Wild Swan Books
Great Western CoachesOfficial Drawings No.3
Softback - 80 pages - £10.95Contents
- Toplight Single-Ended Slip
- GWR Slipping Practice
- 70ft Toplight Gangwayed Third
- Gangwayed Passenger Brake Van
- Gangwayed Third "Ex-Ambulance" Coach
- 1929 "Riviera" Corridor Third Class
- Collett 9ft Wide Large Window Brake Third
- Collett 8ft 11in Large Window Third
This third volume of official drawings contains a series of drawings covering modern main line coaches of the Great Western Railway. "Modern" refers to coaches with high roofs, built in the 20th century and which lasted into British Railways days. Indeed, the final Hawksworth design covered here, although designed at Swindon while it was part of the GWR, did not appear until after nationalisation.
The aim of the selection is to show most main line styles, using drawings that, with care, might be used by modellers to adapt for other coaches in the same style, perhaps using more readily available coach diagrams obtainable from the National Railway Museum Library, York. There is also a small selection at the Public Record Office, Kew.
The book concentrates on gangwayed general purpose stock, so there are no truly specialist vehicles in this selection, such as restaurant cars and sleeping cars. However, also included are examples of the wide "Dreadnought" and 1929 "Riviera" coaches which were largely confined to the ex-broad gauge main lines, and an example of that GWR institution, a slip coach.