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Southern Railway – Maunsell Carriage No.4441

SR Maunsell Nondescript Brake 4441

Richard Salmon

Type: Nondescript Brake
Built: 1933 at Eastleigh (E708)
Original No: 4441
Other Nos: S4441S, 082444
Seating: 36 1st, 2nd or 3rd class as required
Length: 59'
Restriction: 1
Weight: 31 tons
Withdrawn: 1965
Preserved: 1973
To Bluebell: 10/10/1973

The Maunsell restriction 1 (8'6" wide) "nondescript" or unclassed coaches were built for use on the South Eastern Section boat trains, and could be allocated for first, second or third class as required by the passenger complement of the ship for which the train was run. Internally they were fine vehicles, divided into three separate saloon areas, quite fit for first-class use. They also found use, as rather plush third-class accommodation, on special trains run for some of the many boarding schools within the SR's area at the start and end of term. Two of these splendid coaches are to be found, in working order, on the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

No.4441 is reasonably complete, in spite of having been used as a mobile office at Streatham Common. It was used as a C&W stores coach, but is now in storage, and is considered as a relatively high priority for restoration. It is thought that, due to damage sustained before arrival at Bluebell, it may have to exchange underframes with sister carriage No.4444 which is also in store here. One possibility is that two saloons will be restored to original condition, with the third saloon being provided with a wide door opening from the guard's area and loose seating, giving wheelchair access.

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