‘Z48’ train formation
‘The Great Western’ comprised seven BR Mk 1 coaches (totalling 295 tons) arranged as follows: Brake Second Open, Second Open, Second Open, Kitchen Car, Second Open, Second Open, Brake Second Open. I’ve found it impossible to research the actual vehicle numbers 55 years later, and those who were photographing and filming were only interested in the locomotives. However, my quest has thrown up an interesting query. The Kitchen Car is glimpsed several times in movie footage and the window arrangement clearly identifies it as a Diagram 701 or 702 vehicle. Ten RKS were fitted with anthracite stoves and Nos. 80007‑80008 were allocated to the Western Region. They didn’t last long, as the propane‑fuelled version became more popular. Though the coaches were what we would now call Tourist Open Seconds with 2+2 seating, they were ‘dressed up’ with white table cloths for meal service. I will replicate both the ‘dressed up’ interior and create a Kitchen Car in a future issue.