GWR 6045 Bow-end Composite
|GWRGreat Western Railway 6045 Bow-end CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard.|
6045 on its official launch into traffic 17 October 2021
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Designed By||CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941|
|Seats||24 first, 24 third|
|1962||To departmental service|
|1973||Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
GWRGreat Western Railway 6045 is a 57' Corridor CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. (CK) carriage, having four first class compartments to seat 24 passengers and three third class compartments also to seat 24 passengers. It was built in 1928 to Lot 1392, Diagram E132, an early CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 design having flush sides and bow ends. It also has toilets at each end and external doors to each compartment on the non-corridor side. 6045 is a typical GWRGreat Western Railway vehicle from the 1920s; the first class compartments are trimmed in walnut and the third class in mahogany. It is the only survivor of 51 built.
6045 was based in Devon and Cornwall for most of its mainline service. The type were used initially on expresses and later on semi-fast cross-country services, including the Birmingham to Cardiff trains, which passed through Kidderminster.
6045 in departmental service
It was converted to a BTU Staff & Dormitory Coach in 1962 and saw DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use as No DW 150293. It was condemned in 1971.
6045 in preservation
It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 6 January 1973 by rail from Bristol, having been bought the previous year by Robert Smallman for £200, plus £24 transport. The missing third class compartment structure came from GWR Collett bow-ended Corridor Third 4886. Since then it had been stored in various locations on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, but moved to Bewdley Down Yard in 2014 for restoration to begin. Work began in earnest in 2015; progress on the restoration was shown on the Great Western (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Association website. In October 2018 the coach moved to Carriage Repair Works at Kidderminster and was completed in April 2020, the restoration costing around £150,000. It is turned out in the livery it carried in 1930.
On 17 October 2021 a special train ran with 1501 and the Great Western set to officially launch 6045, with special guest passengers involved in its return to traffic. Originally planned for May 2020, it was delayed by the 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Branch Lines, October 2021
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 216, Winter 2021, pp. 41-44
- Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (Retrieved 5 July 2019)
- GW(SVRSevern Valley Railway)A Newsletter, Winter 2020 edition
- GW(SVR)A News page, April 2020
Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
Great Western (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Association
- 6045 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
- 6045 on gw-svr-a.org.uk
- Restoration progress on gw-svr-a.org.uk