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‘The Royal Wessex’

(1951 - 1964)

 

Locomotive no.10000 hauling the Down 'The Royal Wessex' in 1951.

© Colour-Rail

 

The Royal Wessex

‘The Royal Wessex’ service was introduced by British Railways as one of its ‘flagship’ services conveying people to the Festival of Britain. Whilst the train was to be formed using newly-constructed Mk1 coaches the service followed Southern practice with multiple-portions; these started from Weymouth, Swanage and Bournemouth West.

With the definitive article in its title, the inaugural run of ‘The Royal Wessex’ took place on Thursday, 3rd May 1951; this being the day before the Festival of Britain opened to the public. The train ran Mondays to Saturdays, the stock being spare at Bournemouth West on Sundays. 

Upon introduction, the train included a triplet dining set formed of RFO (S9), RK (S80009) and RTO (S1006) in the Bournemouth West portion. However, with a lack of demand for full-dining service this triplet set was replaced by ‘At the sign of the Green ManBulleid Tavern car pair after January 1952.

 

 

 

Festival of Britain emblem
(Abram Games)

 

Festival of Britain
(1951)

The Festival of Britain was initially intended to mark the 100 years since the Great Exhibition of 1851, but with Britain’s towns and cities still shewing the scars of war there was now an aim of promoting the feeling of recovery.

Celebrating British industry, arts and science and intended to inspire thought of a better Britain, the Festival of Britain opened to the public on Friday, 4th May 1951. Whilst the main focus was on London’s South Bank (on a 27-acre former bomb-site close to Waterloo station) there were celebrations and fairs in different parts of the country.

 

With the site separated by the elevated railway line from Waterloo East onto Charing Cross Riverbridge this was an artist’s impression of the Festival of Britain.

(Leonard Bentley)

 

Across a five-month period, some 8.5 million visited the South Bank site with the Festival of Britain closing in September 1951 and the area being rapidly cleared; only the Royal Festival Hall remains.

 

 

 

Brand new S80009 sandwiched between Eastern stock at Doncaster North (up-side) awaiting delivery to the Southern Region from BR Doncaster Works during May 1951. Just visible is the tower of St George’s Church; all other buildings long gone in favour of a shopping centre and its car park.

Within the four-foot of the Up Independent Passenger No.1 platform road a platelayer performs his duties; this being in the days long before hi-visibility vests. Shunt DN103 controlled a crossing to the Up & Down Mains.

© Mike King collection

 

Memo dated 16th April 1951

The following is provided courtesy of the Bluebell Railway Archive.

 

Page 1

 

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Page 4

 

 

 

Locomotive no.10201 (formerly displayed as part of The Festival of Britain) hauls the 4.35pm 'The Royal Wessex' express from Waterloo to Weymouth along the Down Fast through West Byfleet station on Saturday, 11th July 1953. The middle portion (two coaches) went to Swanage and rear dining section (six coaches) for Bournemouth West.

© Ben Brooksbank (Geograph)

 

3rd May 1951

Vehicles were in originally Crimson Lake and Cream but set numbers were not allocated. The train consisted of three portions formed of the initial tranche of BR Standard Mk1 stock. These were:

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BTK

34157

181

-

24

 

TK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BTK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BTK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BTK

34159

181

-

24

 

RTO

1006

56

-

48

 

RK

80009

700

-

-

 

RFO

9

36

42

 

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

BTK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

222

 

As of 10th September 1951, the working (no.33) for the stock was:
 (departure times given unless shew otherwise)

 

Departing from

Time

 

a.m.

Weymouth

7.34

Dorchester South

7.49

Swanage

7.38

Corfe Castle

7.49

Wareham

8.13

Poole

8.25

Bournemouth West.

8.20

Bournemouth Central

8.40

Southampton Central

9.15

Winchester City

9.37

Waterloo (arr)

10.50

Waterloo

11†8

 

p.m.

Clapham Yard

3†53

Waterloo

4.35

Winchester City

5.48

Southampton Central

6.7

Bournemouth Central

6.52

Bournemouth West (arr)

7.13

Poole

7.10

Wareham (arr)

7.21

Corfe Castle

7.42

Swanage (arr)

7.52

Dorchester South

7.43

Weymouth (arr)

7.55

 

denotes ECS

 

There were slight alterations to the ECS (empty coaching stock) timings over the years but the workings essentially remained the same.

