Robert Frise - GNR No. 1470 on vintage train
Robert Frise - GNR No. 1470 on passenger train in 1970s
This six-wheeled vehicle was built for the East Coast Joint Stock to a standard GNR design. Traces of the original East Coast Joint Stock livery, from an era when it was probably used for services between Kings Cross and Scotland, were found during the original restoration. With the introduction of Gresley bogie vehicles, it was demoted to secondary and branch line duties. Its detailed history is unknown until, like most other old coaches that survive today, No. 1470 was taken into departmental stock when withdrawn from passenger service. It became No. DE940482 and was sent to Boston Motive Power Depot. In 1963 the vehicle was transferred to Hitchin until 1969, when it was purchased by Mr D. Baines who donated it to the Quainton Railway Society. It arrived at Quainton on 13th January 1970. It is 34ft 10½ in long, 8 ft 10 3/4in wide and 12ft 4¼in high.
This coach was used at Quainton on passenger trains in the 1970s and 80s, fitted internally with plain wooden seats for 40, with the original basic layout of four third class comparments and a brake end with guards lookouts maintained.
It was withdrawn from passenger service in 1991 for a 14 year restoration period, being returned to service in April 2005. In 2001 the restoration received an award from the Transport Trust towards the completion of the restoration, for which thanks is given. Overall over 7500 manhours of volunteers time have been spent on this restoration since 1991. THe total cost was approximately £12,200.
|Origin :-||GNR||Date Built :-||1889||Number :-||GNR 1470|
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|Type :-||6 Wheel Brake 3rd||Builder :-||GNR Doncaster||Owner :-||QRS|
|Status :-||Operational||Location :-||Downyard - Wembley Building||Accession Number :-||W/0005|
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