GER 197 Six-wheel Composite (now Brake Composite) built 1887

GER 197 Six-wheel Composite (now Brake Composite) built 1887This 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

GER 197 Six-wheel Composite (now Brake Composite) built 1887
GER 197 Six-wheel Composite (now Brake Composite) built 1887


Present Location Kent East Sussex
County Location Kent
Designed For GER
Build Location Stratford
Diagram number 219
Lot number F20
Type CZ
First Number 197
Later Numbers 6197 (LNER); K&ESR 81
Present Number 6197
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 6 wheel
Original Underframe No
Original Bogies/Wheelsets No
Additional Notes Built 5/87. W'drn 9/28, G at Wisbech as chalet. P 79? by Resco at Plumstead, restn 1981 on by K&ESR Thameside Group. Donated to K&ESR 1983, to Tenterden 1984 and mounted on unaltered u'frame from LMS Stove R BGZ 32991. Restoration completed 03/06 as GER 197 (see additional photo below). By 05/17: repainted as LNER 6197 (see main photo above).
Owner Tenterden Railway Company
External Structural Condition Good
Internal Structural Condition Good
Underframe Condition Good
External Finish Satisfactory
Internal Finish Good
Degree of External Originality Much replaced/reproduced material
Degree of Internal Originality Much replaced/reproduced material
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Good
Degree of Internal Authenticity Good
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Very Good
Rarity Several
Historical Importance of some Importance
Storage Secure Open
Operating Yes
Survey Date 05/02/2002
Surveyor Gordon Maslin
Photo Date 19/05/2017
Photo by Dan Adkins
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 04/07/2017

Steve West 23/07/2012. Earlier GER livery and number
Steve West 23/07/2012. Earlier GER livery and number






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