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Southern Railway – Maunsell Carriage No.1365

SR Maunsell Composite Dining Saloon 1365

Type: Composite Dining Saloon/Open Third
Built: 1927 at Eastleigh (E461)
Original No: 7866
Other Nos: 1365, 6802, 7841, S7841S
Seating: 64 3rd class; later 31 3rd class, 24 1st class
Length: 59'
Restriction: 4
Weight: 32 tons
Withdrawn: 1961
Preserved: 1963
To Bluebell: 24th February 1963

Built as an open third-class dining saloon, it was coupled to a first-class kitchen/restaurant coach for London to Bournemouth and Portsmouth services. In 1930 it was reclassified as an open third and renumbered 1365, since its place as a dining coach was often taken by more recently built open thirds. In 1944 it was again renumbered, as 6802, on being requisitioned for use as an ambulance coach.

In 1947 four of the Restaurant Diners were rebuilt as Kitchen Buffet cars, and No.1365 was among the coaches selected to be rebuilt as composite dining saloons to accompany them. It was divided into two equal saloons, one end seating 24 first-class diners in loose chairs, and the other 31 third-class passengers in fixed seats, all with tables. It then received the number 7841, and was coupled to 7864 (also preserved on the Bluebell).

On arrival on the Bluebell it was again coupled to 7864, as a static buffet arrangement. It was returned to passenger traffic in 1970 as No.1365, running sporadically as required, until withdrawn from traffic pending a major overhaul.

Although 1365's overhaul is still many years distant, it is one of the vehicles destined to be moved to the new OP4 carriage storage shed in late 2017.

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