 

 

 

BTK S34158 at Clapham Junction on 21st September 1951.

© Denis Cullum (Mike King collection)

 

Memo dated 9th May 1951

The following is provided courtesy of the Bluebell Railway Archive.

 

G.W. Pepper Esq
C&W Dept Eastleigh
RSO

L.G. Durham
Platform 15
Waterloo Station

 

 

 

Bulleid Tavern Car

© Joe Kent (Glen Woods collection)

 

January 1952
The ‘Green Man’

The first change to the formation occurred in January 1952 when the triplet dining set (S1006 + S80009 + S9) was replaced with Bulleid Tavern Car set ‘At the sign of the Green Man’ (S7898S) + S7840S.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BTK

34157

181

-

24

 

TK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BTK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BTK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BTK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7898

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7840

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

BTK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

222

 

 

1952 Overhaul

During the winter of 1952-53 the Mk1 coaches were taken out of service for overhaul, repainting /revarnishing and it was erroneously reported in the January 1953 Railway Observer that The Royal Wessex stock had been allocated set numbers 884, 885 and 886.  

A letter (from a Mr. Willgoss) correcting the situation was published in the May 1953 issue: 

‘There is no question of the original stock of this train being given set numbers. Sets 884-86 are B.R. 4-coach sets in the series 866-891. Certain parts of the three sets in question were, however, used in the “Royal Wessex” in the absence of the original stock, which was passing through works for overhaul. These three sets were not used complete, but the Weymouth Portion consisted of the whole of set 884 plus one CK of set 886; the Swanage portion of one BTK and one CK from set 885; and the Bournemouth portion of the two BTK’s of set 886 plus one SR post-war FK and the TO, Restaurant and Tavern Cars (The Green Man) being retained.

On the return of the original stock of the train, most of which I observed working on the 16th Dec., 1952 sets 884-886 resumed their normal 4-coach formations. I might point out that the return of S34157 and S13003 from works was somewhat delayed (I did not observe these coaches running in the train until 24th Jan., 1953). From 16th Dec., 1952, until this time, the SR FK was retained in the Bournemouth portion and a green SR semi-open BTK (S4276) worked in the Swanage portion.

The CLC-liveried Eastleigh-built 4 Cor BR Mk1 sets 884 to 886 described were as follows:

 

Set
No.

Date
New

BTK

CK

TK

BTK

Outshopped Green

884

1-Sep-52

34269

15042

24320

34270

20-Nov-59

885

1-Sep-52

34271

15043

24321

34272

6-Dec-56

886

1-Sep-52

34273

15044

24322

34274

24-Jan-58

 

The 1952 & 1954 Lancing Works A2 exam outshopping dates for the Mk1 stock were as follows (fitted with Murrell gangway shield during the A2 exam):

 

No.

Type

1952
A2 exam

1954
A2 exam

34157

BTK

2-Dec-52

8-Dec-54

24169

TK

9-Dec-52

2-Nov-54

15023

CK

3-Dec-52

8-Dec-54

15021

CK

3-Dec-52

13-Dec-54

34158

BTK

2-Dec-52

3-Nov-54

15022

CK

9-Dec-52

8-Nov-54

34155

BTK

2-Dec-52

13-Apr-54

34159

BTK

3-Dec-52

8-Nov-54

13003

FK

2-Dec-52

21-Dec-54

34156

BTK

2-Dec-52

25-May-54

 

The post-war malachite green semi-open BTK S4276 was from set 818 (4276 + 5798 + 4275) which had been outshopped from Lancing A2 exam 6th October 1952 along with S4275 but not S5798 which entered Lancing Works for an A2 exam on 27th February 1953 (outshopped 17th May 1953). Set 818 was outshopped BR Green 4th September 1957 without receiving CLC-livery.

 

 

 

CK S15021 at Clapham Junction on 21st September 1951.

© Denis Cullum (Mike King collection)

 

September 1955
The ‘Bull’

Outside the ‘works visit’ working. the January 1952 formation lasted until September 1955 when the Tavern Set was replaced by ‘At the sign of the Bull’ (S7895S) + S7839S. By this time a Merchant Navy class locomotive was regularly rostered for this heavy train.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BTK

34157

181

-

24

 

TK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BTK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BTK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BTK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7895

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7839

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

BTK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

222

 

 

 

BTK S34159 at Clapham Junction on 21st September 1951.

