LNER 1211 Gresley bogie First Sleeper built 1935

LNER 1211 Gresley bogie First Sleeper built 1935This 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

LNER 1211 Gresley bogie First Sleeper built 1935
LNER 1211 Gresley bogie First Sleeper built 1935


Present Location Boness
County Location Falkirk
Designed For LNER
Build Location Doncaster
Diagram number 157
Lot number 601
Type SLF
First Number 1211
Later Numbers SR 178
Present Number 178
Current Livery BR Rail Blue and Pearl Grey
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes Withdrawn 1972 as E1211E: the last wooden-bodied Sleeper in service in UK. Gresley heavyweight bogies. Under green sheet. Varnished timberwork in poor condition - varnish coming off. Some recent attention when seen 9/03. By 01/15: transferred to Bo'ness by 01/15 for restoration and inclusion in the Museum of Scottish Railways. By 08/17: exterior largely rebuilt and painted in BR Rail Blue and Pearl Grey livery, as withdrawn: one side to complete but well advanced, other side as in attached photo.
Owner Boness
External Structural Condition Fair
Underframe Condition Satisfactory
External Finish Poor and Incomplete
Degree of External Originality Some replaced/reproduced material
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Good
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Good
Rarity Unique
Historical Importance of some Importance
Storage Secure Building
Operating No
Survey Date 06/06/1998
Surveyor Kevin McCallum
Photo Date 17/08/2017
Photo by Alastair McPhee
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 26/08/2017

Keith Holyland 01/05/2014. Another view.
Keith Holyland 01/05/2014. Another view.

Steve West 30/05/2016: another view of earlier condition
Steve West 30/05/2016: another view of earlier condition






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