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Southern Railway designed
Bulleid brake carriage No. 2515, built in 1951

Bulleid Semi-Open Brake 2515 at Horsted Keynes - 13 September 1998 - Richard Salmon

Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third No. 2515 at Horsted Keynes (Richard Salmon, September 1998)

This coach, built to a Southern Railway design by the newly formed British Railways, was used throughout its time on BR in three-coach set No.857. It is unusual in its "semi-open" seating arrangement, having 16 seats in two compartments, and 32 in an open saloon. Initially used on London to Dover, Ramsgate and Margate services, in 1955 it was transferred to the South Western lines out of Waterloo.

On withdrawal it was retained for conversion to a gauging vehicle, but this was never done, and it was sold, complete but in need of major repairs, to the Bluebell. It finally entered full service after overhaul in 1977, having run briefly, partially complete, in 1976, as part of the five-coach Bulleid set formed for the return to traffic of Bulleid Pacific "Blackmoor Vale". It received new external sheeting during another overhaul in 1986-7, the seating was re-trimmed (upholstered) in 1994, and the roof re-covered and a repaint in 1998. It has now run for twice as many years on the Bluebell as it did on BR.

Having, for a couple of years, been relegated to periods of peak demand only, this carriage was finally withdrawn from service in the Spring of 2010, after 33 years in Bluebell service. It now needs the replacement of its corroded and corrugated steel bottom side, the structure which joins the timber-framed body to the steel underframe. This type of repair has already been carried out on other recent Bulleid carriage overhauls (1482, 2526 and 5768) and 2515 now takes its place in the overhaul queue, along with 1481, as a complete vehicle in need of structural repairs.

Bulleid Semi-Open Brake 2515 at Horsted Keynes - March 1994 - Richard Salmon

No. 2515 in the carriage works yard at Horsted Keynes (Richard Salmon, March 1994)
At this time (as it was again later) the coach was presented authentically in its
BR(S) livery, rather than backdated to the Southern livery it had been built too late to carry.

Type: Semi-Open Brake Third
Built: April 1951, underframe at Lancing, body at Eastleigh (E3583)
Original No: S2515S
Seating: 48 3rd class
Length: 64' 6"
Weight: 33 Tons
Withdrawn: 1966
Preserved: 1972
To Bluebell: 2/3/1973
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