Great Western Railway Dean Era Coaches

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Many withdrawn coaches went on to be used in departmental service. There were at least 4 different number series used:

1 to 1000 in the wagon series
14xxx in the wagon series - Permanent Way rolling stock
80xxx in the wagon series
99xx in the coach series - ex Camping coaches

Each conversion was different, but most conversions involved:

1) Removing some or all compartments. Most conversions of short coaches resulted just 1 or 2 compartments.

2) Fitting bench seats or bunks, cooking or heating stoves & storage lockers for tools.

3) Fitting a track level handbrake. Up until about 1940 a pair of DC levers were fitted to a single cross-shaft (DC1 style) which then connected to the existing coach brake gear. Post war conversions had instead Morton type brake levers. In the registers the former was usually called "Either side hand brake" and the latter "Lever each side".

The exception to this general rule was the former Camping coaches. When originally converted to Camping coaches they had a single DC lever fitted, presumably because they were mostly parked at one location and did not travel in trains frequently.

Dimensions
Length x Width
Wheelbase
Lewis Class.

14935

Engineering Department Tool Van

25' x 8'

18'

LA9N Converted from S1

No track level hand brake fitted.


R Spratt collection
80919

Engineering Coach

31' x 8'
19'
LE7N Converted from T47 in 1937 and painted brown. In 1943 it was painted Red-Brown.

Written "Engineering Department, Westbury

Later changed to "Return to Bathampton"

Fitted with Either side hand brake. Both compartments appear to have retained their original third class seats. Many of the side panels have been plated over, but there is no over plating on the ends and the original guard's duckets have been kept.


© HMRS


© HMRS S136-9

Condemned at Thingly 7/9/1957

Previously 80919 had been converted in January 1932 from 2042 which was originally built as a T51. This coach only lasted until September 1933.

80948

Engineering Coach (Mess Room)

??' x ?'
??'
N/A Converted from Barry Railway Third no.52 in 1924.

Written "Engineering Department Central Wales Division, Machynlleth

Fitted with Vacuum and Either side hand brake. Changed to Lever Each Side at Oswestry February 1953.

Seats with lockers fitted around end, cooking stove provided.


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The origins of this coach are a bit of a mystery. The registers say that it was converted from Barry Railway Third no.52 which was originally built in 1894. However, 52 had 6 compartments, not 5 as the picture shows and the build date was also wrong.
80957

Sleeping Van

28' x 8'
9'6 - 9'6
LA9N Converted from S4 in 1930.

Written "Engineers Department, Oswestry
Load to Carry 15 tons"

One large compartment. Incandescent gas lighting, six beds and one stove.

Fitted with Vacuum and Either side hand brake. Changed to Lever Each Side at Oswestry February 1953.


Condemned 7/9/1957
80958

Inspection Coach

28' x 8'
9'6 - 9'6
LA9N Converted from S3 in 1930.

Written "Engineers Department, Oswestry
Load to Carry 15 tons"

One large & one small compartment. Incandescent gas lighting, cooking stove, table, wash basin and seats with lockers fitted each side of large compartment.

Fitted with Vacuum and Either side hand brake. Changed to Lever Each Side at Oswestry February 1953.

Condemned @ Aberystwyth 13/7/1957
80975

Inspection Coach

31' x 8'

18

LE7N Converted from G20 in 1939.
©R Spratt collection, 9315 before conversion
Converted to Q10 by 20/8/1949
80979

Signal Sleeping Coach

31' x 8'
19'
LE7N Converted from T37 in 1935 and painted brown.

Written "Signalling Department, Reading

Fitted with Either side hand brake (top photo). Changed to Lever Each Side in October 1950 (bottom photo).

The three compartments have been combined into one sleeping compartment and fitted with beds. Other similar conversions were fitted a stove, wash basin and lockers. Given someone has chalked "HELL'S KITCHEN" on the side in the top photo, I think it can be taken that a cooking stove had been fitted!


© PJ Garland RS8/3


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