The locomotive is E4 tank engine no.52500.

© Denis Cullum (Mike King collection)

 

17th September 1956
The ‘Salutation’

On Sunday, 3rd June 1956 British Railways abolished Second-class travel and immediately renamed Third-class to Second-class. Any remaining Third-class ‘3’ on pre-nationalisation coach doors were removed; usually at the next varnish (A2 exam). Consequentially a Third Open (TO) was now classified Second Open (SO).

Note - the use of TSO (Tourist Second Open) started to appear in the Appendix to CWN from July 1968.

By 17th September 1956 Tavern car pairing At the sign of the Bull’ (S7895S) + S7839S had been replaced with ‘At the sign of the Salutation’ (S7896S) + S7835S. Additionally, SO S3914 (which had been loose following a period in set 880) was included in the formation around this time.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

*BSK

34157

181

-

24

 

*SK

24169

146

-

24

 

*CK

15023

126

-

48

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

*BSK

34158

181

24

18

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BSK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BSK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7896

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7835

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

SO

3914

93

-

64

 

BSK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

286

 

The note appertaining to the asterisk, against vehicle type, was shown indicating that vehicles would be taken out of service for overhaul and repainting.

*During the Winter these vehicles will replaced by a 4-set, Nos. 877 /891, with similar seating capacity.

The CLC-liveried Eastleigh-built 4 Cor BR Mk1 sets 877 & 891 were as follows:

 

Set
No.

Date
New

BTK

CK

TK

BTK

Outshopped Green

877

1-Jun-52

34255

15035

24313

34256

18-Jan-58

891

1-Nov-52

34283

15049

24327

34284

3-Feb-59

 

 

 

BSK S34156 at Clapham Junction after repainting into Green livery.

© Brian Haresnape (Mike King collection)

 

16th September 1957
The ‘Green Man’

This situation prevailed until around early summer 1957 when all the stock (including the Tavern Set) had been repainted green and ‘At the sign of the Green Man’ (S7898S) + S7840S returned to the train:

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

34157

181

-

24

 

SK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BSK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BSK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BSK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7898

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7840

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

SO

3914

93

-

64

 

BSK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

286

 

 

 

FK S13003 at Clapham Junction on 21st September 1951.

© Denis Cullum (Mike King collection)

 

9th June 1958
The ‘White Horse’

The Appendices for 9th June 1958 & 15th September 1958 show that the tavern set had once again changed; the ‘At the sign of the White Horse’ (S7892S) + S7838S being the booked vehicles used during this period.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

34157

181

-

24

 

SK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BSK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BSK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BSK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7892

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7838

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

SO

3914

93

-

64

 

BSK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

286

 

As of 15th September 1958, the timings were:
(departure times given unless stated otherwise)

 

Departing from

Time

 

a.m.

Weymouth

7.34

Dorchester South

7.49

Wool

8.1

Swanage

7.38

Corfe Castle

7.49

Wareham

8.13

Poole

8.25

Bournemouth West.

8.20

Bournemouth Central

8.40

Southampton Central

9.15

Winchester City

9.37

Waterloo (arr)

10.50

Waterloo to Clapham Yard

11†8

 

p.m.

Clapham Yard

3†53

Waterloo

4.35

Winchester City

5.48

Southampton Central

6.7

Bournemouth Central

6.52

Bournemouth West (arr)

7.13

Poole

7.10

Wareham (arr)

7.21

Corfe Castle

7.42

Swanage (arr)

7.52

Wool

-

Dorchester South

7.43

Weymouth (arr)

7.55

 

denotes ECS

 

 

 

15th June 1959
The ‘Green Man’

In 1959 the separate appendices for the South Western were discontinued and a regional appendix was issued. Although the ‘The Royal Wessex’ formation was given in full, including the ‘Tavern Set’ the Restaurant and Buffet Car workings were no longer included, these were contained in a separate supplement. The ‘At the sign of the Green Man’ (S7898S) + S7840S returned to the train.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

34157

181

-

24

 

SK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BSK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BSK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BSK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7898

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7840

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

SO

3914

93

-

64

 

BSK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

286

 

 

 

Mk1 Dining Third – sadly not ‘The Royal Wessex’ S1006 but instead S1010 at Exeter Central on 23rd August 1963. Built at York February 1951, S1010 was transferred from the WR on 29th December 1962. Note the external sidelight beading received during an E4 exam /Green paint outshopped Lancing Works 16th May 1963. It returned to the WR on 19th April 1969.

