LNER 24506 Brake Third
24506 was built in 1943 as Gangwayed Full Brake/Pigeon Van 70759 (Type BGP). In around 1945 the guard's compartment was enclosed in response to complaints that the guards were feeling the cold. After withdrawal by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in 1972, it was used as a store by publishers David & Charles in Newton Abbot. It later moved to the South Devon Railway where it was again used as a store.
As 70759, it was purchased by The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund in 2005, arriving at Bewdley in March of that year. Initially it was used as a combined store and Station Fund shop, before restoration began to return the vehicle to service as a second LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway brake van for the teak set.
Part of the restoration involved moving the body from its original heavily corroded underframe onto the newly refurbished underframe of another Gangwayed Full Brake/Pigeon Van, No 70442 (formerly LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 4069). A time lapse video of the move which took place on 12 July 2011 is available on Underframe Swop. The restoration of 24506 has seen the larger van portion converted to 4 passenger compartments with a corridor and toilet; the small van and guard's compartment have been restored to 1950s vintage condition, and the original pigeon racks have been refitted. 24506 was shunted out of Bewdley C&WCarriage & Wagon on Thursday 30/7/15 and was moved to Kidderminster on Friday 7/8/15 for further varnishing, and then to stay in the carriage shed whilst awaiting its turn in the mechanical workshop and paintshop. It entered the paintshop on 14/12/15 for lining and lettering, further paint and varnish plus internal finishing. The seats have been upholstered in red & black cut moquette. Reproduction frames for the oval mirrors were made at Boston Lodge and their oval beveled mirrors by a firm in Kidderminster. The batteries are in place and working, and LED lamp bulbs installed. On the mechanical side, the gangways have been refurbished prior to re-fitting, whilst the bogies have been refurbished and are almost ready for re-fitting. It was outshopped from the paintshop, matching the rest of Set N in full prewar livery and carrying the number 24506 on Tuesday 9/2/16. On Thursday 17th March 2016 it entered the mechanical workshop for the completion of steam heating, re-bushing of brake linkage, a small amount of new platework, fitting of refurbished bogies, brake cylinders and gangways,and other mechanical work necessary before it enters SVRSevern Valley Railway service.
The number 24506 has been "borrowed" from a 1939 built four compartment Brake 3rd which was not in existence by mid 1943 (believed destroyed by enemy action) whilst 70759 was part of the only batch of GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 carriages outshopped new without ever carrying a prewar style number. In view of the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway's practice of transferring the identities of destroyed rolling stock to their replacements (A3 "Grand Parade" being probably the best known example) this was felt appropriate.
Parts have been recovered from the body of 70442 for use in the restoration on 24506 and elsewhere, while the underframe of 70759 has been dismantled for spare sections, the centre portion being retained at Kidderminster carriage works as a strong and stable workbench.
24506 was one of three coaches which in 2010 were gifted by the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Coach Fund to the SVRSevern Valley Railway Rolling Stock Trust (now the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd), along with 24068 and 43600.
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LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Coach Fund