GWR 9615 Kitchen Diner First
|GWRGreat Western Railway 9615 Kitchen Diner First|
9615 in store November 2016
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Designed By||CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941|
|1973||Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
GWRGreat Western Railway 9615 is a Kitchen Diner First (RF) carriage; one of the final designs of the bow-ended era.
9615 in service
In 1932 the GWRGreat Western Railway introduced a batch of 10 dining car twin-sets, with a Kitchen First saloon (RFK) coupled to a full Third Class Restaurant Open (RTO). 9615 was completed in that year, having been built at Swindon as part of Lot 1469 to Diagram H39. A post-War upgrade saw the addition of sliding windows for ventilation and an improved interior.
While in GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Service, 9615 was regularly paired with Third Class Restaurant carriage 9627, and both are preserved on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. All the dining set pairs were withdrawn from passenger service by 1963, having been replaced by BRBritish Rail or British Railways stock; however 9615 later saw DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use as No DW 150336.
9615 in preservation
9615 was acquired by SVR(H), arriving 6 January 1973 from Cardiff Canton diesel depot where it had been serving as an office. After a two year restoration, it was used from the mid-1970s as part of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's GWR main line set as well as on the SVRSevern Valley Railway itself. Further body work attention was carried out in 1980.
9615 was moved into Kidderminster Carriage Shed in early 2016 for assessment for its overhaul. In October 2017 it entered Bewdley paint shop for major repairs to begin, having patiently waited for overhaul for 12 years. 9615 is undergoing a back-to-the floor restoration which will take several years to complete. Reports and pictures of the overhaul can be found on the SVR Forum GWR 9615 thread. The Charitable Trust have funded the work.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th Edition
- Great Western Coaches 1890-1954, Michael Harris (1966/1972), ISBN 0 7153 5502 3)
- SVROnline forum
- 'Platform' magazine, 2018 Issue 4, p.6
- 9615 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line (incorrectly states that "It was originally ordered in 1915 … making it one of the last Bow-Ended toplight carriages")