GWR 9654 Restaurant Third

GWR 9654 Restaurant Third
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GWR 9654 at Kidderminster (Apr 2017)
Built By GWR Swindon
Status Operational
Number 9654
Other numbers DW150326 (or DW150033)
Built 1925 (rebuilt 1937)
Designed By Collett
Diagram H32 / H52
Lot 1359
Type RTO
Length 58ft 0¼in
Weight 31t 12cwt (as rebuilt)
Seats 56 third
1980 Preserved (NRM)
1981 Loan to SVR
2007 Gifted to SVR
2010 Overhaul commenced
2018 Overhaul completed


GWR 9654 is a Collett 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 Departmental 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 NRM for the pair to come to the SVR on loan; both arrived on the SVR from York on 18 August 1981. After arrival both coaches were restored and saw regular use on dining trains.[4]

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, SVR Stock Book states DW 150033
  3. SVR News 157
  4. SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. SVR News 200
  6. SVR News 203