‘Z48’ train for­ma­tion

Model Rail (UK) - - Masterclas­s -

‘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.

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