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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 43 - Spring 1981

Carriage and Wagon Report - Paul Johnston


During the winter months work has continued on the unique LCDR four wheeler, which, it is hoped, will be in service again at Easter. The exterior teak panelling has been stripped and all cracked panels replaced. The doors, which were rapidly deteriorating, have been rebuilt and are currently being refitted. The roof of the vehicle has been recanvassed and the sides and ends given three coats of varnish. Compartment division walls are being reinstated, after many years, as a semi-saloon and LT District line seats are being fitted to replace the wooden and hardboard benches, which our passengers have endured.


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Photo:
A Lyster - The Beattie watches as Paul applies the first coat of varnish to the Gresley BSK


The Gresley Brake 3rd, 41384, is looking very smart in its 'imitation teak'- much to the confusion of some visitors who think it is the real wood varnished. A number of cracked windows have been replaced and a start has been made on applying lining to the coach body. Interior restoration has also been started and one compartment has been trimmed in a rexine type of material. Some LNER type pictures have been acquired from Wolverton Works and these have also been fitted in the compartment. In addition, some missing fittings have been rescued from the Heaton Emergency Control Set, which was broken up at C F Booth's scrapyard at Rotherham in August last year. It is intended to letter 41384 and apply two more coats of varnish to the exterior before Easter.

Thanks to the Pre-Nationalisation Coach Fund, loans, donations and Adrian Hudson's fund raising events, the Society has acquired another Gresley coach. This is a Corridor 3rd, No. 3188, BR SC12934E (see Stop Press in Quainton News No. 42). It latterly formed a part of the Scottish Region Emergency Control Train, based at Carstairs. 3188 was built at York to Diagram 155 in 1934 for East Coast main line services out of Kings Cross. It is the first Gresley coach to be preserved which has the entry to the compartments only through the end vestibules and, fortunately, it is relatively complete. It is good to report that two other Gresley coaches from this Emergency train, both open thirds, have been preserved by the National Railway Museum. Our pair of Gresley coaches have a seating capacity of 96 and, as well as being an added attraction on Open Days, will allow our vintage four and six wheeled coaches to receive proper care and attention. We also hope to acquire a third Gresley vehicle to supplement the Brake 3rd and the Corridor 3rd. The Society have also purchased an ex-LMS coach, which was formerly a part of another Emergency Control Train. This vehicle will be in store elsewhere until it can be moved to Quainton, when it will be coupled to our existing Catering Vehicle, W64, to provide additional seating capacity. The story of the LNWR coach bodies is told in this issue, but C&W propose to marry the Inspection Saloon body, which dates from 1897, to the ex-GNSR six wheeled underframe to produce a unique and historically interesting vehicle.


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Photo:
A Lyster - The Shabbington GWR body- January 1980


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Reference:
Carriage and Wagon Report - Paul Johnston - Quainton News No. 43 - Spring 1981


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