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Inspection Saloon Kits

Click here: to order a 5" g. Inspection Saloon Kit, or parts thereof, in our on-line shop!

or, Click here: to order a 7 1/4" g. Inspection Saloon Kit, or parts thereof, in our on-line shop!

If you would prefer to build your own Inspection Saloon driving car and save money, this is the option for you.

Builds into a high quality, sturdy, steel bodied, model, using CNC machined parts, laser cut steel work and with the attention to detail which 17D Miniatures strive to achieve in all their products.

The complete kit can be purchased as one item - prices shown at right - which provides a saving of around 15% over buying the individual parts separately. Although if you would prefer to spread the cost then you can buy all the parts as and when needed through our webshop too.

5 inch gauge Inspection Saloon

Inspection saloon before painting, showing all steel construction

The body, chassis and bogies prior to painting. (Note kit bogies will differ slightly - those shown are welded version)

Kit Details:

  • Prefabricated and profiled steel body ready to paint, including steel rod for water pipes, with fixing stanchions.
  • Prefabricated box section and laser cut 6mm steel chassis complete with removable foot boards, and buffer beams, ready to paint.
  • 2 x semi-scale Bogie Kits - bolt together, and including CNC machined EN8 wheels, axles, axle boxes, with laser-cut leaf spring profiles, suspension springs and all fixings. Also includes mounting plates for the addition of the braking system if required.
  • Fully upholstered and professionally made correctly profiled roof/seat with high density foam cushioning. Ready to drop into place and sit on!
  • Clear, light grey tinted 3mm acrylic window material - supplied in strips - just cut to length and glue in place.
  • Sprung Coach buffers and clevis couplings - buffer beam is pre-drilled for these.
  • Detailing kit - grab handles, door handles and hinge detail, windscreen wipers and lamp irons - all laser cut ready to screw on 
  • Optional Braking System upgrade -Either manual cable operated, or, for 7 1/4" gauge version, combined integrated manual & vacuum braking kit (see right column for more detail).
  • Lettering and Company Crest Decals availablefor GWR, BR and LMS liveries - ask for details. Others may be available subject to additional set-up costs.

These inspection saloons provide a comfy ride for both driver and even a light passenger (or two in 7 1/4" gauge version) . It will look very smart behind any standard gauge loco, and will not look out of place in a longer train. These Inspection Saloons, having had long and varied use, have seen a number of liveries over the years, and thus will not look out place behind a multitude of locomotives, right up to more modern diesel locos.

The braking upgrade, if purchased in it's entirety, provides for interlinked manual and vacuum operated braking. The neat central unit sits quite easily within both the 5" and 7 1/4" gauge bodies, and accommodates a central pivot with arms which connect to both manual and vacuum inputs, using a sliding link so each can be operated independently.

We have now also removed the need for the large outside manual brake lever, by replacing it with a neat hand lever on a "flying" cable which can easily be stowed beneath the seat when not needed.

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Ready to Run Inspection Saloons here

Complete Kit Prices:

5" gauge:    £1099.00

7¼" gauge: £1284.80

(Unbraked versions)

Save around 15% against buying individual parts!

All parts also available separately - see web-shop page for details.

(Prices shown ex works & subject to VAT)

Braking System Upgrade

Dual disc brakes (manual cable operation) + £ 200.00

For 7 14" g version: Integrated manual & vacuum braking kit: £329.00


  • Brake master case, with linkages, adjusters, and cable terminations.

Master braking unit

  • Inner and outer brake cables.
  • PNP Vacuum Brake kit complete with mountng plates, tubing, hose tails and connectors, vacuum release valve, reservoir
  • 2 x Brake Calipers.
  • 'Flying' hand held brake lever unit. (stows under seat - no need for a long lever attached to coach)

Our brake caliper unit

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