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Passenger Carrying Coaches

Maunsell Restaurant Cars

As modelled by Hornby

 

New from Eastleigh 13th July 1927 Restaurant Car 7861, repainted Lancing Works 6th June 1928 thence again outshopped Lancing Works 24th January 1936 following modifications with recessed double doors.

During WW2 7861 was converted to Ambulance Coach 3711 (Ambulance Train 37) 14th March 1944. Following a further visit to Lancing Works it was returned to traffic 22nd May 1946 in Malachite-livery before outshopping CLC-livery 17th February 1955.

During the Western Section 13th June 1955 CWN period its ‘trailer’ was unspecified.

Diag. 2651 car no. S7861S was repainted from CLC-livery to BR(SR) Green-livery on 7th November 1957. It was sent for scrap at Newhaven on 31st May 1961.

Hornby Catalogue no. R4817

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Diag.2651 Restaurant Cars

In 2018 Hornby released BR(S) Green-livery Diag.2651 Restaurant Cars S7861S (R4817) and S7858S (R4817A) in with post-1935 /1936 modifications with the recessed double doors and after outshopping from CLC to BR(S) Green (S7861S was released from Lancing on 20th December 1956).

 

 

 

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New Eastleigh 22nd June 1934 Restaurant Car 7998 received an Olive-livery repaint 27th April 1939 thence Malachite-livery 30th January 1947. Diag.2655 car S7998S was outshopped CLC-livery 16th March 1956 (E4) and received BR(S) Green-livery during an A2 (plus damage repair) 11th November 1957.

S7998S was in 10-set 273 18th June 1951. During the Western Section 13th June 1955 CWN period its ‘trailer’ was unspecified.

S7998S was found on hand at Clapham Jct. 1st March 1961 with cooking stove broken in several places and displaced. End vestibule standing pillar displaced, End vestibule ceiling ply broken and roof framing suspected fracture. Saloon cross seats – legs adrift. Damage repaired Lancing 6th June 1961. Car withdrawn 1st December 1961.

Hornby Catalogue no. R40029.

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Diag.2655 /2656 Restaurant Cars

In 2018 Hornby released Diag.2656 no.7869 (R4816) and no.7865 (R4816A) in unlined Olive-livery with sunshine lettering (believed correct for the 1940s-on and how the later 1934-built cars were introduced). Whilst the dates for 7865 & 7869 are currently unknown, 7868 was repainted Lancing 23rd April 1940.

There were a number of minor bodyside differences between the six cars built by the Southern and the further twenty cars built in 1929 and 1930.  The Diag.2656 1932-built cars were (with the exception of cooking apparatus) similar in body style to the Diag.2650 1934-built cars.

In May 2022 Hornby further released Maunsell Restaurant Cars in the form of Kitchen / Dining First S7998S (Diag.2655 R40029) and S7955 (Diag.2656 R40029A) in CLC-livery. These could be paired with a Maunsell Diag.2005 Open Third – Hornby previously produced Diag.2005 CLC-liveried S1346S (R4835).

 

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Diag.2656 Restaurant Car S7955S in CLC-livery.

It was outshopped BR(S) Green-livery 25th April 1958.

Hornby Catalogue no. R40029A. Sadly, the CM&EE record card for S7955S is missing

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Diag.2005 Second Open S1338S (‘Loose’). Outshopped CLC-livery 21st June 1955 it is believed to have been repainted BR(S) Green-livery 22nd August 1957 thence into Lancing Works 6th July 1959 for conversion into Pull Push set 600.

This is Hornby’s second model of S1338S for it also appeared in modified form as part of Pull-Push set 600 (R3087).

Hornby Catalogue no. R40101

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Diag.2005 Open Thirds

These restaurant cars were often paired with an Open Third (designated Open Second after 3rd June 1956) to provide additional dining space. For example 7946 (Diag.2651) was recorded being paired with TO 1447 (Diag.2007) on 18th June 1951 and 13th June 1955.

Hornby produced Diag.2005 Maunsell open third coaches S1314S (R4538), S1327S (R4538A) & S1338 (R40101) in BR(S) green along with S1364S (R4535) in CLC. In addition, number 1300 (R4537) was produced in Southern Maunsell green.

Hornby also produced a number of Open Seconds in their modified form within Pull-Push sets.

 

 

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Converted from Open Third 1365 in June 1947, S7841S was outshopped CLC-livery 15th May 1956 thence BR(S) Green-livery believed outshopped 11th November 1957. It was withdrawn in September 1961.

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Diag.2658 Third / Composite Dining Saloons

Six Diag.2652 Dining Saloon Thirds were built in 1927 and paired with 1927-built Diag.2651 Maunsell Kitchen / Dining Firsts 7858 to 7863.

In 1930 these were reclassed as Open Thirds and renumbered in the range 1363 to 1368; in May 2022 Hornby released 1363 (R40030) and 1366 (R40030A). During WW2 all bar 1367 were converted for Ambulance train use.

In June /July 1947 four of these reclassified Open Thirds (1365 to 1368) were converted to Diag.2658 Third / Composite Dining Saloons branded as ‘Restaurant Car’ and numbered 7841 to 7844; in May 2022 Hornby released S7841S (R40031) and S7843S (R40031A) in BR(S) Green-livery.

In service the Diag.2658 Third / Composite Dining Saloons (7841 to 7844) were paired with Diag.2659 Kitchen /Buffet cars (7864, 7865, 7867 & 7999); these having been converted in 1947 from Diag.2656 Kitchen /Dining First cars.

Diag.2662 Open Firsts

The other two reclassified Open Thirds (1363 & 1364) were converted to Diag.2662 Open Firsts (latterly Unclassified) 7846 & 7847 in December 1947 and paired with 1947-converted Diag.2661 (ex.Diag.2655) Kitchen /Buffet cars 7878 & 7969 for ‘Night Ferry’ services. After receiving CLC-livery thence BR(S) Green-livery both 7846 & 7847 were withdrawn on 29th December 1962.

 

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Converted from Open Third 1367 in June 1947, S7843S did not to receive CLC-livery and was withdrawn December 1961 in BR(S) Green-livery (having been outshopped E4 on 9th November 1956).

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CLC-liveried Diag.2655 Restaurant Car no.S7933S on 28th October 1955.

New from Eastleigh 2nd June 1934 it was outshopped post-War Malachite livery8th October 1945 thence Crimson Lake & Cream livery on 17th December 1954. Believed BR Green livery 12th March 1957 and withdrawn 1st December 1962.

Coupled to Green-liveried S7931S (outshopped CLC livery 2nd March 1956).

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Surviving Maunsell Kitchen Buffets

Today just one Maunsell Kitchen Buffet car survives in the form of no.7864 (Diag.2659, built 1932 at Eastleigh - E635, converted from Diag.2556 in 1947) which is currently undergoing restoration into traffic at the Bluebell Railway.  Withdrawn by British Rail 27th January 1962, it is understood this vehicle arrived at the Bluebell Railway on or just before 18th March 1962.

 

 

 

Further Reading

For further reading on these coaches Blood and Custard recommends:

An illustrated history of Southern Coaches

Mike King

OPC

ISBN 0 86093 570 1

Maunsell’s SR Steam Passenger stock 1923 to 1939

David Gould

The Oakwood Press

ISBN 0 85361 4016

Lancing 1956

Glen Woods

St Petroc InfoPublishing

ISBN 9 780956 765529