© Ted West (Mike King collection)

 

2nd November 1959
The ‘Green Man’

The formation remained unaltered.

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

34157

181

-

24

 

SK

24169

146

-

48

 

CK

15023

126

24

18

 

CK

15021

126

24

18

 

BSK

34158

181

-

24

Swanage

CK

15022

126

24

18

 

BSK

34155

181

-

24

Bournemouth West

BSK

34159

181

-

24

 

RKB

7898

2663

12*

-

 

RC

7840

2664

18

36

 

FK

13003

116

42

-

 

SO

3914

93

-

64

 

BSK

34156

181

-

24

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

286

 

 

 

Summer 1960
The ‘Green Man’

From 1960 the allocated dining pair was not shown in the appendices. However, the same dining pair were noted (by the SC&WS) running in the train in the summer. During the winter timetable, commencing 12th September 1960, again S7898S (formerly ‘At the sign of the Green Man’) + S7840S were shown as the ‘booked pair’ within the restaurant and buffet car supplement.

 

 

 

Summer 1961
The ‘White Horse’

The formation remained the same in 1961 and the catering pair were noted as S7892S (formerly ‘At the sign of the White Horse’) + S7833S on July 3rd 1961. 

 

 

 

‘Loose’ Bulleid BSK 2529 with carriage roundel for
‘The Royal Wessex’ use at Eastleigh on 1st June 1962.

© Ted West (Mike King collection)

 

Summer 1962

In March 1962 Mk1 RB 1764 was noted on the service. Summer 1962 saw the pairing of RFO S7678 with RB S1764; these replaced the ‘Tavern Car’ pair.

The Mk1 second class compartments sat three per side; these being fitted with arm rests (most of the later Mk1 builds for the Southern Region were not equipped with arm-rests and were classified as seating four-per-side). After complaints of overcrowding on the Up trip the seat backs were modified to remove the arm-rest.

As a means of increasing seating capacity, from 1st April 1962 the workings of The Royal Wessex were taken over by Bulleid stock.

 

Portion

Set No.

Notes

 

 

 

Weymouth

858

5 Cor ‘H’ set 858 was allocated to the ‘The Royal Wessex’; possible following outshopping from Lancing on 20th March 1962.

Swanage

864

3 Cor ‘H’ set 864 reduced to 2-set c.Jun-62 for use on ‘The Royal Wessex’ services with BSK 2529 becoming ‘Loose’.

Set disbanded June 1963 with CK 5922 to set 858 and BSK 2530 to ‘Loose’.

Bournemouth West

291

1947 Bournemouth line ‘G’ six-car dining set.

 

Formation from 1st April 1962. All the Bulleid vehicles were specially shopped and the BR roundel applied; the exception being that the Mk1 RB did not have the roundel. BSK is the semi-open type.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

2517

2123

-

48

(set 858)

SK

100

2019

-

64

 

CK

5916

2318

24

24

 

CK

5895

2318

24

24

 

BSK

2518

2123

-

48

Swanage

CK

5922

2318

24

24

(set 864)

BSK

2530

2123

-

48

Bournemouth West

BSK

4351

2123

-

48

(set 291)

CK

5741

2318

24

24

 

RFO

7678

2507

42*

-

 

RB

1762

24

-

23

 

SO

1452

2017

-

64

 

BSK

4352

2123

-

48

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

464

* 24 seats for dining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formation of Mk1 sets
(572 to 574)

Following the displacement of this original Mk 1 stock from The Royal Wessex the BSK and CK coaches (with the addition of BSK 34246) were formed into three 3-sets.  Seating was modified so as to conform to the standard SR layout giving twenty-four first and eighty-eight seconds.

Formations were as follows (all other vehicles became Loose).

 

Set No.

BSK

CK

BSK

572

34156

15023

34157

573

34158

15022

34159

574

34155

15021

34246

 

 

 

June 1963

From June 1963 the train did not carry a Swanage portion. The Weymouth portion was increased to six vehicles as partial compensation; the booked diner for the winter timetable was S1723.

 

Portion

Description

No.

Diag.

