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Stroudley Third No. 992

992 on delivery to Horsted Keynes - Dave Clarke - 21 May 2008

No.992 on arrival at Horsted Keynes on 21 May 2008 (Dave Clarke). The temporary tarpaulin was replaced with a fully fitted one soon after.

Garnish Rail stripped to reveal identity - Sheina Foulkes - 22 May 2008
No.992 is the fifth Stroudley coach to arrive on the Bluebell, having been part of a bungalow in West Wittering alongside a North London Railway carriage (which went to the Furness Railway Trust). Along with our Stroudley first, No.661, brake thirds No.949 and No.725, and the younger full-third No.328, it will enable us to form a prototypical 5-coach set of Stroudley coaches to run with our Stroudley Terriers 'Stepney' or 'Fenchurch'.

Sheina Foulkes' photo on the right shows a garnish rail partially stripped to reveal the coach's likely identity.

Trevor Tupper, who lived locally, provides a full set of photos covering the recovery of the carriage from "Sunnyside", The Crescent, West Wittering. The boundary between the Witterings ran down the back of the street, with the result that even some local residents thought it was in East Wittering! His photos below show the North London Railway carriage which formed the front of the property, taken back in 2000, and the Brighton coach ready to be recovered from the site in 2008.

NLR carriage at West Wittering - Trevor Tupper - April 2000 992 prepared for removal from West Wittering - Trevor Tupper - 19 May 2008

992 on delivery to Horsted Keynes - David Chappell - 21 May 2008 Type: 4-wheeled Main-line Third (Diagram 44/145)
Built: 1880 (at Brighton)
Seating: 50 3rd class
Length: 26'
Weight: Original: 8 Tons 10 cwt
Original No: 992
Preserved: 2008
To Bluebell: 21 May 2008
Owner: Bluebell Railway Trust

David Chappell's photo shows the body of No.992 being craned onto a temporary underframe on delivery to Horsted Keynes on 21 May 2008. It currently occupies half of the underframe from Bulleid carriage 4035.

Further Reading: LB&SCR Carriages, Volumes 1 & 2, Ian White, Simon Turner and Sheina Foulkes, Kestrel Railway Books, 2014 & 2016.

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