Great Western Railway Dean Era Coaches

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Diagram Dimensions
Length x Width
Wheelbase
Lewis Class. No. Built Numbers
Conversions and Condemned Dates
K1 and K32

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

Built with 7' rigid 'bogies', later converted to 6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LA9B then LE9CN 6 built in 1882 Broad Gauge 137 to 142

Standard Gauge 881 to 886


JN Slinn collection
1930 - 882

1931 - 885


JN Slinn collection
Guards duckets removed became K32, the K32 diagram still shows the old bogies which definitely been changed to Dean 6'4 bogies.

1930 - 884

1931 - 881

1932 - 883

K2 and K28

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LA9N 6 built in 1883

6 built in 1884

10 built in 1884

Broad Gauge 146 to 151
Standard Gauge 887 to 892

 

633 to 638

 

Broad Gauge 156 to 165
Standard Gauge 893 to 902


R Spratt collection
1911 - 888

1929 - 636, 637, 902

1930 - 633, 638, 889, 894, 897, 904, 912

1931 - 635, 890, 893, 895, 898, 901, 909

1932 - 634, 887, 892, 900, 906 to 908

1934 - 891, 910

1938 - 905

Guards duckets removed became K28

1929 - 896

1932 - 899

1934 - 903

1935 - 911

LA12N 4 built in 1886 Broad Gauge 174 to 176, 181
Standard Gauge 905 to 907, 912

© Robert Brookman
LE12N 6 built in 1886 Broad Gauge 172, 173, 177 to 180
Standard Gauge 903, 904, 908 to 911

JN Slinn collection
K3

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LA9N 1 rebuilt from K2 in 1902 897 1930 - 897
K4

Passenger Brake Van

 

K30

Passenger Brake Van (Lookouts removed)

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 20 built in 1887

10 built in 1889

35 built in 1889

5 built in 1890

50 built in 1890

4 built in 1893

671 to 690

Broad Gauge 188 to 197
Standard Gauge 913 to 922

747 to 781

Broad Gauge 206 to 210
Standard Gauge 923 to 927

1001 to 1050

1058 to 1061


© Robert Brookman


© Robert Brookman


JN Slinn collection

749 converted to Stores Van, K33, by fitting a lavatory and removing the lookouts.

754, 757, 924 & 1020 to Hotels Dept Vans.

777 converted to Stores Van, Q16, number 58126.

916 converted to Parcels Van, L5, by removing the internal partitions and lookouts.

1014 converted to Stores Van, Q17, number 58127.

1019 converted to Newspaper Van, M5, from 1907 & to 1909

1023 converted to Newspaper Van, M6, from 1907 & to 1909

1047 converted to Newspaper Van, M4, in 1898 and renumbered 867. Both double doors and the guards door & lookout were replaced with internal sliding doors.

1068 converted to Lamp Van and later to Stores Van, Q18, number 58128.

K5

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'6

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7W 1 built in 1892 1051
JN Slinn collection - K5 as built in 1892


JN Slinn collection - K5 as later modified in 1915

1933
K6

Passenger Brake Van

Guard's duckets removed

48' x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

38' wheelbase

LE7N Converted from K7 1054 & 1055
JN Slinn collection
K7

Passenger Brake Van

6 built in 1892 1052 to 1057
© David Geen

Built without gangways as in the photo. By the time the diagrams were set up they had all had gangways fitted.


JN Slinn collection

Guard's duckets removed: K6

Fitted with shelves for parcels and gangways removed: K8

K8

Parcels Brake Van

Converted from K7
JN Slinn collection
K9

Passenger Brake Van

Ocean Mails

48' x 8'6

8'6 Dean bogies

40' wheelbase

CEE7W 2 built in 1896 1062 & 1063
JN Slinn collection
Ocean Special. When built these were formed into 2 8 coach sets along with A3 - 2 off, C12, C13 - 2 off, E46 & K10
K10

Passenger Brake Van

Ocean Mails

48' x 8'6

8'6 Dean bogies

40' wheelbase

CEE7W 2 built in 1896 1064 & 1065
JN Slinn collection


© GWR TPO 1905 train

originally the small mail compartment had a side mail gangway as in the photo

Ocean Special. When built these were formed into 2 8 coach sets along with A3 - 2 off, C12, C13 - 2 off, E46 & K9
K11

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N 3 built in 1896 1066 to 1068
JN Slinn collection
K12 and K13

Royal Train Passenger Brake Van

56' x 8'6

10' Dean bogies

48' wheelbase

Royal Clerestory 2 built in 1897 1069 & 1070
JN Slinn collection


© Jim Russell


© GWR


© GWR


JN Slinn collection

K12 and K13 are mirror image of each other.

Originally fitted with gangways at the train end only, these were later removed.

