BR 1654 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished)(Scrapped) built 1961

BR 1654 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished)(Scrapped) built 1961This 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

BR 1654 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished)(Scrapped) built 1961
BR 1654 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished)(Scrapped) built 1961


Present Location Boness (scrapped)
County Location Falkirk
Designed For BR
Built by Pressed Steel
Diagram number 24
Lot number 30628
Type RBR
First Number 1654
Later Numbers M1654 E1654
Present Number None
Current Livery BR Crimson Lake and Cream
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes P 1994 by Ayrshire RPS. Waterside, Dalmellington. Scottish Industrial Railway Centre/Doon Valley/Dunaskin Heritage Centre. Static: site buffet facility to 1999, then for a time used for school parties. To Great Central (Northern) 01/11, where plans were to restore for service during 2011. Dual braked. To Bo'ness & Kinneil by 12/13. Would provide spare body for 1730 (crucial to SRPS Railtours main line operation) in the event of some catastrophe to this vehicle. In the meantime is being used as a source of spares. By 08/16: decision taken that it was not in good enough condition to be used as a spare body for the main line RBRs as projected, and after extensive spares recovery (including bogies) has been scrapped for recycling.
Owner Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd
External Structural Condition Poor but Substantially Complete
Internal Structural Condition Poor and Incomplete
Underframe Condition Satisfactory
External Finish Poor but Substantially Complete
Internal Finish Poor and Incomplete
Degree of External Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of Internal Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Fair
Degree of Internal Authenticity Fair
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Good
Rarity Many
Historical Importance some Interest, Modest Consequence
Operating No
Survey Date 02/07/2006
Surveyor David Wigley
Photo Date 30/05/2016
Photo by Steve West
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 28/08/2016





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