Southern Railway - Maunsell 1365 - Composite Dining Saloon / Open Third
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, No.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 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 removed from traffic pending a major overhaul, which it still awaits.