GWR 2119 Full Third
|GWRGreat Western Railway 2119 Full Third|
2119 in Bewdley Yard, August 2020
|Built By||GRCWGloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Gloucester|
|Other numbers||W2119W, 99239|
|Designed By||HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948|
|1968||Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
GWRGreat Western Railway HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Corridor Third (TK) No 2119 was ordered by the GWRGreat Western Railway before nationalisation, but completed on behalf of BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works in April 1949 as lot no 1720 to diagram C82. 2119 has the characteristic HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 sloping ended roof profile and 64ft length. It seats the normal 64 passengers in 8 compartments, but had an oak interior rather than the more usual mahogany. There is a toilet in the cross-vestibule at each end. There are also two central doors per side, those on the compartment side being in the third and sixth compartments.
2119 was purchased direct from passenger service, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Didcot on 28 August 1968 and receiving full GWRGreat Western Railway livery in 1979. It was also used as part of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's GWR main line set, for which it was allocated TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. number 99239, as well as on the SVRSevern Valley Railway itself.
In October 2017, 2119 was moved outside the joinery shop at Bewdley Down Yard for a long overdue overhaul to begin, the vehicle having been in store for about thirty years. Priority was being given to the major repair of GWR 9615 Kitchen Diner First; the next task on 2119 was the planned removal of the floor during 2019. It is owned by the Great Western (SVR) Association.
By 2022 work on 9615 was paused, but work on 2119 had not started. It was mooted that The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund may take this as a project after 9581.
- ↑ Longworth (2013) p.56.
- ↑ Severn Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- ↑ Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
- ↑ SVROnline forum
- ↑ SVRSevern Valley Railway News 200, Winter 2017
- ↑ GW(SVR)AGreat Western (SVR) Association Newsletter, Summer 2019