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The East Grinstead Buffet:
British Railways Standard Steam Stock (Mk.I)
35419 - BSK (Corridor Brake Second) built in 1962

35419 at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 21 March 2013

35419 at East Grinstead just before the extension opened
(John Sandys, 21 March 2013)

When we were searching for a carriage to be refurbished to provide temporary station facilities for East Grinstead, this carriage was available, and was obtained for the purpose. The seating used is original Southern Railway Restaurant Car seating from the 1930s and '40s, refurbished and re-upholstered using reproduction Southern Railway first-class "Bird of Paradise" moquette.

The temporary nature of these facilities for the present arises because we are still hopeful eventually of being able to build the sort of terminus building we'd prefer to see at East Grinstead, even though the land to enable us to do this is not currently available. This also has the advantage that we can see how traffic develops to determine exactly what facilities we'll need when the time comes.

The two photos below show the interior of the carriage, including, on the right, as it can be set up for a special party. (Both photos thanks to John Sandys)

Grinsteade Buffet before opening - John Sandys - 21 March 2013 Grinsteade Buffet set up for a party - John Sandys - 25 June 2013
The carriage had originally been built as a 4-compartment brake, with a guard's compartment, to the BR Standard design. It later entered departmental service after withdrawal from passenger use, ending up as a Staff & Generator coach owned by Balfour Beatty and was based at Ashford prior to coming to the Bluebell.

We have two similar carriages in passenger service on the Bluebell Railway, No.34556 and No.35207, and their web pages provide more information about the design, original internal arrangement and use in service of this design of vehicle.


Newly arrived BSK 35419 - Martin Lawrence - 24 October 2012 Type: BSK (Brake Corridor Second), Diagram 181
Built: 1962, by the BR Wolverton works (Lot 30721)
Original No: E35419
Departmental No: KDB 977166, BDC 977166
Seating: Originally 24
Length: 64' 6" over body
Original Weight: 31 Tons
Preserved: October 2012
To Bluebell Railway: October 2012
Owner: Bluebell Railway

Right: The carriage when newly arrived in October 2012, prior to conversion for its role at East Grinstead (Martin Lawrence).


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