We have a large and diverse collection of rolling stock on the Bluebell Railway, built up over the years since we started in 1960. These include gems such as the Metropolitan Railway stock, which is the only close-coupled standard-gauge train in the country. We have five Pullman cars, from the 1920s and '50s, an unrivalled collection of old SECR, LSWR and Southern Railway carriages, plus the unusual and unique 1913 built LNWR Observation Car and the venerable Great Northern Railway Directors' Saloon.
Right: Restored London, Chatham & Dover Railway carriages Nos.3360 of 1889 and 3188 of 1897, seen on the evening of 3188's re-launch into service, 18 June 2016. The carriage bodies had been used as bungalows from 1925 and 1935, and were rescued by the Bluebell in 2003 and 2005. They both now run on adapted SR van underframes. No.3360 was adapted to carry passengers in wheelchairs thanks to a "People's Millions" grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Two old London Brighton & South Coast Railway carriages have been restored to traffic after 68 and 80 years out of use, and another two are currently being restored. All four were recovered after more than half a century as dwellings, and have been mounted on suitably modified underframes.
Passenger rated stock is that which could be included in passenger trains. It includes luggage vans, carriage trucks, horse boxes, perishable produce vans and milk tankers.
The list shows vehicle number, type, (building date), and alternative numbers carried at various times in the vehicle's history. Links from coach numbers are to photographs of each vehicle.
Other documents provide an Introduction to the Carriages, a Review of the Carriage Fleet, and a Stock List of our Wagons.
Pre-Grouping - SR Maunsell - SR Bulleid - Pullman & CIWL - LMS - BR - EMU - Vans
Operational carriage stock - Carriages under overhaul - Carriages formerly based on the Bluebell
London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR)
| ||Craven-era carriages:|
|35||4-compt Second (c1856) www page [dismantled body only]|
|94||Full Brake (c1858) www page [body and underframe]|
|204||Quadrant-windowed 3-compt First (c1866) (Original No. Unknown, 204 as 2nd) www page [dismantled body only]|
|221||Brake 2nd/3rd (1852 or 1859) (Original No. Unknown, 221 as Bk.3rd) www page [will be rebuilt after fire]|
|328||4w Main-line Third (1890) www page [Under Restoration]|
|661||Main-line First (1880) (originally 6w, now 4w) (Suburban Brake 2nd 262 (1909), Brake 3rd 1648) www page [Operational]|
|676||4w Suburban Brake Third (1875) www page [body only]|
|725||4w Main-line Brake Third (1878) www page [dismantled body sections only]|
|949||4w Suburban Brake Third (1881) www page [Under Restoration]|
|992||4w Main-line Third (1880) www page [body only]|
20th Century LBSCR carriages:
|60||Directors' Saloon (1913) www page|
|7598||First (1903) (LBSCR 142) www page [Operational]|
London Chatham & Dover Railway (LCDR)
|48||6-wheel Brake 2nd (1894) (Brake 3rd 2781, SR 3630 (1927)) www page|
|114||4-wheel Brake 3rd (1889) (Brake 2nd 106, Brake 3rd 114 (1891), 548 (1899), 3068 (1903)) www page [Operational]|
|3188||28' 3rd (1897) (LCDR 668, SECR 3188 (1907), Brake 3rd, SR 3652 (1926)) www page [Operational]|
|3360||4-wheel semi-saloon (1889) (built as Brake 2nd 51, Brake 3rd 285 (1897), SECR 3360 (1901)) www page [Operational]|
South Eastern Railway (SER)
|33||Drawing Room Car (1891) - Later Pullman Car "Constance" www page [body in two sections]|
|172||1st Saloon (1898) (later brake 1st) (SR 7874) www page [body only]|
|1050||Composite (later all 3rd) (1897/9, reconstructed by SR in 1924) (SER 568 and 792, SECR 1440, SR 5546) www page|
