Great Western Railway Churchward Coaches

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Churchward's early coaches are a mixture of experimentation and perpetuating previous designs but with a small 'improvement'. His first experiment was to increase the length of a Dean clerestory coach; D39 was really a Dean D30 stretched from 56' to 68' long. On the other hand, Churchward changed the roof a C23 to a high elliptical roof and produced his C25 diagram. He then took it one step further by combining the increase in length with the new roof and produced E78 composites. None of the designs though in creased the width to 9' which became Churchward's standard width for most of his designs.

Diagram Dimensions
Length x Width
Wheelbase

Numbers
Conversions
C25

10 compartment third

58' x 8'6

50'6 wheelbase

20 built in 1905 in 2 lots

1029 to 1032, 1034 to 1039

1040 to 1042, 1044 to 1047, 1050 to 1052

All condemned between 1947 and 1959
D39

4 compartment brake third
with 1 lavatory

corridor

68' x 8'6

10' American bogies

61' wheelbase

Later fitted with 9' American bogies

Lewis: CEE7W

1 built in 1902 2400
JN Slinn collection

Guards lookouts removed in 1921

1950 - 2400

E78

8 compartment brake composite
2 first class, 2 second class and 4 third class compartments
with 3 lavatories

corridor

69' x 8'6

62'6 wheelbase

10 built in 1905 (7)645 to (7)654
E117, © Photomatic
1953 - 7646, 7653

1954 - 7648

1955 - 7650, 7654

1956 - 7647, 7651

Guards lookouts removed became E117

1953 - 7645

1955 - 7649, 7652

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