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Passenger-Rated Stock List



LCDR 3360 and 3188 - Richard Salmon - 18 June 2016 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

 Pre-Grouping Carriages

     London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR)
Craven-era carriages:
354-compt Second (c1856) Web page [dismantled body only]
94Full Brake (c1858) Web page [body and underframe]
204Quadrant-windowed 3-compt First (c1866) (Original No. Unknown, 204 as 2nd) Web page [dismantled body only]
221Brake 2nd/3rd (1852 or 1859) (Original No. Unknown, 221 as Bk.3rd) Web page [will be rebuilt after fire]

Stroudley Carriages:
3284w Main-line Third (1890) Web page [Under Restoration]
661Main-line First (1880) (originally 6w, now 4w) (Suburban Brake 2nd 262 (1909), Brake 3rd 1648) Web page [Operational]
6764w Suburban Brake Third (1875) Web page [body only]
7254w Main-line Brake Third (1878) Web page [dismantled body sections only]
9494w Suburban Brake Third (1881) Web page [Under Restoration]
9924w Main-line Third (1880) Web page [body only]

20th Century LBSCR carriages:
60Directors' Saloon (1913) Web page
7598First (1903) (LBSCR 142) Web page [Operational]

     London Chatham & Dover Railway (LCDR)
486-wheel Brake 2nd (1894) (Brake 3rd 2781, SR 3630 (1927)) Web page
1144-wheel Brake 3rd (1889) (Brake 2nd 106, Brake 3rd 114 (1891), 548 (1899), 3068 (1903)) Web page [Operational]
318828' 3rd (1897) (LCDR 668, SECR 3188 (1907), Brake 3rd, SR 3652 (1926)) Web page [Operational]
33604-wheel semi-saloon (1889) (built as Brake 2nd 51, Brake 3rd 285 (1897), SECR 3360 (1901)) Web page [Operational]

     South Eastern Railway (SER)
33Drawing Room Car (1891) - Later Pullman Car "Constance" Web page [body in two sections]
1721st Saloon (1898) (later brake 1st) (SR 7874) Web page [body only]
1050Composite (later all 3rd) (1897/9, reconstructed by SR in 1924) (SER 568 and 792, SECR 1440, SR 5546) Web page
18??Brake 3rd (1877-8) (One of four, numbered 1887-90) Web page [body only]
21596-compartment 3rd (1887) Web page [body only]

     South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR)
950Birdcage 2nd Saloon Brake (later 3rd) (1907) (3582) Web page [Not Bluebell stock; in private ownership]
971"100 seater" 3rd (1923) (1434) Web page [Withdrawn pending overhaul]
1061Birdcage 3rd Brake (originally 2nd/3rd composite) (1909) (3334) Web page
1098"100 seater" 3rd (1922) (1416) Web page [Operational]
1170Birdcage 3rd Brake (1912) (3410) Web page
1440Composite (see 1050 under SER Carriages above) - probably for use as centre coach for Birdcage trio set
3363Birdcage Lavatory 3rd Brake (originally 2nd/3rd composite) (1910) (SECR 1084, DS22) Web page [Operational]

     London & South Western Railway (LSWR)
2534' family saloon (1885) (SR 0905 and 7937) Web page
320Lavatory 3rd (1900, rebuilt and lengthened in 1935) (1228, 288) Web page
494Corridor 3rd (1911) (673) Web page
1520Lavatory Brake 3rd (1910) (2975) Web page [Operational]

     Metropolitan Railway
368Composite (Built by Ashbury, 1898) (515, 9702) Web page [Operational]
387Brake 3rd (Built by Ashbury, 1898) (512, 2761) Web page [Operational]
394Full 3rd (Built by Ashbury, 1900) (518, 6702) Web page [Operational]
412Composite (Built by Cravens, 1900) (516, 9705) Web page [Operational]

