LNER 43600 Open Third

LNER 43600 Open Third
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LNER Open Third 43600
Built By LNER York
Status In service
Number 43600
Other numbers 13354, E13354E, DE320960
History
Built 1934
Designed By Gresley
Diagram 186
Lot 559
Type TTO
Length 61ft 6in
Weight 31t 0cwt
Seats 64 third
1980 Preserved on SVR

Carriages

Upgraded interior of 43600
LNER Gresley Open Third (TO) No 43600 was built at York in 1934, primarily for excursion traffic, but carriages of this type were often found in service trains. It was the first LNER vehicle built with a welded chassis, reducing the weight by around a ton.[1]

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Service

It was renumbered as 13354 as part of the LNER's 1943 re-numbering scheme. On Nationalisation in 1947, BR initially allocated an E prefix to indicate its LNER origin, with a further re-numbering to E13354E after 1951.[2]

From 1961 until 1979 it served with LNER 24105 Open Third as part of an Emergency Control Train, for which role the interior was stripped of seats, heating and 24V lighting. Desks, phones, 240V mains lighting and heating, lockers and chemical toilets were added. In this role it carried the Departmental number DE320960[3].

Preservation

43600 arrived on the SVR on 3 April 1980 in black livery. It was painted brown given a set of plastic chairs borrowed from the Catering Dept. and was used in service trains from that September until late 1984. Restoration into 1935 livery but with a very basic "temporary" interior, (fortunately including proper seats, heat, light and working toilets) was completed in 1987, after which it was used for 27 years!

Overhaul and Upgrade

In 2014 it received an overhaul and comprehensive upgrade in LNER period style to the interior, re-entering service in November. LNER pattern luggage racks, coat hooks, wall lamps, tables and mirrors were added, whilst the angular Mk1 seat ends were replaced with new ones to a much more sympathetic design. Fawn vinyl, similar to the original Rexine was used to cover the walls, and the seats were upholstered with cut moquette made to an LNER pattern of the period. The upgrade was paid for by its new owners, the SVR Charitable Trust thanks to many generous sponsors who contributed £13.8k including Gift Aid.

During January to May 2016 further work was carried out on the roof as a joint volunteer/full time staff project and included stripping off the old roof covering (dating from c1987,) securely re-fastening the T&G roof boards to the transverse steel hoops with countersunk set screws and applying a new canvass,rainstrips and tacking rails. The opportunity was taken to apply a further 2 coats of varnish to the exterior, thus prolonging its life before the next major overhaul. This work was completed and it returned to traffic on 18th May 2016.

Early in 2016, a principal supplier of 24 Volt LED lamp bulbs introduced a 40 Watt equivalent "golf ball" style bulb, the installation of which would improve lighting levels and reduce power consumption. A public appeal raised sufficient money to replace all of the lamp bulbs in the LNER carriages of set N. The electrician reports that since the replacement, Set N has required very little top up charging from battery chargers as the dynamos are now able to supply sufficient current to charge the batteries (as they should).

43600 was one of three coaches which in 2010 were gifted by the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund to the SVR Rolling Stock Trust (now the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd), along with 24068 and 70759.

See also

References

LNER (SVR) Coach Fund

  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  2. Longworth (2018) p.175.
  3. Longworth (2018) p.473.

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