BR 1697 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished) built 1961

BR 1697 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished) built 1961

BR 1697 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished) built 1961
BR 1697 Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (Refurbished) built 1961

 

Present Location South Devon
County Location Devon
Designed For BR
Built by Pressed Steel
Diagram number 24
Lot number 30628
Type RBR
First Number 1697
Later Numbers E1697 NE1697
Present Number None
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes Was the catering coach of the 1977 ECML "Silver Jubilee" train - the last Deltic-hauled named express to carry a regular headboard in BR service. Internally, the coach was refurbished and carried a display of photographs of the first 25 years of the Queen's reign. Purchased by Riviera Trains, stored at Crewe Carriage Shed. Then purchased by CAR Services (UK) 10/03 ex Old Oak Common. To Meldon Quarry for restoration and eventual lease to Dartmoor Railway. Then to private owner and to Llangollen 05/09 for continuing restoration. Has been converted to a full kitchen (no seating). No activity evident when seen 10/14 and 05/18 (at Carrog). 06/21: moved from Llangollen Railway to South Devon Railway.
Owner Private
External Structural Condition Good
Internal Structural Condition Fair
Underframe Condition Fair
External Finish Good
Internal Finish Fair
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 Good
Degree of Internal Authenticity Fair
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Good
Rarity Many
Historical Importance some Interest, Modest Consequence
Storage Secure Open
Operating No
Survey Date 20/10/2014
Surveyor David Wigley
Photo Date 17/06/2021
Photo by Tony Rispoli
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 17/06/2021

Tony Rispoli 17/06/2021: view from other end
Tony Rispoli 17/06/2021: view from other end

Tony Rispoli 17/06/2021
Tony Rispoli 17/06/2021

Steve West 18/05/2018: earlier view of other side
Steve West 18/05/2018: earlier view of other side


 

 

















 

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