|18??||Brake 3rd (1877-8) (One of four, numbered 1887-90) www page [body only]|
|2159||6-compartment 3rd (1887) www page [body only]|
South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR)
|950||Birdcage 2nd Saloon Brake (later 3rd) (1907) (3582) www page [Not Bluebell stock; in private ownership]|
|971||"100 seater" 3rd (1923) (1434) www page [Withdrawn pending overhaul]|
|1061||Birdcage 3rd Brake (originally 2nd/3rd composite) (1909) (3334) www page|
|1098||"100 seater" 3rd (1922) (1416) www page [Operational]|
|1170||Birdcage 3rd Brake (1912) (3410) www page|
|1440||Composite (see 1050 under SER Carriages above) - probably for use as centre coach for Birdcage trio set|
|3363||Birdcage Lavatory 3rd Brake (originally 2nd/3rd composite) (1910) (SECR 1084, DS22) www page [Operational]|
London & South Western Railway (LSWR)
|25||34' family saloon (1885) (SR 0905 and 7937) www page|
|320||Lavatory 3rd (1900, rebuilt and lengthened in 1935) (1228, 288) www page|
|494||Corridor 3rd (1911) (673) www page|
|1520||Lavatory Brake 3rd (1910) (2975) www page [Operational]|
|368||Composite (Built by Ashbury, 1898) (515, 9702) www page [Operational]|
|387||Brake 3rd (Built by Ashbury, 1898) (512, 2761) www page [Operational]|
|394||Full 3rd (Built by Ashbury, 1900) (518, 6702) www page [Operational]|
|412||Composite (Built by Cravens, 1900) (516, 9705) www page [Operational]|
Great Northern Railway (GNR)
|43909||Directors' Saloon (1897) (706, 706E, 942090) www page [Operational]|
London & North Western Railway (LNWR)
|1503||Observation Car (1913) (LMS 5316, 15843) www page [Operational]|
Southern Railway Maunsell Carriages (1923-39)
(all are Restriction 4 (i.e. 9ft wide), unless stated otherwise)
|1309||Open Third (1935) www page [Operational]|
|1336||"Drop-Light" Open Third (1933) www page [Operational]|
|1365||built 1927: Dining Third 7866, redesignated Open Third 1365, 1930, Ambulance 6802 in 1944 and Compo Diner 7841 in 1947 www page|
|2356||Corridor Third (Restriction 1, i.e. 8ft 6in wide) (1931) www page|
|3687||Corridor Third Brake www page (Restriction 0, i.e. 8ft wide for Hastings line) (1931) [Under Restoration]|
|3724||Corridor Third Brake (1930) www page|
|4441||Nondescript Brake (could be used for 1st, 2nd or 3rd class as required) (Restriction 1) (1933) www page|
|4444||Nondescript Brake (Restriction 1) (1933) www page|
|4922||Sorting Carriage for Travelling Post Offices (1939) www page|
|5644||Corridor Composite (1930) www page|
|6575||Corridor Brake Composite (1929) www page|
|6686||Corridor Brake Composite (1935) www page [Operational]|
|7864||Restaurant Car (1932, rebuilt 1947 as Kitchen Buffet) www page
Southern Railway designed Bulleid Carriages (1945-52)
Pullman and Compagnie Internationale de Wagons-Lits
(These three carriages are used for overnight sleeping accommodation for volunteers)
- see also the LMS BGZ
|398||LMS/BR 1st Sleeper (1952) www page [at Sheffield Park]|
|603||LMS/BR 3rd Sleeper (1951) www page [at Horsted Keynes]|
|623||LMS/BR 3rd Sleeper (1952) www page [at Horsted Keynes]|
|1674||RBR||Restaurant-Buffet (Refurbished) (1961) www page [Operational]|
|1818||RMB||Restaurant Miniature Buffet (1960) www page [Operational]|
|1838||RMB||Restaurant Miniature Buffet (1959) www page [Awaiting overhaul]|
|3064||FO||Open First (1955) www page [Operational]|
|3069||FO||Open First (1955) [Awaiting commissioning into service]|
|4754||SO||Open Second (64 seats) (1957) (Bicester Military Railway WGP 8806) www page [Under overhaul]|
|4824||SO||Open Second (48 seats) (1959) www page [Operational]|
