GWR 9103 Nondescript Saloon
|GWRGreat Western Railway 9103 Nondescript Saloon|
GWRGreat Western Railway 9103 Nondescript Saloon
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Designed By||CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941|
|Seats||44 unclassified (as built)|
|1972||Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
|2013||Returned to service|
9103 is the final CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 version of the ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 prototype 1912 ‘toplight’ nondescript saloon 9055, and is one of a batch of ten built in 1929. Like 9055 and 9369, it seated 44 passengers in two saloons with a side-corridor connection and was used for private hire, the term ‘nondescript’ signifying it was not allocated to any one specific class such as first or third. The CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 version displays the characteristics of the GWRGreat Western Railway ‘bow-ended’ era, without the ‘toplight’ windows of the prototype.
Following withdrawal in the early 1960s, 9103 became part of the “Westward Television Train”, an exhibition train which visited 22 towns to publicise the opening of Westward Television in 1961. It arrived at Bewdley on 29 January 1972, having been privately purchased from Danygraig, Swansea, and was returned to service in 2013. The high quality restoration of the coach resulted in the Heritage Railway Association winning the title of Overall Winner in the Carriage and Wagon category of the Heritage Railway Association Awards in November 2015.
9103 is owned by The Great Western (SVR) Association and is in service, normally appearing in the GWR2 set. It is finished in GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 chocolate and cream livery featuring the ‘coat of arms’ logo.
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book, Ninth Edition
- 78rpm.co.uk (Retrieved 8 July 2015)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 192, "Great Western (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Association Progress", Gareth J. Price