GWR 9654 Restaurant Third

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GWRGreat Western Railway 9654 Restaurant Third
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GWRGreat Western Railway 9654 at Kidderminster (Apr 2017)
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational
Number 9654
Other numbers DW150326 (or DW150033)
Built 1925 (rebuilt 1937)
Designed By CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Diagram H32 / H52
Lot 1359
Type RTO
Length 58ft 0¼in
Weight 31t 12cwt (as rebuilt)
Seats 56 third
1980 Preserved (NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum)
1981 Loan to SVRSevern Valley Railway
2007 Gifted to SVRSevern Valley Railway
2010 Overhaul commenced
2018 Overhaul completed


GWRGreat Western Railway 9654 is a CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 bow-ended Restaurant Third Open (RTO) carriage.


9654 was built in 1925 to Diagram H32 and initially formed one end of three-car articulated (“Tri-art”) dining set H32, which was rebuilt as three single units in 1937.[1]

9654 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 150326[2] in the second WR Control Train. These control trains were established by the Government during the 1960s as mobile communication control centres in the event of a nuclear attack. This particular train was stored in the Carriage Shed at Craven Arms, and also included sister coach 9653 and five Full Thirds.[3]


When the train was disbanded, the coaches were put up for tender. The Great Western (SVR) Assoc. bid for both 9653 and 9654, but were thwarted by the NRM who claimed both for the National Collection.[3] However the Association successfully negotiated with the NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum for the pair to come to the SVRSevern Valley Railway on loan; both arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from York on 18 August 1981. After arrival both coaches were restored and saw regular use on dining trains.[4] The coach was also used in Carlton's made-for-TV movie 'Goodnight Mister Tom' in 1998 along with two other Great Western coaches.

An agreement was reached in spring 2007 whereby 9654 was gifted to SVR(H).[3] A stop-start overhaul commenced in 2010 due to economic considerations.[5] By 2015, 9654 was stored awaiting recommenced overhaul, having received a coating of blue protective paint (pictured below). In 2017 it was at Bewdley for work including repainting and the fitment of the correct pattern of luggage racks, with outstanding works including lavatories and seating. It was completed in July 2018.[6]

See also


  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  2. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey, SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book states DW 150033
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 157
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 200
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 203