GWR 1087 Full Third

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GWRGreat Western Railway 1087 Full Third
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GWRGreat Western Railway Full Third 1087 (furthest, centre)
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Stored awaiting overhaul
Number 1087
Other numbers 079158, 99235
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 Railway

Carriages

GWRGreat Western Railway Corridor CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. (TK) 1087 is one of four such coaches on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, together with 1086, 1116 and 1146. By the time they were built in 1938, CMEChief Mechanical Engineer Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 had introduced more modern designs to succeed the 'bow-ended' stock. These included large picture windows to replace the external door to every compartment, with access to the coach being via vestibules at each end. Following a GWRGreat Western Railway policy decision in late 1937, the 1938 design was built to a more restricted loading gauge as used by the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway and LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway, such vehicles being identified by a yellow disc on the body ends. The 1938 design also reintroduced two extra entry doors on the corridor side.[1] These particular coaches have 8 compartments each seating 8 passengers, plus a toilet at each end of the coach.

Service

They were built at Swindon to diagram number C77 as lot number 1593, with 1087 entering service in March 1938.[2]

1087 continued in passenger service in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Western region as W1087W until April 1965, when it withdrawn and transferred into Internal User stock as number 079154. It then formed part of GWRGreat Western Railway's 9-coach Swindon test train, further details of which may be found under 1146.

Preservation

The entire 9-coach test train was sold into preservation in 1969, with the four TKs and Corridor Composite 7284 being bought for the SVRSevern Valley Railway and arriving on 19 December. All four Full Thirds were restored between 1970 and 1974, and saw service on SVR excursions on the main line in the mid to late 1970s (for which 1087 received TOPS Code 99235) as well as on the SVRSevern Valley Railway itself.

1087 is owned by The Great Western (SVR) Association.

See also

List of carriages

References

  1. Harris (1966) p. 104.
  2. Longworth (2018) p.55.

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