 

 

 

 

 

Seats

1

2

Weymouth

BSK

2517

2123

-

48

(set 858)

SK

100

2019

-

64

 

CK

5916

2318

24

24

 

CK

5922

2318

24

24

 

CK

5895

2123

24

24

 

BSK

2518

2123

-

48

Bournemouth West

BSK

4351

2123

-

48

(set 291)

CK

5741

2318

24

24

 

RFO

7678

2507

42*

-

 

RB

1762

24

-

23

 

SO

1452

2017

-

64

 

BSK

4352

2123

-

48

excluding dining accommodation

 

 

Total

114

416

* 24 seats for dining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1964

From June 1964 ‘The Royal Wessex’ ceased to have any dedicated stock and the 08:20 ex. Bournemouth West and the 16:35 ex. Waterloo were covered by two different sets of vehicles.

 

 

 

Official BR portrait of CK S15021; this being one of the
coaches exhibited at Marylebone station 15th March 1951

© British Railway (Mike King collection)

 

Liveries
(& Notes)

When permission was given for the Southern Region to return to Green for its Corridor Passenger stock it rapidly embarked on a programme to repaint at the A2 varnish & repair for many vehicles in order to accelerate the return to Green. The last Crimson Lake & Cream vehicle (last of an eight-set) outshopped from Lancing carriage works on 17th July 1956 (the first BR Green set was outshopped earlier on 11th July 1956).

All ‘The Royal Wessex’ BR Standard Mk1 vehicles carried the BR carriage roundel from the time that they were repainted into Green end-1957.  However, being of SR origin the ‘Tavern Sets’ did not carry carriage roundels.

Build dates are as stated on the Waterloo Record Cards; quite possibly some of these being their date into Southern Region stock.

 

Mk1 vehicles

No.

Type

Lot no.

Build date
(CLC or G*)

Builder

Outshopped
BR Green

9

RFO

30082

12-May-51

BR York

18-Dec-57

1006

RTO

30014

12-May-51

BR York

28-Nov-57

1762

RB

30636

Jan-62*

Pressed Steel

Jan-62 (new)

3914

SO

30086

Jul-54

BR Eastleigh

19-Feb-57

13003

FK

30019

12-May-51

BR Swindon

19-Feb-57

15021

CK

30022

22-Mar-51

BR Eastleigh

19-Feb-57

15022

CK

30022

22-Mar-51

BR Eastleigh

19-Feb-57

15023

CK

30022

22-Mar-51

BR Eastleigh

19-Feb-57

24169

TK

30002

19-Mar-51

BR Derby

19-Feb-57

34155

BTK

30025

24-Mar-51

BR Wolverton

19-Feb-57

34156

BTK

30025

24-Mar-51

BR Wolverton

19-Feb-57

34157

BTK

30025

7-Apr-51

BR Wolverton

19-Feb-57

34158

BTK

30025

7-Apr-51

BR Wolverton

19-Feb-57

34159

BTK

30025

7-Apr-51

BR Wolverton

19-Feb-57

80009

RC

30018

12-May-51

BR Doncaster

24-Mar-58

 

No.

Notes

 

 

 

Mk l Stock

 

Triplet Dining Set

9

RFO First Saloon

Part of the CLC-liveried triplet dining set

S9 was amongst the last Mk1 coaches to leave Lancing Works in CLC livery (5th May 1956 following A2 varnish) Lancing started painting coaches in for routine A2 varnish into Green.

Damaged repaired Lancing Works 30th January 1958 outshopped 10th March 1958.

Into set 560 June 1964.

Transferred to WR 8th August 1964,

80009

RB Kitchen Car (anthracite /electric).

Part of the CLC-liveried triplet dining set

From 30th June 1952 (working no. 39) 80009 was then used as follows:

SX (Not Mondays and Fridays), 10.12 a.m. Bournemouth West to Waterloo and 6.30 p.m. Waterloo to Bournemouth West.

Mondays and Fridays only, 09†40 a.m. ECS Bournemouth West to Bournemouth Central for 10. 33 a.m. Bournemouth Central to Waterloo and 6.30 p.m. Waterloo to Bournemouth West.

SO, 10.20 a.m. Bournemouth West to Waterloo and 1.30 p.m. Waterloo to Bournemouth West.

SUO, spare at Bournemouth West.

S80009 was amongst the last Mk1 coaches to leave Lancing Works in CLC livery (5th May 1956 following A2 varnish) Lancing started painting coaches in for routine A2 varnish into Green.

