Built by the LMS these coaches were only the second lot of standard coaches to be built post second world war, but constructed to a 7 bay pre-war Stanier design with all-wooden framework. The coach is a “gangwayed open” or “vestibule” type with a large smoking compartment (4 bays) and smaller non-smoking compartment (3
bays), two toilets were fitted at one end. 27162 is fitted with the standard pre-war large sliding ventilators. Seating 56 in groups of four at each window bay with fixed tables. Over 1000 of this type were constructed by the LMS during the existence of the company but none after nationalisation. The LMS favoured this type of layout for
many years, this being attributed to the weight saving per passenger with respect to an equivalent side corridor type. It is interesting that only in the LMSs post war years did the side corridor type outnumber the open type in any appreciable numbers. One of only 350 built after the war whereas 2500 side corridor coaches were constructed during the period.
Out shopped by the LMS, it would have been used for ordinary service trains all over the LMS system. The vestibule coach was used for excursion and dining purposes too and an attendant\\'s bell push was located at each table. Liveries were LMS maroon, crimson and cream then BR maroon, 27162 never carried blue/grey. After withdrawal the interior was completely stripped and the vehicle used for exhibition train purposes and stationed at Salisbury when not in use. Sold out of BR service it was purchased by an enthusiast at Quainton Road initially as a workshop. Later sold on again to other QRS members it became a stores vehicle. Purchased by the LMSCA in 2009, it has since undergone external restoration by Rail Restorations North East at Shildon.
The interior of the coach was completed to a very high standard in March 2011 in time for the vehicle to feature in the Royal visit of HRH Duke of Gloucester on 6th April 2011 for the Grand Opening of the Duffield line. However, just a few months later in October 2011, the interior of the coach was tragically destroyed by an accidental fire which was caused by bodywork repairs. Fortunately, most of the wooden framework of the vehicle was still in good condition and the LMSCA hope to restore it once again.
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|Weight:||30 T||Running No:||27162|
|Brake Type:||Vacuum||Operational Status:||Not Operational|
|Remarks:||Copy for this item was kindly provided by Derek Mason of the LMSCA|