The coach as it was on arrival on the Bluebell
Built for serices from London to Dover, Ramsgate and Margate, and part of 4-coach set "N" No.92, this coach was part of the first batch of Bulleid coaches to have the larger 15-inch deep ventilators above the side lights, and the last to be painted Malachite green. Unfortunately compared to the later coaches, they had slender body pillars of poor quality timber, so few of this batch have survived.
Converted to a staff coach for a Chipmans Chemicals weedkiller train, it retained its brake compartment intact, along with many other underframe components which are often missing from departmental conversions.
Initially preserved with the intention of operating behind Bulleid pacific "Hartland" on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, it was never restored. When offered for sale, the Bluebell Railway put in an offer to take the coach should no other railway be interested in restoring it, principally as a source of spare parts to enable the restoration of our other Bulleid coaches, particularly brake coach 2526, which was missing some vital components. With four Bulleid brakes already on site, it was never the intention to restore 4035 to its original condition. When, after being advertised for most of the year, no other railway showed any interest in taking the coach, it was moved to the Bluebell.
The body was dismantled in 2004, and those sections of bodyside timbers which remained in good enough condition for future re-use have been retained, along with those components which will be useful for 2526. The underframe, at one time, was intended as a replacement for that under 2526, but on closer examination is more severely corroded at the ends than is ideal, and that under 2526 has been repaired instead.