BRITISH RAILWAYS 1920 - 1970
G.W.R. COACH NUMBERING (revised Jan 2013)
The G.W.R. originally numbered its coaches in separate series. In 1907 the passenger stock were renumbered as follows:
Third class: as before
Second class (abolished 1910): with the addition of 5000.
First class: with the addition of 8000.
Saloons were renumbered in four series: 9000+, 9100+, etc.
Sleepers were renumbered in the 9000 series.
Diners were renumbered in the 9500 series.
Saloon auto-trailers and passenger brake vans were each numbered in separate series, the latter with parcels and other special vans.
A number of third class ‘Toplight’ coaches were sold to the Government in 1917-8 to be converted into ambulance cars. Most of these were repurchased and renovated to their original state from 1920, some without toplights. In 1922 numbers were allotted to the stock to be absorbed from other companies in the Grouping. These two groups of stock are shown in the second column below.
The saloon auto-trailers were numbered 1-256 of which 99-140, 146-158, 181-6 and 197-219 were converted G.W.R. steam rail motors. Number 141 was a Cambrian Railways trailer and numbers 142-5 were Cardiff Railway stock. Numbers 220-244 were B.R.-built while 245-256 were converted by B.R. from brake third stock. A few G,W.R. non-saloon auto-trailers were numbered in the main coach list.
SUMMARY OF G.W.R. PASSENGER STOCK 1890-1954
Stock in italics were 4- (or 6)-wheeled.
K indicates all corridor stock; k indicates some corridor stock within the given numerical range.
Scattered numbers are indicated by - -
This is a composite list and does not show renumbering except in the case of the corridor articulated (artic) stock shown at the end*.
Generally the first
column shows the last numbers carried. Note that it
does not show a large number of pre-existing stock.
Note that it does not show a large number of pre-existing stock.
The second column shows the numbers allotted but not necessarily carried.
The third column does not show minor renumbering or conversions.
It will be noted that the 6000 series (composite coaches) lacks any systematic ordering of coach types.
For detailed information, please consult the works of M Harris (G.W.R.) and E R Mountford (absorbed stock).
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