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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 47 - Autumn 1982

Bogie Bolster Wagons Nos. 97 & 98 and Bogie Bolster No. 64, 66 and 99

The Wagon Train


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Photo:
J R Fairman - Waiting for Departure, Premanagar


During the filming at Premanagar station the five former BSC Corby bogie bolster wagons were marshalled in the sequence, from the Quainton station end, 66, 64, 97, 98 and 99. On each wagon replicas of Indian Railway carriages had been constructed by the filmset craftsmen and each vehicle was a superb example of the art of the makers, Watts and Curry Ltd.

The details of the wagon to carriage conversions were as follows:

BSC No. IR No. Nos. on end Type of Coach Remarks
66 4721 403893
JRL VAX
254
Vestibuled Saloon Painted blue and stone colours on non-platform side
66 5047 403 308
JAK ATX
271
One First Class compartment with adjoining lavatory - remainder: a shell -
97 - 034 434
RLJ TSI
Third Class - Open Body wider than others - sashes and louvres on non-platform side
98 - - Body shell only Glazed openings on non-platform side
99 - - Body shell only Glazed openings on non-platform side

All the bodies were made of plywood on timber framing, which was exposed on the non-platform side. On the side facing the stations the plywood was covered with thin sheet metal and painted in Indian Railways brown-red paint, with white letters and numbers. No. 66 was the only carriage with both sides complete. Although it looked similar to the others from the platform (No. 4721), on the outside it was a resplendent Maharajah's saloon in blue and stone coloured livery and a coat of arms on the centre panel. Access to the saloon was by a 'one-sided' verandah and a centre door. Inside the coach was a dark wood panelled, sumptuously furnished room, with richly upholstered chairs and couches in blue and gold, table lamps, pelmets and curtains in matching colours and expensive looking tables, desks and an escritoire. It was all most impressive.


The Maharajah's Coach
This was the most complicated conversion.
Wagon 66 was transformed into a splendid saloon, with verandah on one side at one end.

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Photo:
J R Fairman - The Verandah with its ornate balustrades and sun awning - 16th September 1982

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J R Fairman - The Arms of the Maharajah on the centre panel - 16th September 1982

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J R Fairman - The exterior of the saloon, showing the former GCR main line to London on the right of the carriages - 16th September 1982


No. 5047, alias wagon 64, was provided with a door from the platform side into a short side corridor, with a first class compartment to the right, the compartment being at the right hand end of the coach. Opposite the outer door was a toilet door, and the toilet had a small hand basin and fittings. The compartment was 'oak' panelled and had dark green leather cloth covered bench seats across the full width of the carriage, except where the side corridor joined the compartment (just like the LBSC push and pull sets!). There were luggage racks, boxes and cases - and it was a most realistic representation of a crowded compartment. The remainder of the vehicle was an empty shell.


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Photo:
J R Fairman - Carriage 5047

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Photo:
J R Fairman - The interior of No. 97


Next in line, No. 97, was the third class coach, which was fitted out for its full length with wooden benches and seats at two levels on each side of a centre corridor - to form an open carriage with a bare floor and rather sordid. The other two coaches, Nos. 98 and 99, were mere shells, although, like all the five vehicles, the body ends and the platform side were full of realism and excellent replicas of the Indian carriages of that period when the story unfolds - the nineteen-forties.

A few days after the end of filming, the bodies were dismantled. By 26th September, Nos. 66 and 64 had already reverted to their unglamorous role as bogie bolster wagons and a mobile crane stood with its jib hanging over the next coach to be demolished. Sic Transit Gloria!


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1982 and so does not reflect events in the 32+ 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:
The Wagon Train - Quainton News No. 46 - Autumn 1982


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