The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

Gauge Museum QR Interpretation: Coach 6705

Additional information about Coach 6705:

It has seats for first and third class passengers and room for luggage, mails and the guard, so was particularly suitable for providing a ‘through coach’ for destinations on West Country branch lines, so that passengers did not have to change trains.    

The coach is built with oak frames, with sheet steel plates on the outside, and wooden internal panelling.  The body is bolted to a steel underframe which rides on two 4-wheel bogies, with bolsters limiting the movement of the body to provide a more comfortable ride.     

The coach went to Bellows Falls at the same time as Schools class 4-4-0 locomotive 30926, Repton and M7 0-4-4 tank engine 30053 and both have been repatriated.  You can see Repton on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the M7 on the Swanage Railway. 

6705 at Taunton in BR days (© Peter Darke)

Technical Details:

Lot no 1589, delivery complete 15 October 1938

Gangwayed Brake Composite coach

Drawing no. E.159

Length 60 ft 11¼ in, width 8 ft 11 in.

Weight 32 tons

Built at Swindon carriage works.    

Carriage building at Swindon:

Initially, contractors built carriages for the GWR from its opening in 1838.  The company constructed a new carriage works at Swindon in 1869 and it carried on building vehicles for the GWR and then British Railways until 1962.  (In 1950, the carriage works employed 4,300 men).  After closure, carriage work was moved to the locomotive works, and the last of the BR owned ex GWR carriages (except sleeping cars) were withdrawn at the end of 1967. 

Railway coaches are still built at Litchurch Lane, Derby owned by Alstom, and also at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, owned by Hitachi. 

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