     Great Northern Railway (GNR)
43909Directors' Saloon (1897) (706, 706E, 942090) Web page [Operational]

     London & North Western Railway (LNWR)
1503Observation Car (1913) (LMS 5316, 15843) Web page [Operational]


 Southern Railway Maunsell Carriages (1923-39)

     (all are Restriction 4 (i.e. 9ft wide), unless stated otherwise)
1309Open Third (1935) Web page [Operational]
1336"Drop-Light" Open Third (1933) Web page [Operational]
1365built 1927: Dining Third 7866, redesignated Open Third 1365, 1930, Ambulance 6802 in 1944 and Compo Diner 7841 in 1947 Web page
2356Corridor Third (Restriction 1, i.e. 8ft 6in wide) (1931) Web page
3687Corridor Third Brake Web page (Restriction 0, i.e. 8ft wide for Hastings line) (1931) [Under Restoration]
3724Corridor Third Brake (1930) Web page
4441Nondescript Brake (could be used for 1st, 2nd or 3rd class as required) (Restriction 1) (1933) Web page
4444Nondescript Brake (Restriction 1) (1933) Web page
4922Sorting Carriage for Travelling Post Offices (1939) Web page
5644Corridor Composite (1930) Web page
6575Corridor Brake Composite (1929) Web page
6686Corridor Brake Composite (1935) Web page [Operational]
7864Restaurant Car (1932, rebuilt 1947 as Kitchen Buffet) Web page

 Southern Railway designed Bulleid Carriages (1945-52)

1456Open Third (1947) Web page [On long term loan to Mid Hants Railway, undergoing overhaul]
1464Open Third (1950) Web page [Operational]
1481Open Third (1950) Web page
1482Open Third (1950) Web page [Operational]
2515Saloon Third Brake* (1951) Web page
2526Saloon Third Brake* (1951) Web page [Operational]
4227Saloon Third Brake* with Coupé (i.e. half) compartment (1948) Web page
4279Saloon Third Brake* (1949) Web page
5768Corridor Composite (1947) Web page [Operational]
* denotes "semi-open type"

 Pullman and Compagnie Internationale de Wagons-Lits

89"Constance"Pullman Kitchen 1st - see South Eastern Railway Car 33 above
157"Car No.54"Pullman Brake 3rd (1923) Web page [Undergoing overhaul]
175"Fingall"Pullman Kitchen 1st (1924) Web page [Operational]
219"Christine"Pullman 3rd (formerly "Car No.64") (1928) Web page [Operational]
229"Lilian"Pullman 3rd (formerly "Car No.76") (1928) Web page
307"Carina"Pullman Kitchen 1st (1951) Web page
3801CWILNight Ferry Wagons-Lits (1939) Web page [used as volunteer sleeping accommodation]

 London Midland & Scottish Railway Carriages

     (These three carriages are used for overnight sleeping accommodation for volunteers)
      - see also the LMS BGZ
398LMS/BR 1st Sleeper (1952) Web page [at Sheffield Park]
603LMS/BR 3rd Sleeper (1951) Web page [at Horsted Keynes]
623LMS/BR 3rd Sleeper (1952) Web page [at Horsted Keynes]

 British Railways Standard Steam Stock (Mk.I)