1069 to Stores Van Q19

K14

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N 20 built in 1897

20 built in 1898 in 2 batches

1071 to 1090

639/40, 928 to 935

631/2, 936/7 to 943


K14, no. 933 @ Didcot in 2011, © Pete Speller
936 to Tool Van 102

K26, © Jim Russell
Guards's duckets removed became K25:

1082 later converted to Pilot Van 136

K15

Passenger Brake Van with gangways

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N 10 built in 1898

10 built in 1902 in 2 batches

4 built in 1903

5 built in 1904

1091 to 1100

1111 to 1114

1115 to 1120

1121 to 1124

221 to 225

226 to 229


© Robert Brookman


© GWR - 1097 in 1900

231 converted to Sleet-Cutter Van: K31

Guard's duckets removed became K29:

221 to 224, 226 to 228, 233 to 235, 237, 238, 240 to 246, 1092, 1094, 1097, 1100, 1111, 1113, 1116, 1118, 1123, 1124

228 was later converted to Pilot Van 51

242 later converted to Mess & Tool Van 85

1113 later converted to No.2 Electric Generating Van M32 in 1945

40' x 8'

8' Volute bogies

31'6 wheelbase

10 built in 1904 231 to 236
40' x 8'

8'6 American bogies

32' wheelbase

10 built in 1906 237 to 246  

© Jim Russell - by the time this photo was take (mid 1950s) the gangways and duckets have been removed
K16

Passenger Brake Van

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N 10 built in 1899

10 built in 1902

10 built in 1903

1101 to 1110

201 to 210

211 to 220


JN Slinn collection
216 to Tool Van 86
Guards's duckets removed became K26:

209, 211, 214, 1105

K17

Postal Brake Van

54' x 8'6

10' Dean bogies

46' wheelbase

CEE7W 4 built in 1903 1125 to 1128
© Jim Russell


© Robert Brookman

K31

Sleet-Cutter Van

Guard's duckets removed

40' x 8'

8'6 American bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N Converted from K15 in 1920 231
© GWR


© HMRS

L1

Broad Gauge Post Office Van

46'6 x 8'6

34' wheelbase

CAA12W 3 built in 1883 143 to 145
Broad Gauge

847 to 849
Standard Gauge

All 3 converted to Parcels Van M24 in 1930
L7

Parcels Van

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 6 built in 1889

2 built in 1889

782 to 787

Broad Gauge 204 and 205
Standard Gauge 788 and 789


JN Slinn collection

Ends were plain, later they had a side gangway fitted at one end (782/5/6 both ends)

L12

Parcels Van

48'6 x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

38' wheelbase

CEE7N
clerestory has entirely glass panels
1 built in 1894 2083
© GWR
M1

Newspaper Van

46'6 x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

36' wheelbase

LA9N 3 built in 1886 Broad Gauge 169 to 171

Standard Gauge 856 to 858


JN Slinn collection
169, 170, 191, - 1932
M2

Foreign Mails Van

Reclassified as Newspaper & Parcels van

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 2 built in 1888 Broad Gauge 186 and 187

Standard Gauge 854 and 855


JN Slinn collection


Side postal gangways were added at both ends

855 - 1932

854 - 1933

M3

Newspaper Van

46'6 x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

36' wheelbase

LA9N 1 built in 1889 866
JN Slinn collection
866 - 1930
M4

Newspaper Van

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 1 converted from K4 in 1898 867
JN Slinn collection
867 - 1931
M5

Newspaper Van

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 1 converted from K4 in 1907 1019 Converted back to K4 in 1909
M6

Newspaper Van

40' x 8'

6'6 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7N 1 converted from K4 in 1907 1023 Converted back to K4 in 1909
M7

Newspaper Sorting Van

46'6 x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

38'6 wheelbase

LE7N 2 built in 1900

4 built in 1902

868 & 869

870 to 873


© GWR


JN Slinn collection

868 - 1932

870 - 1940

869, 872 - 1946

873 - 1947

871 - 1948

Diagrams M8 to M15 includsive were Churchward diagrams
M16

Bullion Van

36' x 8'

29' wheelbase

2 built in 1903 791 & 792 791 written 'Return to Plymouth'

791 - 1946

792 - 1960

792 stored until 1961 and then converted to 064690

M17

Bullion Van

36' x 8'

9' American bogies

33' wheelbase

2 built in 1908

1 built in 1913

819 & 820

878


M17 No.878, R.Spratt collection
819 & 820 written 'Return to Plymouth',
819 changed to 'Return to Paddington' 1938
878 written 'Return to Paddington'

