MoD centre gangway saloon built 1973

MoD centre gangway saloon built 1973This page is a part of the Herritage Railways Carriage Survey project and is hosted on the internet by The Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT), a volunteer body, based on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in the United Kingdom. About the Trust: The Vintage Carriages Trust was formed in the late 1960s by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied railway carriages. They could see that there was a need to concentrate on the preservation of these historic items which were in grave danger of disappearing due to the weather and vandalism damage and unsuitability for regular use on preserved railways of the day. The Trust became a Registered Charity in 1981 and a Registered Museum in 1992. The Collection held by the Trust is at present nine historic railway carriages, also three small industrial steam locomotives, and a collection of railway posters and other miscellaneous railway items. The Trust owns the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow - the first station from Keighley on the Worth Valley Railway. By three phases of building work over the last ten years this has developed into a large museum display and associated workshop, and is the Trustís headquarters. Although the building is named a

MoD centre gangway saloon built 1973
MoD centre gangway saloon built 1973


Present Location Richmond Light Railway, Headcorn
County Location Kent
Designed For MoD
Build Location Long Marston
Built by MoD
Type SAL
Later Numbers 8504, 4
Present Number 4
Gauge 2ft
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes Built about 1973 at the ARO C&W workshops at RESD Long Marston (using an existing wagon underframe) as a VIP carriage to carry royal visitors and entourage around the narrow gauge railway at RAF Chilwall. 1994/95: moved to MoD railway at ESSD Eastriggs. Restoration work at Richmond Light Railway has involved: fitting new rood boards and canvas roofing; repair of rotten timbers; new side beading and internal seats; full repaint.
Rarity n/a
Operating Yes
Photo Date 19/08/2017
Photo by John Bishop
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 04/09/2017

Condition before restoration at Richmond Light Railway - see Notes
Condition before restoration at Richmond Light Railway - see Notes




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