Category:Coronation Scot nine-car train (Exley for Bassett-Lowke)

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Exhibit

Coronation Scot nine-car train (Exley for Bassett-Lowke)

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location:
Arch Three , Area 1
1930s Model Railway Layout
= Coronation Scot at Brighton Toy and Model Museum =
This exhibit was on display between November 2012 and early 2013
Gilbert Thomas inspects a somewhat shorter version of the train! This photo was regularly used in contemporary B-L advertising

Gilbert Thomas inspects a somewhat shorter version of the train! This photo was regularly used in contemporary B-L advertising [image info]

Bassett-Lowke "gauge 0" model railways catalogue from around 1937/38

Bassett-Lowke "gauge 0" model railways catalogue from around 1937/38 [image info]

A full nine-car Coronation Scot train, in gauge 0, around fourteen feet long, in blue with silver streamlining-stripes along the full length, with carriages built by Exley for Bassett-Lowke.

The train is to be unveiled to the public (and run on the Museum track) on Saturday 10th November 2012's "Coronation Scot"-themed Train Running Day.

The Bassett-Lowke locomotive (already on display) was built in the late 1930's making it very much contemporary with the actual train.

The full nine-car ~1937 Bassett-Lowke Coronation Scot train, with "Exley for Bassett-Lowke" coaches

Original Coronation Scot train, specifications

  • Coronation-Class streamlined locomotive and tender
  • Corridor First Class, Brake
57 feet - brake compartment, 18 seats, lavatory
  • Corridor First Class
57 feet - lavatory, 22 seats, lavatory
  • Vestibule First Class, Diner
65 feet - lavatory, 22 seats, lavatory
  • Kitchen Car
50 feet - lavatory, staff compartment, pantry, kitchen, pantry
  • Vestibule Third Class
57 feet - lavatory, 42 seats, lavatory
  • Vestibule Third Class
57 feet - lavatory, 42 seats, lavatory
  • Kitchen Car
50 feet - lavatory, staff compartment, pantry, kitchen, pantry
  • Vestibule Third Class
57 feet - lavatory, 42 seats, lavatory
  • Corridor Third Class, Brake
57 feet – 24 seats, lavatory, brake compartment

The mythical Ninth Carriage

The usual Bassett-Lowke version of the Coronation Scot only had only eight carriages, missing out the longer First Class Diner car that was present on the real train. The version that we'll be exhibiting in November is the full train, complete with the missing ninth carriage.

The lack of information on the existence of the longer ninth car suggests that it may have been designed some time after the other pieces were prototyped. If a ninth-car prototype had existed (along with its design plans) while B-L were still promoting the eight-car set, one might have expected to see it mentioned somewhere as a "prestige" special-order optional extra. We know that B-L produced at least one example of the ninth car (because we have it here in the Museum), but the lack of information about it suggests that it may have been produced on request too late for B-L to be able to capitalise on that design work by offering it as an option to other customers, which suggests a post-war date.

It might even be the only one of its kind. If any other examples of the ninth car were built, and survived, then we expect to hear about it during our Coronation Scot exhibition.