GWR 9103 Nondescript Saloon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 9103 Nondescript Saloon
GWR G58 third saloon 9103 at Highley.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway 9103 Nondescript Saloon
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status In service
Number 9103
History
Built 1929
Designed By CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Diagram G58
Lot 1400
Type Nondescript, BTO
Length 58ft 4¼in
Weight 38t 0cwt
Seats 44 unclassified (as built)
1972 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
2013 Returned to service

Carriages

9103 is the final CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 version of the ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 prototype 1912 ‘toplight’ nondescript saloon 9055, and is one of a batch of ten built in 1929. Like 9055 and 9369, it seated 44 passengers in two saloons with a side-corridor connection and was used for private hire, the term ‘nondescript’ signifying it was not allocated to any one specific class such as first or third. The CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 version displays the characteristics of the GWRGreat Western Railway ‘bow-ended’ era, without the ‘toplight’ windows of the prototype.

Following withdrawal in the early 1960s, 9103 became part of the “Westward Television Train”, an exhibition train which visited 22 towns to publicise the opening of Westward Television in 1961[1]. It arrived at Bewdley in January 1972, having been privately purchased from Danygraig, Swansea, and was returned to service in 2013. The high quality restoration of the coach resulted in the Heritage Railway Association winning the title of Overall Winner in the Carriage and Wagon category of the Heritage Railway Association Awards in November 2015.[2]

9103 is owned by The Great Western (SVR) Association and is in service, normally appearing in the GWR2 set. It is finished in GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 chocolate and cream livery featuring the ‘coat of arms’ logo.

See also

List of carriages

References

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book, Ninth Edition

Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  1. 78rpm.co.uk retrieved 8 July 2015
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 192, "Great Western (SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society) Association Progress", Gareth J. Price

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