GWR 1116 Full Third

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GWRGreat Western Railway 1116 Full Third
GWR C77 TK 1116 at Bridgnorth.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway 1116 Full Third
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status In service
Number 1116
Other numbers 079157, 99231
History
Built 1938
Designed By CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Diagram C77
Lot 1593
Type TK
Length 60ft 11¼in
Weight 31t 9cwt
Seats 64 third
1969 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Carriages

GWRGreat Western Railway Full Third 1116 is one of four 1938-built CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Corridor Third (TK) coaches on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, along with 1086, 1087 and 1146. These coaches seated 64 passengers in 8 third class compartments and were fitted with a lavatory at each end[1].

Service

All four were built at Swindon to diagram number C77 as lot number 1593. Post-nationalisation, passenger service continued with BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) with the carriage being re-numbered W1116W in accordance with normal practice.[1]

In 1965, 1116 was one of 9 coaches withdrawn from passenger service to form a test train, based at Swindon, which was used for load testing of diesel locomotives. For this role it received the number 079157, numbers in that range signifying DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. Coaching stock within the Western Region that did not normally move or had its movements confined to a particular depot or yard. All four of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society TKs formed part of the Swindon GWRGreat Western Railway test train.[2]

Preservation

The entire 9-coach test train was sold into preservation in 1969, with four coaches being bought for the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society and the others by Didcot. 1116 arrived on 9 December.[3] The four acquired by the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society were restored between 1970 and 1973, and saw service on SVR excursions on the main line as well as on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society itself. Heritage carriages used on the main line were assigned TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. numbers, with 1116 being number 99231.[4]

1116 received a full repaint both inside and out, panel repairs and new upholstery in 2003 and a mechanical inspection and overhaul in 2006.[5] It was repainted at Bridgnorth between May and July 2019.[6] It is finished in GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 livery featuring the ‘shirt-button’ roundel.

It is owned by a Great Western (SVR) Association member.[7] 1116 is normally used in set GW.

See also

List of carriages

References

  1. 1.01.1 Longworth (2013) pp.54-55.
  2. Longworth (2013) p.172.
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  4. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  5. The Great Western (SVR) Association, 1116 overhaul (Retrieved 10 October 2019)
  6. GW(SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society)A Newsletter, Summer 2019
  7. The Great Western (SVR) Association stock list (Retrieved 10 October 2019)

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