878 - 1959

819, 820 - 1967

M18 and Q20

Dynomometer Car

One Machine Compt,
One Working Compt,
One Lavatory

45' (46'8 over roof) x 8'6

10' Dean bogies

39'3 wheelbase

Royal Clerestory

except for the Bay Window in the middle

1 built in 1901 790
Q20, No.7 Swindon 1964, R.Spratt collection


Q20, No.7 © Photomatic

Renumbered 7 with the Pilot Vans in 1921

Preserved at Dart Valley Railway

M19

Parcels Van

46'6 x 9'

38'6 wheelbase

1 converted in 1920 from J2 1208 1208 - 1931
M20

Parcels Van

50' x 9'(over bay windows),
8'6 (over doors and ends)

6'4 Dean bogies

39'6 wheelbase

Bay Window 1 converted in 1920 from J3 1209 1209 - 1933
M21

Parcels Van

46'6 x 9'

38'6 wheelbase

1 converted in 1921 from J2 1207 1207 - 1931
Diagrams M22 and M23 were Churchward diagrams
M24

Parcels Van

46'6 x 8'6

34' wheelbase

CAA12W 3 converted from L1 in 1930 847 to 849 847 to 849 - 1931
M25

Parcels Van

52' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

44' wheelbase

LE7N 1 converted in 1940 from D65 2076 2076 - 1945
M26

Parcels Van

50' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

42' wheelbase

LE7N 1 converted in 1941 from E50 6718 6718 - 1945
M27

Parcels Van with 2 large compartments

40' x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

CAE7N 1 converted in 1940 from C4 1815 1815 - 1944
M28

Parcels Van

46' x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

CAE7N 1 converted ca.1940 from C3a 1767
© GWR - 3067
3005 - 1943

1767, 2945 - 1945

2925, 2931, 3067 - 1946

1305, 3131 - 1947

46'6 x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

38'6 wheelbase

CEE7N 5 converted ca.1940 from C10 2925, 2931, 2945, 3005, 3067 & 3131
46'6 x 8'6

8'6 Dean bogies

38'6 wheelbase

CEE7W 1 converted in 1940 from C22 1305
M29

Parcels Van

50' x 8'6

42' wheelbase

CEE7W 1 converted in 1941 from D21 3399 3399 - 1946
M30

Parcels Van

50' x 8'6

42' wheelbase

CEE7W 1 converted in 1940 from D38 3436 3436 - 1947
M31

Parcels Van

50' x 8'6

10' Dean bogies

42' wheelbase

CEE7W 1 converted in 1941 from C19 1333 1333 - 1947
M32

No.2 Electric Generating Van

40' x 8'

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

CAE7N 1 converted in 1945 from K29 1113 Converted to Q14
Q9

Inspection Saloon
Oswestry

4 wheels

31' x 8'

19'

LE7N Converted from G20 in 1936 80943 later renumbered 14640 - both numbers in the Wagon Series of numbers
9339, sister to 9340 that was converted Inspection Saloon
Fitted with electric lights


JN Slinn collection

Cond. by May 1948
Q10

Inspection Coach

4 wheels

31' x 8'

18

LE7N Converted from 80975 between 1939 and 1949. 14642
©R Spratt collection, 9315 before conversion
Condemned by 20/8/1949
Q14

Diesel Generator Van

40' x 8'

8'6 Dean bogies

32' wheelbase

LE7N Converted from M32 2 - in the Wagon series of numbers
© JN Slinn @ Newcastle


© Dave Harvey - Parcels Train @ Oxford in 1964

Q16

Stores Van

40' x 8'6

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7W Converted from K4 777 later renumbered 58126 - in the Wagon series of numbers
© Jim Russell
Q18

Lamp Van

then

Stores Van

40' x 8'6

6'4 Dean bogies

29'6 wheelbase

LE7W Converted from K4 1068 later renumbered 58128 - in the Wagon series of numbers
© Jim Russell
Q19

Stores Van

56' x 8'6

10' Dean bogies

48' wheelbase

Royal Clerestory Converted from K12 1069 later renumbered 58129 - in the Wagon series of numbers
© Jim Russell


© Jim Russell

Stores Van No.2 - West of England
1946/7 route - Monday: Swindon, Didcot, Reading, Slough, Paddington (Old Oak Common overnight).
Tuesday: Paddington, Plymouth, Penzance, Truro.
Wednesday: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton.
Thursday: Taunton, Weston-super-Mare, Yatton, Bristol, Westbury, Weymouth.
Friday: Weymouth, Westbury, Chippenham, Swindon.
Saturday: Loading at Swindon.

1954 route - Monday: Loading at Swindon.
Tuesday: Depart Swindon, Taunton, Barnstaple Junction, Exeter St Davids, Newton Abbot.
Wednesday: Newton Abbot, Plymouth North Road, Penzance.
Thursday: Penzance, Bodmin Road, Wadebridge, Okehampton, Exeter St Davids, Taunton.
Friday: Taunton, Bristol TM, Bath Spa, Arrive Swindon.

Condemned January 1955

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