|4941||Saloon||(formerly SO) (1962) www page [Operational, Converted to multi-use saloon with wheelchair lifts]|
|4957||SO||Open Second (64 seats) (1962) www page [Operational]|
|5034||Saloon||(formerly SO, then TCL 99165) (1962) www page [Under overhaul, Converted to multi-use saloon with wheelchair lifts]|
|16012||CK||Corridor Composite (1957) (7012, S16012) www page [Operational]|
|16210||CK||Corridor Composite (1961) (7210) www page [Operational]
|21246||BCK||Brake Composite (1962) www page [Operational]|
|21271||BCK||Brake Composite (1964) (ADB977109) www page
|25728||SK||Corridor 2nd (1961) (18728) www page [Operational]|
|25769||SK||Corridor 2nd (1961) (18769) www page [Awaiting end overhaul]|
|34556||BSK||Brake Corridor 3rd (later 2nd) (1955) www page [Operational]|
|35207||BSK||Brake Corridor 2nd (1958) www page [Operational]|
Non-traffic Mk.I Vehicles:
|88||"Service Car No.2" Staff Sleeping Coach (SLC M2442) (1961) www page|
|25871||Carriage Shop, (TCL 99161) Ex-SK (1962) www page|
|TCL 99166||Staff Dormitory, Ex-SK 25776 (1961) www page|
|BDC 977166||Visitor facilities, East Grinstead Ex-BSK 35419, later Staff and Generator Coach (1963)|
BR Electric Multiple Unit Vehicles:
See also the four Metropolitan Railway carriages, above, which are one-time emu vehicles.
Pre-Grouping passenger-rated Vans
|1||LCDR||Horse Box (1882) (1002, SECR 184) www page [May be rebuilt after loss in fire]|
|153||SECR||Passenger Luggage Van (PLV) (1922) (1994, DS70031) www page [Potentially operational]|
|270||LBSCR||Milk/Fruit Van (1908) (2178, 1525S) www page [Restored but not yet operational]|
|719||SECR||Birdcage Brake Van (1905) (616, 1601S) www page|
|5498||LSWR||Ventilated Luggage Van (1920) (1584, DS1686) www page|
Southern Railway Vans and other passenger rated stock
|404||Van C (BY) (4-wheel Guard's Brake Van) (1937) www page [Under Overhaul]|
|419||Van C (BY) (1937) (ADB 975548) www page|
|1184||PLV (4-wheel Passenger Luggage Van, later "PMV") (1935) www page|
|1788||PLV (1942) www page|
|2186||PLV (1934) www page|
|2276||Van U (4 wheel Covered Carriage Truck, CCT) (1929) www page|
|2462||GBL (Gangwayed Bogie Luggage van) (body 1931, u/f 1910) www page [Potentially operational]|
|2531||4-w CCT (1955) www page [Under overhaul]|
|4430||6-wheel glass-lined Milk Tank (1933) www page [Potentially operational]|
|4601||Bogie Scenery Van (equipped for carrying circus elephants) (1949) www page [Children's Play Carriage]|
| ||Further SR vans are also on site, and the bodies of some have already been removed.|
These are providing underframes for the restoration of 19th century 4-wheeled carriages.
LMS & BR passenger-rated Vans
|32975||LMS||BGZ (6-wheel Gangwayed Guard's Brake, Stove R) (1938) www page [Operational, Pullman livery]|
|87720||BR||12-Ton INSUL-FISH Insulated Fish Van (1960) (083402) www page|
|6334||BR||BG - HST Barrier Vehicle (ex Gangwayed Full Brake 81478/92128) (1957) www page|
|86722||BR||bogie GUV - (Post Office NJV 93722) (1959) www page|
|94181||BR||CCT (1959) www page|
* indicates carriages which will require major overhaul in next few years.
LBSCR: 661, 7598; LCDR: 114, 3188, 3360;
GNR: Directors' Saloon (LNER 43909) Metropolitan Railway: 387, 394, 368, 412;
SECR: 1098; LNWR: Observation Car 1503;
LSWR: 1520; LMS: Stove R 32975;
Pullmans: 175 "Fingall", 219 Car No.64 (Christine)
SR Maunsell: 1309*, 1336, 6686, Milk Tanker 4430;
SR Bulleid: 1464, 1482, 2526, 5768
BR: 1674, 1818, 3064, 4824, 4941, 4957*, 16012, 16210, 21246, 25728, 34556, 35207
Carriages undergoing major overhaul
LBSCR 949 - the restoration of this 1881-built brake third, rescued from a farmyard, is nearly complete.
