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Southern Railway No.4279
Bulleid Brake Third, built in 1949 (under BR)


SR Bulleid Semi-Open Brake 4279

Semi-Open Brake Third No.4279 at Horsted Keynes
Richard Salmon

This coach was built to a Southern Railway design by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. It is unusual in its "semi-open" seating arrangement, having 16 seats in two compartments and 32 in an open saloon. It was used in three-coach set No.820, on the Weymouth and West of England trains out of Waterloo until withdrawn and converted into a tele-printer office, stripped of the seating and compartment partitions.

On arrival on the Bluebell, it entered traffic with temporary seating, until between 1976 and 1979 it received a more extensive renovation and was fitted with compartment partitions and seating of the correct pattern. In 1997 it received further maintenance work, including a new roof canvas, and repairs to a few parts of the wooden structure and interior. It has now run for more years on the Bluebell than it did on BR.


Type: Semi-Open Brake Third
Built: (Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.) Jan. 1949
Original No: S4279S
Other Nos: DS 70248
Seating: 48 3rd class
Length: 64' 6"
Weight: 32.5 Tons
Withdrawn: 1966
Preserved: 1970
To Bluebell: 20/6/1970
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