‘Chatham’ coach regains Worth Valley opening day livery

THE Vintage Carriages Trust has unveiled a restored coach which featured in the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s opening train on June 29, 1968.

The ‘Chatham’ carriage was built in 1924 for the Southern Railway as No. 3554 but was little changed from earlier ‘matchboard’ carriages built for the SECR. It is one of only two surviving of this type and is now 94 years old.

The Vintage Carriages Trust’s 1924-build SR ‘Chatham’ coach as KWVR 1 in the same maroon livery as it carried on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s opening train in 1968. RODNEY TOWERS

Unveiled at the trust’s Chairman’s Day at Ingrow on June 9 in front of 60 members, it has been renamed KWVR 1.

It will now take part in the re-enactment of the opening train on Friday, June 29, carrying the same number and maroon livery as it did 50 years ago.

The KWR’s 50th anniversary celebrations run from June 24 until July 1.

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