Restored original GCR coach on display

BEAUTIFULLY-restored Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway six-wheeled coach No. 946 was displayed to the public at a special open day at its Great Central Railway (Nottingham) restoration base on Sunday, September 17.

In pride of place at the heritage centre at Ruddington was the newly-rebuilt carriage which has been dedicated to those 225 troops of the Royal Scots Regiment who perished in a similar type of carriage in Britain’s worst-ever rail disaster at Quintinshill in 1915.

Last September, Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway six-wheeled coach No. 946 was given a run out behind Motor-Rail Simplex No. 2028 Morris, which carries the mock BR number 15099. The 0-4-0DM moved to the Chasewater Railway on February 1. GCR(N)

A draw was held for the first 20 seats being offered for the first VIP public outing in the coach next spring, running over the metals of the company that built it and later became the Great Central.

Visitors including members of the Great Central Railway Society were also able to see progress being made on the restoration of the GCR Rolling Stock Trust’s GCR ‘Barnum’ wooden-bodied coaches, including No. 228 which is at an advanced stage. They were also given an update on the progress of the MSLR 4-4-0 being recreated by the 567 Locomotive Group.

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