To ‘Loose’ June 1955 then set 290 (September 1960) working with S1006 and set 297 (August 1961) working with S7684S before (spare August 1962).

Withdrawn Bournemouth 11th July 1964.

1006

RTO Dining Saloon (Third Class)

Part of the CLC-liveried triplet dining set

Waterloo Record Card specifically states ‘to work with 80009 & 9’.

 

 

Catering Vehicles

1762

RB Restaurant Buffet

New to SR January 1962 in Green* and allocated to ‘The Royal Wessex’ June 1962 thence Loose and on to LMR 1973 (else ER in 1974).

 

 

Non-Catering Vehicles

3914

TO Third Open

Ex.880 set September 1956.

Outshopped Eastleigh Works in Maroon livery 23rd August 1963 for transfer to WR. Returned to SR (1967) before final transfer to WR (1973).

13003

FK Corridor First

Into set 517 June 1963 thence Loose. Scrapped in 1990.

15021

CK Corridor Composite

Displayed at Marylebone 15th March 1951.

Into set 574 May 1962. Transferred to LMR. Withdrawn at York.

15022

CK Corridor Composite

Into set 573 May 1962.

15023

CK Corridor Composite

Into set 572 May 1962. Transferred to WR,

24169

TK Corridor Third

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Outshopped Lancing Works in Maroon livery 12th September 1963 for transfer to WR.

34155

BTK Corridor Brake Third

Outshopped A2 Lancing with Murrell gangway shields 13th April 1954.

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Into set 574 May 1963 thence ‘Loose’ June 1966.

Withdrawn at Clapham Junction June 1968 in Green livery.

34156

BTK Corridor Brake Third

Outshopped Lancing with Murrell gangway shields 25th May 1954.

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Into set 572 May 1963 thence ‘Loose’ June 1966.

Withdrawn at Micheldever 8th May 1971.

34157

BTK Corridor Brake Third

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Into set 572 May 1963 thence ‘Loose’ June 1966.

Withdrawn at Clapham Junction June 1968 in Green livery.

34158

BTK Corridor Brake Third

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Into set 573 May 1963 thence ‘Loose’ June 1966.

Withdrawn by November 1973.

34159

BTK Corridor Brake Third

Arm-rests removed 1962.

Into set 573 May 1963 thence ‘Loose’ June 1966.

Withdrawn Micheldever 20th December 1969 in Green livery.

 


Bulleid stock

No.

Type

Window vents

Build date
(CLC or G*)

Builder

Outshopped
BR Green

100

SK

15”

8-Sep-50

Eastleigh

3-Feb-58

1452

SO

10¼”

18-Sep-47*

Eastleigh

27-Jan-58

2517

BSK

15”

15-Apr-51

Eastleigh

16-Jul-57

2518

BSK

15”

15-Apr-51

Eastleigh

16-Jul-57

2530

BSK

15”

1-May-51

Eastleigh

29-Dec-59

4351

BSK

10¼”

18-Sep-47*

Eastleigh

27-Jan-58

4352

BSK

10¼”

18-Sep-47*

Eastleigh

27-Jan-58

5741

CK

10¼”

18-Sep-47*

Eastleigh

27-Jan-58

5895

CK

15”

23-Dec-49

Eastleigh

18-Dec-57

5916

CK

15”

13-Apr-51

Eastleigh

20-Aug-57

5922

CK

15”

1-May-51

Eastleigh

29-Dec-59

7678

RFO

10¼”

18-Sep-47*

Eastleigh

27-Jan-58

7835

RC

15”

21-May-49

Eastleigh

28-Oct-57

7838

RC

15”

16-Jun-49

Eastleigh

13-Nov-57

7839

RC

15”

17-Jun-49

Eastleigh

17-Apr-57

7840

RC

15”

17-Jun-49

Eastleigh

26-Oct-56

7892

RKB

15”

21-May-49

Eastleigh

5-Dec-57

7895

RKB

15”

21-May-49

Eastleigh

23-Apr-57

7896

RKB

15”

16-Jun-49

Eastleigh

26-Nov-57

7898

RKB

15”

17-Jun-49

Eastleigh

6-Dec-56

 

No.

Notes

 

 

 

Bulleid Stock

 

Tavern Car pairings

7892

At the sign of the White Horse’ Tavern Car.

RKB paired with 7838 (RC) in The Royal Wessex.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 16th June 1959 and name deleted from official lists.

