassis whilst Mr Taylor uses it as the basis for a range of modern image kits.
The BR livery is correct but Graham Farish used to offer this wagon in LNER red oxide livery which is incorrect, these were `unfitted' wagons and so should have a grey body (the Roche drawing on which the model is based is incorrect).
The diameter of the Graham Farish tank is a shade on the large side but if you remove the ladders and catwalks and shorten the wagon by cutting a section from the centre you get something not unlike one of these earlier wagons.
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