GWR 7284 Composite

GWR 7284 Composite
GWR E164 CK 7284 at Bridgnorth.jpg
GWR 7284 Composite
Built By GWR Swindon
Status In service
Number 7284
Other numbers 079156, 99236
Built 1941
Designed By Collett
Diagram E162
Lot 1639
Type CK
Length 59ft 10in
Weight 31t 5cwt
Seats 24 first, 24 third
1969 Preserved on SVR


GWR Corridor Composite (CK) 7284 was built at Swindon in June 1941 as lot number 1639 to diagram E162. The term ‘composite’ refers to a carriage having more than one class of seating, in this case both first and third class compartments.

After passenger service, 7284 was later numbered 079156 and 99236. The former number signified Departmental Coaching stock within the Western Region that did not normally move or had its movements confined to a particular depot or yard. The latter number signifying hauled non-passenger carrying use and related to 7284’s inclusion in the Swindon GWR test train which was used for load testing of diesel locomotives.

The entire 9-coach test train was sold into preservation in 1969, with 7284 being bought for the SVR along with four Full Third (TK) carriages, arriving on 19 December. It was first restored in 1971 when owned by Mr Peter Waite. In the mid-1970s it was used as part of the GWR rake of carriages used on the main line as well as on the SVR itself. Now owned by The Great Western (SVR) Association, it is regularly used in set GW and is finished in GWR 1934-42 livery featuring the ‘shirt-button’ roundel.

See also


Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
Great Western (SVR) Association web site