Damage repaired Lancing Works 19th June 1962 outshopped 8th January 1963.

Withdrawn ‘Loose’ January 1968.

7838

RC paired with 7892 (RKB) in The Royal Wessex.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 18th June 1959.

Side buffers fitted 24th October 1962.

Withdrawn 1965 and scrapped by Birds (Bynea).

7895

At the sign of the Bull’ Tavern Car.

RKB paired with 7839 (RC) in The Royal Wessex.

Following A2 exam Lancing Works fitted with propane gas 25th January 1955.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 25th March 1960 and name deleted from official lists.

Side buffers fitted 14th November 1962.

Damage repaired Eastleigh Works 6th February 1964 outshopped 2nd March 1964.

Withdrawn ‘Loose’ January 1967.

7839

RC paired with 7895 (RKB) in The Royal Wessex.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 22nd March 1960.

Withdrawn 1965 and scrapped by Birds (Bynea).

7896

At the sign of the Salutation’ Tavern Car.

RKB paired with 7835 (RC) in The Royal Wessex.

Waterloo Record Card states to work with 7837.

Following A2 exam Lancing Works (outshopped 5th January 1955 fitted with propane gas January 1955.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 9th June 1959 and name deleted from official lists.

Side buffers fitted 22nd November 1962.

Withdrawn ‘Loose’ September 1967.

7835

RC paired with 7896 (RKB) in The Royal Wessex.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 9th June 1959.

Withdrawn 1965 and scrapped by Birds (Bynea).

7898

At the sign of the Green Man’ Tavern Car diag. no.2663.

RKB paired with 7840 (RC) in The Royal Wessex.

Following A2 exam Lancing Works fitted with propane gas outshopped 20th December 1956.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 7th January 1960 and name deleted from official lists.

Damage repaired + A2 Lancing Works 25th January 1963 outshopped 25th March 1963.

Withdrawn ‘Loose’ January 1968.

7840

RC paired with 7898 (RKB) in The Royal Wessex.

Modernised from diag. no.2664 to 2665 Lancing Works outshopped 6th January 1960.

Withdrawn 27th February 1965 and scrapped by Birds (Bynea).

 

 

Catering Vehicles

7678

RFO new to set 291 in post-war Malachite 18th September 1947.

Outshopped CLC Lancing 28th January 1955.

To ‘Loose’ June 1964. Withdrawn 27th February 1965.

 

 

Non-catering Vehicles

100

TK see history for Bulleid set 858.

1452

SO new to set 291 in post-war Malachite Green* 18th September 1947.

Outshopped CLC Lancing 28th January 1955.

To set 770 June 1964.

2517

BTK see history for Bulleid set 858.

2518

BTK see history for Bulleid set 858.

2530

BTK see history for Bulleid set 864.

4351

BTK new to set 291 in post-war Malachite Green* 18th September 1947.

Outshopped CLC Lancing 28th January 1955.

To set 805 June 1964.

4352

BTK new to set 291 in post-war Malachite Green* 18th September 1947.

Outshopped CLC Lancing 28th January 1955.

To set 865 June 1964.

5741

CK new to set 291 in post-war Malachite Green* 18th September 1947.

Outshopped CLC Lancing 28th January 1955.

To set 769 June 1964.

5895

CK new ‘Loose’. Set 858 June 1962 to February 1965 thence ‘Loose’ Jun-65. Wdn Oct-67.

5916

CK see history for Bulleid set 858.

5922

CK see history for Bulleid set 858.

Set 864 reduced to 2-set c.June 1962 for use on ‘The Royal Wessex’ services (Swanage portion) with BSK 2529 becoming ‘Loose’. Set disbanded June 1963 with CK 5922 to set 858 and BSK 2530 to ‘Loose’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by Glen Woods with further research and editorial by railway historian Colin Watts. Thanks to historical author Mike King (including permission to use photographs from his collection) and the works of both Gould & Parkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended reading is as follows:

The Illustrated History of Southern Coaches
Mike King
[ISBN 0 86093 570 1]

Bulleid’s SR Steam Carriage Stock
David Gould
[ISBN ?]

Southern Coaches Survey – Pre-grouping and BR MK1 Stock
Mike King
[ISBN 978-0-86093-665-7].

Lancing 1956
Glen Woods
[ISBN 9 780956 765529]

 

 

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