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60ft gangwayed matchboard stock

Robinson's matchboard style emerged in 1910 with his open "Barnum" carriages (see separate topic). Corridor stock followed in 1911. Here are some useful pictures beginning with original prints taken at Dukinfield.

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A 60ft restaurant composite No 707 built in 1911 captured at Dukinfield in slightly used condition. It's a complicated design with a 1st class open saloon for 12 passengers at the far end, and at this end, two 3rd class compartments into which tables were slid between the seats when required. It was a pretty modest restaurant car and the whole batch was converted in 1935 to kitchen cars (Code 5168). Photo: Gorton negative, Doncaster Dwg Office, author's collection.

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A 60ft composite No 34 from the same year with a generous number of 1st class seats as CK(4,3). Photo: Gorton negative, Doncaster Dwg Office, author's collection.

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A marvellous publicity picture of a Manchester-Marylebone train built in 1911, a 4-set with a BCK roof-boarded for Bradford-Huddersfield-Sheffield-Nottingham-Leicester-Marylebone which would in service, have been transferred at Sheffield. The loco in the distance appears to be 8F 4-6-0 No 1097 Immingham. The formation is:

BTK, CK, RC, BTK / BCK

in which the restaurant car is No 707, same as the portrait above, and it is not supported by a 3rd class dining car. Perhaps one was not available when the picture was taken? The BCK is No 54. All the lettering and numbering on these carriages was by brass castings and very elegant. Photo: negative Gorton Dwg Office, LNER Press Relations Office, author's collection.

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The brake composite

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The Diagram for the BCK in the photo above, to LNER Code No 5163. The GCR running numbers were:
14, 16, 54, 63, 105, 110, 126, 129, 846 (=9).

With prefix "5" added by the LNER. Note how, unlike LNER practice, guard's duckets were fitted on both sides. Two were dual braked of which No 105 was transferred to the NE Area on 10-12-33. These were long lived carriages and No 514 was recorded as having had its height checked by BR on 3-2-53. Redrawn from scan by Rupert Brown, author's collection.

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A scene from 1925 near Rugby with D10 "Director" No 5435 Sir Clement Royds and a Marylebone express. The BCK behind the tender is the same type as described above and is carrying the same roof boards for Bradford and Huddersfield as the publicity picture above. Author's collection.

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Clear pictures of carriages in trains are rare and it's a shame that this view has been cropped at both edges. Sometime in the 1920s B3 No 6165 Valour is at Nottingham Victoria with an Up express when the formations were still made up with Robinson matchboard stock. Behind the tender is a 1st/3rd brake composite looking quite superb. Lens of Sutton.

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A close-up of the BCK. The LNER livery is being carried with the number 110 changed to 5110. There's a sub-section about this type and a model lower down.

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Another matchboard BCK, this time at the head of the 2.20pm Manchester-Marylebone as it sets off from Sheffield Victoria on 14th September 1929 behind D10 No 5437 Prince George.

The main formation has been modernised with Gresley carriages but for the through coach from Barnsley behind the tender, a matchboard BCK was still being provided. A marvellous example of real life provision of carriages and that change came slowly. It's possible that the picture above with Valour at Nottingham Vic also captured the 2.20pm from Manchester and the same matchboard BCK. Photo: W.L. Good.

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New addition - A marvellous picture which I have repaired and described, leaving the photographer's tilt because correcting it would lose detail and ambience.

D9 4-4-0 No 5112 (SHE) stands at Hull Paragon in the early- to mid-1930s.with the "Barry" through portion of the "Ports to Ports" express. It's the same type of matchboard BCK as described above, strengthened by a Gresley 61'6" TK. The working is described in the book under "Cross Country Expresses, The "Ports to Ports", pp.99-103. Photo: L.R. Peters collection.

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An unknown example of the same Diagram of BCK was captured still in varnished teak livery at Banbury General c.1950.

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Another example, No E563E in BR carmine & cream livery in the mid-1950s, over forty years old and still in good shape.

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A model based on the Jidenco/Falcon Brass kit which I'll run as a separate topic later, along with some detail photographs of the 60ft underframe on an example that lasted long enough to be preserved.

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To be continued...

GCR carriages - 50ft London Suburban: are here.

GCR Barnum carriages: are here.

GCR London Extension - expresses: are here.

Modelling GCR clerestories: is here.

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