Great Western Railway Collett Coaches

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The 1936 Sunshine Stock appears to have inspired by the Centenary Stock in that they had very large observation windows on the corridor sides. So large that the waist of the coach was lower than on any other GWR design.   Each compartment had an equally tall window with sliding ventilators at the top.   As there were only 4 doors per coach, one at each end per side, the opportunity was taken to intersperse the corridor side windows with droplights, similar to the door droplight, but only taller to match the fixed windows.   The door droplights were aligned so that the top was level with the top of the main windows.   Initally the livery had to be altered because the windows were so deep.   The low waist resulted in there being an appreciable area of cream below the door droplights and toilet windows.   So the class designations and running numbers were put above the lining on the cream.   But when the Hawkesworth livery appeared the number and other writing was put between the two lines of lining.

After the first 4 designs (C70, D121, E151 & H53) were outshopped there followed a slight styling change.   The brake composites (E152) had the doors and windows aligned and could thus be painted in the standard livery.   A further styling change occurred and on the later designs not only were the droplights aligned, but compartment window bottoms were raised to align with the droplights.

Dimensions
Width over cornices 8' 11⅛
Width over body at waist 9'
Width over handles 9' 5⅛
Height to gutters 10' 6½
Height to top of roof 12' 5⅞
Height over ventilators 12' 11

Diagram Dimensions
Length x Width
Wheelbase

Numbers
Conversions
C70

8 compartment corridor third, 2 lavatories

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

28 built in 1936

40 built in 1936

4304 to 4331

4444 to 4483

All were condemned between 1963 and 1965.
D121

4 compartment corridor brake third, 1 lavatory

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

56 built in 1936 4066 to 4125
R Spratt Collection
All were condemned in 1963.
E151

7 compartment corridor composite, 2 lavatories

3 first class and 4 third class compartments

58'7

52'1 wheelbase
9' bogies

6 built in 1936

10 built in 1936

6853 to 6858

6606, 6607, 6611, 6612, 6614, 6617, 6618, 6620, 6622 & 6623

All were condemned between 1962 and 1965.
H53

3 compartment corridor buffet third, 1 lavatory

60'

53'6 wheelbase
9' bogies

2 built in 1937 9643 & 9644 Condemned in 1962.
E152

6 compartment corridor brake composite, 2 lavatories

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

20 built in 1936 6859 to 6862, 6925, 6932, 6940, 6965, 6967, 6971, 6973, 6981, 6982, 6985, 6988, 6991 to 6994, 6997
© R Spratt collection
All were condemned between 1963 and 1965.
A20

7 compartment corridor first, 1 lavatory

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

10 built in 1937 8043 to 8052 All were condemned in 1964/5.
C73

8 compartment corridor third, 2 lavatories

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

75 built in 1937 1442 to 1516 All were condemned between 1963 and 1965.
D124

4 compartment corridor brake third, 1 lavatory

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

43 built in 1937 1583 to 1603, 1605 to 26
D124 No. 1614 @ South Devon Railway 2009 © Geof Sheppard / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Compartment side. There has been an extra door added to the nearest compartment at some time. The later D127 all had this extra door.

All were condemned between 1963 and 1966.
E153

6 compartment corridor brake composite, 2 lavatories

60'11½

54'5¼ wheelbase
9'bogies

20 built in 1937 6378, 6379, 6384, 6385, 6397, 6400, 6406, 6407, 6466, 6467, 6472, 6473, 6474, 6484, 6486, 6489, 6490, 6496, 6499, 6529
© R Spratt collection
All were condemned in 1962/3.
E154

7 compartment corridor composite, 2 lavatories

3 first class and 4 third class compartments

58'7 x 9'

52'1 wheelbase
9' bogies

8 built in 1937 6001, 6002, 6004 to 7, 6010, 6036 All were condemned between 1962 and 1964.
E155

7 compartment corridor composite, 2 lavatories

4 first class and 3 third class compartments

59'10

53'4 wheelbase
9' bogies

18 built in 1937 6049, 6053, 6056, 6057, 6059, 6062, 6084, 6106, 6109 to 12, 6114, 6116, 6128, 6132, 6136, 6140 All were condemned between 1962 and 1965.

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