LNER 51769 Gresley Buffet Car built 1937

LNER 51769 Gresley Buffet Car built 1937

LNER 51769 Gresley Buffet Car built 1937
LNER 51769 Gresley Buffet Car built 1937

 

Present Location North Norfolk
County Location Norfolk
Designed For LNER
Build Location York
Diagram number 167
Lot number 761
Type RB
First Number 51769
Later Numbers 9128 (post-war numbering scheme)
Present Number E9128E
Current Livery BR Crimson Lake and Cream
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes Only Buffet Car built for the Great Central section of the LNER (indicated by 5 prefix): built specifically for Manchester-Sheffield-Cleethorpes services. In the late 1950's E9128E was rebuilt by BR to internally match the more modern Mk1 stock, with Formica walls, blanked off windows, lowered ceilings and enclosed bar counters. In late 1960's it was one of only a handful of pre-nationalisation carriages repainted from BR Maroon to BR Rail Blue and Pearl Grey livery, its final colour scheme. One of very last pre-nationalisation carriages in service, regularly used on Cambridge Buffet Expresses and the Harwich Boat Trains to/from Manchester, as well as excursion work in 1970s. W and P 1977 by M&GNJRPS, partially restored at Norwich Victoria till 1979. Further restoration work carried out externally by 1982 and internally 1982-87. After 16 years in service, was expected to be withdrawn for thorough refurbishment during 2004. This was somewhat delayed - but work in progress Spring 2006. Was varnished teak, but crimson lake and cream after a refresh by 07/11. 12/18: back into traffic after further restoration.
Owner Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society
External Structural Condition Very Good
Internal Structural Condition Very Good
Underframe Condition Very Good
External Finish Very Good
Internal Finish Very Good
Degree of External Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of Internal Originality Some replaced/reproduced material
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Very Good
Degree of Internal Authenticity Very Good
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Very Good
Rarity Several
Historical Importance of some Importance
Storage Secure Open
Operating Yes
Survey Date 12/08/1999
Surveyor Mike Stanbury
Photo Date 06/08/2019
Photo by Paul Abell
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 13/09/2019

Paul Abell 06/08/2019: view from other end
Paul Abell 06/08/2019: view from other end

Ken Hartley 01/08/2017: earlier view of other side
Ken Hartley 01/08/2017: earlier view of other side


 

 

















 

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