LBSCR 328 - another grounded body under restoration, and like 949 now mounted on a rebuilt SR van underframe.
Pullman 157 "Car 54" - a major project, including the provision of wheelchair access to our Pullman train, this is a 1923-built Pullman Brake carriage.
SR Maunsell 3687 - a Hastings-line brake third, originally brought to the Bluebell to provide spare parts for other restorations, this became a restoration project in its own right.
BR Mk.1 TSO 4754 - an early example of a Mk.1, this carriage came to the Bluebell from the Bicester Military Railway, and is having a thorough overhaul before it enters service.
BR Mk.1 Saloon 5034 - End-structure overhaul being undertaken by external contractors.
CCT Van 2531 - built at Lancing Works in 1955, this is the very last of the classic Southern vans, the origins of which dated back to the SECR in 1919. Owned by the Camelot Locomotive Society, it is having a complete bottom-up rebuild to as-new condition.
Carriages currently receiving heavy maintenance
Bulleid Open 3rd 1482 - intermediate overhaul with re-trim of seating, rebedding of windows, attention to steam heating and a complete re-wire, whilst returning it to service for peak periods.
SECR Birdcage Brake 3363 - repairs to its drawgear.
SR Van'C' 404 - bodywork refurbishment and fitting out as filming support vehicle
LBSCR Van 270 - following restoration of its bodywork, and the replacement of its wheelsets, a redesign of its brake gear has been necessary, and the work on the brake gear is now underway to make the van operational.
Mk.1 SK 25769, steam heat work under way, and to receive intermediate structural overhaul and bogie overhaul (having swapped bogies with 25728).
The Carriage Exhibition at Horsted Keynes is well worth a visit, and includes a viewing gallery in the carriage works, at the south end of platform 5. Donations collected are now being put towards the eventual overhaul of the SR Maunsell Restaurant car No.7864, and the provision of more urgently needed overhead cover for our carriage stock.
On Platform 1 at Horsted Keynes, the Carriage Shop sells various items,
including a large range of books, to raise funds for carriage restoration.
Much of the carriage restoration done at Horsted Keynes is undertaken by
volunteers. As the above lists show, there is a long line of carriages
awaiting our attention. Why not come and join us; drop in for a look
around the shed and see what we do! There is all sorts of work
available, skilled and unskilled. Learn new skills, or brush up on
those you've forgotten. There are people around every day.
Join the Carriage Restorers and be part of an
award winning department! 1309, Pullman 'Bertha' (no longer on the Bluebell) and the completed Metropolitan Set have been overall winners of the Heritage
Railway Association (HRA) C&W competition, 3363, 32975 and 7598 have won HRA "Coach of the year" awards, and 387, 114, 661, 7598 and 1520 have
received other prestigious prizes and awards.
Caledonian Railway: TK 3339
LNWR: Semi-Royal Saloon 806
LMS: TK 1272
Southern Railway: 4 Cor DMBT 11201, Van C (BY) 442, Van C (BY) 653
Pullman Cars: 278 6 Pul Kitchen Composite "Bertha", 282 "Brighton Belle" Kitchen 1st "Doris", 311 Met-Cam Kitchen 1st "Eagle"
British Railways: Mk.I RKB 1566 - photo, Mk.I RU(B) 1987, Mk.I FO 3042, Mk.I FO 3116, Mk.I TSO 4921, Mk.2c FK 13540, Mk.I CK 16263, Mk.I SK 18752, Mk.I BCK 21238, Mk.I SK 24458, Mk.I BSK 35448, the "New Century Lounge" 25778, Mk.I CL 43010, Mk.I BS 43172, Mk.I SLO 48015, "Monster" CCT W600W
Ex-Travelling College stock immediately sold-on: SK 25795, SK 25853, SK 25856, SK 25994
Former SLOA (later FSS) set BN 91 carriages, which were on hire to the Bluebell from April 1990 for a year, were BCK 120 (Sc21236) and FOs 125 Eileen (M3115), 127 Carol (M3117), 128 Beryl (M3130) and 358 (M3108), in addition to 3116 (listed above).
The Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey Project has details of all preserved carriages.
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