GWR 9653 Restaurant Third
|GWRGreat Western Railway 9653 Restaurant Third|
GWRGreat Western Railway 9653 Restaurant Third
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Built||1932 (rebuilt 1937)|
|Designed By||CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941|
|Diagram||H32 / H52|
|Weight||31t 12cwt (as rebuilt)|
|1980||Preserved (NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum)|
|1981||Loan to SVRSevern Valley Railway|
GWRGreat Western Railway 9653 is a CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 bow-ended Restaurant Third Open (RTO) carriage.
GWRGreat Western Railway 9653 in service
It was built in October 1925 as lot number 1359 to Diagram H32, and initially formed one end of three-car articulated (“Tri-art”) dining set H32. The articulated sets were an attempt to reduce train weights by means of two carriages sharing a single bogie. However the relative lack of flexibility of this arrangement, and the introduction of more powerful locomotives, led to the sets being rebuilt to Diagram H52 as three single units in 1937. 9653 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 150032 in the second WR Control Train.
GWRGreat Western Railway 9653 in preservation
It was preserved in 1980 and is part of the National Railway Museum’s National Collection. It first arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from York in 1981 along with sister coach 9654. It remains on loan to the SVRSevern Valley Railway, and was regularly used as part of the Severn Valley Limited dining set, finished in GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 livery featuring the ‘shirt-button’ roundel.
- Harris (1966) p. 150.
- Longworth (2018) p.110.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum 'Our Collection' entry for GWRGreat Western Railway 9653
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 200
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 206, 208