1674RBRRestaurant-Buffet (Refurbished) (1961) Web page [Operational]
1818RMBRestaurant Miniature Buffet (1960) Web page [Operational]
1838RMBRestaurant Miniature Buffet (1959) Web page [Awaiting overhaul]
3064FOOpen First (1955) Web page [Operational]
3069FOOpen First (1955) Web page [Operational]
4754SOOpen Second (64 seats) (1957) (Bicester Military Railway WGP 8806) Web page [Under overhaul]
4824SOOpen Second (48 seats) (1959) Web page [Operational]
4941Saloon(formerly SO) (1962) Web page [Operational, Converted to multi-use saloon with wheelchair lifts]
4957SOOpen Second (64 seats) (1962) Web page [Operational]
5034Saloon(formerly SO, then TCL 99165) (1962) Web page [Under overhaul, Converted to multi-use saloon with wheelchair lifts]
16012CKCorridor Composite (1957) (7012, S16012) Web page [Operational]
16210CKCorridor Composite (1961) (7210) Web page [Operational]
21246BCKBrake Composite (1962) Web page [Operational]
21271BCKBrake Composite (1964) (ADB977109) Web page
25728SKCorridor 2nd (1961) (18728) Web page [Operational]
25769SKCorridor 2nd (1961) (18769) Web page [Awaiting end overhaul]
34556BSKBrake Corridor 3rd (later 2nd) (1955) Web page [Operational]
35207BSKBrake Corridor 2nd (1958) Web page [Operational]

     Non-traffic Mk.I Vehicles:
88"Service Car No.2" Staff Sleeping Coach (SLC M2442) (1961) Web page
25871Carriage Shop, (TCL 99161) Ex-SK (1962) Web page
TCL 99166Staff Dormitory, Ex-SK 25776 (1961) Web page
BDC 977166Visitor 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.
76262, 62236, 70797 & 76263: 4 Vep unit 3417 "Gordon Pettitt" (1967) (7717, 3017) Web page [In care of The Southern Electric Traction Group]


 Passenger Rated Vans

 Pre-Grouping passenger-rated Vans

1LCDRHorse Box (1882) (1002, SECR 184) Web page [May be rebuilt after loss in fire]
153SECRPassenger Luggage Van (PLV) (1922) (1994, DS70031) Web page [Potentially operational]
270LBSCRMilk/Fruit Van (1908) (2178, 1525S) Web page [Restored but not yet operational]
719SECRBirdcage Brake Van (1905) (616, 1601S) Web page
5498LSWRVentilated Luggage Van (1920) (1584, DS1686) Web page

 Southern Railway Vans and other passenger rated stock

404Van C (BY) (4-wheel Guard's Brake Van) (1937) Web page [Under Overhaul]
419Van C (BY) (1937) (ADB 975548) Web page
1184PLV (4-wheel Passenger Luggage Van, later "PMV") (1935) Web page
1788PLV (1942) Web page
2186PLV (1934) Web page
2276Van U (4 wheel Covered Carriage Truck, CCT) (1929) Web page
2462GBL (Gangwayed Bogie Luggage van) (body 1931, u/f 1910) Web page [Potentially operational]
25314-w CCT (1955) Web page [Overhaul completed 2019]
44306-wheel glass-lined Milk Tank (1933) Web page [Potentially operational]
4601Bogie Scenery Van (equipped for carrying circus elephants) (1949) Web 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

32975LMSBGZ (6-wheel Gangwayed Guard's Brake, Stove R) (1938) Web page [Operational, Pullman livery]
87720BR12-Ton INSUL-FISH Insulated Fish Van (1960) (083402) Web page
6334BRBG - HST Barrier Vehicle (ex Gangwayed Full Brake 81478/92128) (1957) Web page
86722BRbogie GUV - (Post Office NJV 93722) (1959) Web page
94181BRCCT (1959) Web page

Coaching stock nominally available for service

* 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, 3069, 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. Now moving towards completion.
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 complete, now receiving internal refurbishment.
BR Mk.1 RMB 1838 - End-structure overhaul being undertaken by external contractors.

Carriages currently receiving heavy maintenance

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 repairs and bogie overhaul (having swapped bogies with 25728).

Carriages currently undergoing light overhaul/maintenance

Bulleid Open 3rd 1482 - re-trim of seating in progress, whilst returned to service for peak periods.
LNWR Observation Car No.1503, LCDR/SECR 3188 and LBSCR 661: awaiting mechanical attention.
SECR Van 153 - bodywork/doors/roof attention.


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.


Carriages and Vans which are no longer at the Bluebell Railway:

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).

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