GWR 9615 Kitchen Diner First

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GWRGreat Western Railway 9615 Kitchen Diner First
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9615 in store November 2016
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Overhaul
Number 9615
Other numbers DW150336
History
Built 1932
Designed By CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Diagram H39
Lot 1468
Type RF
Length 61ft 4½in
Weight 44t 0cwt
Seats 24 first
1973 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Carriages

GWRGreat Western Railway 9615 is a Kitchen Diner First (RF) carriage; one of the final designs of the bow-ended era.

9615 in service

In 1932 the GWRGreat Western Railway introduced a batch of 10 dining car twin-sets, with a Kitchen First saloon (RFK) coupled to a full Third Class Restaurant Open (RTO). 9615 was completed in that year, having been built at Swindon as part of Lot 1469 to Diagram H39. A post-War upgrade saw the addition of sliding windows for ventilation and an improved interior.

While in GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Service, 9615 was regularly paired with Third Class Restaurant carriage 9627, and both are preserved on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. All the dining set pairs were withdrawn from passenger service by 1963, having been replaced by BRBritish Rail or British Railways stock; however 9615 later saw DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use as No DW 150336.[1][2]

9615 in preservation

9615 was acquired by SVR(H), arriving in January 1973 from Cardiff Canton diesel depot where it had been serving as an office. After a two year restoration, it was used from the mid-1970s as part of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society's GWR main line set as well as on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society itself. Further body work attention was carried out in 1980.[1]

9615 was moved into Kidderminster Carriage Shed in early 2016 for assessment for its overhaul. In October 2017 it entered Bewdley paint shop for major repairs to begin, having patiently waited for overhaul for 12 years.[3] 9615 is undergoing a back-to-the floor restoration which will take several years to complete. Reports and pictures of the overhaul can be found on the SVR Forum GWR 9615 thread. The Charitable Trust have funded the work.[4]

See also

References

  1. 1.01.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. Great Western Coaches 1890-1954, Michael Harris (1966/1972), ISBN 0 7153 5502 3)
  3. SVROnline forum
  4. 'Platform' magazine, 2018 Issue 4, p.6

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