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Craven-era First No. 38x / Second No. 204


Composite image of carriage side - Ian White

Montage image of carriage side - Ian White

The 'house' side of the carriage - Ian White

The apparently intact non-house side of the carriage had to be transported in two sections as the bottom-side and the cantrail were too fragile to hold the full 19ft together in one piece. The two pieces were photographed and the composite montage above produced. Vent bonnets, removed for safe transport, were also digitally replaced on two of the doors.

This carriage was a garden shed near Bexhill, East Sussex. It was encased in various forms of panelling and initially totally hidden in undrgrowth. The 'house' side of the carriage is seen in Ian White's photo on the right.

The carriage is 19ft long and 7'4" wide; all compartments are identical in length and seat support rail height, so it was a "first" not a "composite".

Ian White's drawing below shows how we believe the carriage would have looked. Ian's web page about No. 204 also provides an overview of our four Craven-era carriages and has a large number of photos of this carriage, taken during its recovery.


The 'house' side of the carriage - Ian White
Origin: LB&SCR
Type: 3-compartment First, later Second
Built: details date it to 1866
No: Second No. 204 (originally First No. 38x)
Length: 19' over body, Width: 7'4"
Seats: 24 (second class), probably originally 18 (first class)

Preserved: 2011
To Bluebell: 26 July 2011
Owner: Bluebell Railway Trust


The LBSCR drawing below is of a slightly older First-class carriage (of 1864).

LBSCR drawing from 'A History of the Southern Railway', C. F. Dendy Marshall, 1936

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LBSCR drawing from "A History of the Southern Railway", C. F. Dendy Marshall, 1936.
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