LNER 43612 Open Third
|LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 43612 Open Third|
LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Open Third 43612
|Built By||LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway York|
|Other numbers||13366, E13366E, 042197|
|Designed By||GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941|
|1979||Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 Open Third (TO) No 43612 was built at York in 1934.
It was renumbered 13366 as part of the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway's 1943 re-numbering scheme. On Nationalisation in 1947, BRBritish Rail or British Railways initially allocated an E prefix to indicate its LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway origin, with a further re-numbering to E13366E after 1951.
It was withdrawn from BRBritish Rail or British Railways service and transferred to Internal UserRolling stock used for the railway’s internal purposes (stores etc.) at one fixed location. stock in May 1962 as a staff coach, receiving the number 042197. It was used as an office until condemned in 1977.
43612 came to the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Norwich on 1 March 1979. For some years thereafter it was owned by Messrs. Gardner Shaw, a Brierley Hill soft drinks firm, although by 1998 it had been acquired by SVR(H).
Following a lengthy and comprehensive restoration at Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, the carriage first appeared in traffic in September 1996.
Early in 2016 ownership was transferred to the SVRSevern Valley Railway Charitable trust. It was scheduled for overhaul at Kidderminster Carriage Works in 2017. In the event it entered Bewdley paint shop in January 2022 for general repairs, having been out of traffic for a few years due to a leaky roof and poor bodywork. It’s on accommodation bogies so that its own can be mechanically overhauled in Kidderminster.
It's hoped that minimal structural work will be needed. However the roof canvass dates from the mid-1980s and not surprisingly a new one will be required, together with routine work to ensure that the roof planks are firmly attached to the framework. The 16 tables fitted as part of its 1996 overhaul were, for reasons of cost, not of a standard railway type and are now life expired, so a replacement set was on order, this time following the original robust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway design that has been successfully used since 1997 in the other 3 SVRSevern Valley Railway based TTOs.
Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Coach Fund
- Longworth (2018) p.175.
- Longworth (2018) p.476.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Editions 7 (1980) and 8 (1990)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th edition
- Branch Lines January 2022 (Retrieved 13 January 2022)