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Metropolitan Railway Composite 368 (built by Ashbury, 1898)

Met Composite 368

The coach in early 1997, before its roof was stripped off as the first stage of its restoration.
Richard Salmon

368 restored

The carriage on the day of its first run after restoration, May 2002
Martin Lock

Type: Composite
Built: (Ashbury) 1898
Seating: 24 1st, 30 3rd
Length: 39' 6"
Weight: 20 Tons
Original No: 368
Other Nos: 9702, 515
Withdrawn: 1960
Preserved: 1961
To Bluebell: 2/3/1961

This coach was converted for electric operation in 1906 and reconverted for steam haulage on the Metropolitan's Chesham Branch in 1940 as LT No.515.

Purchased by the Bluebell in 1961, it was used during the early sixties, since when it has been out of use.

It has been restored as part of the BASH (Bluebell Ashbury Supporters and Helpers) project to return the set of four "Chesham" vehicles to working order. It was the one out of the four in the worst condition, but there was no work required on it that we could not undertake. Indeed, a start was made quite early, in that all the first-class seating for this vehicle has been rebuilt, replacing the arm-rests which were removed in 1940, and re-trimmed in a deep-blue moquette with white and gold piping.

Details of its restoration are on a separate page.

Go to a Picture of this coach inside the shed.

A web page is dedicated to details of the history and current restoration of the four Metropolitan coaches.

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