OLD GENTLEMAN’S SALOON
This coach was built for party travel in 1871 by the Stockton & Darlington Railway as a six wheeled 3rd class saloon with clerestory roof. After being taken into North Eastern Railway stock in 1876 and numbered 1661, it was converted to an inspection saloon for the use of the Locomotive Superintendent at Gateshead Locomotive Works. It was normally hauled by the locomotive “Aerolite” (this locomotive has also been preserved and can be seen at the National Railway Museum.)
In 1904 the coach was lengthened by 10 feet with an adjoining small attendants / kitchen compartment added to the end and placed on a new bogie frame, becoming the the personal saloon of the North Eastern Railway’s Locomotive Superintendent, Wilson Worsdell.
The photographs below show the coach as rebuilt with smaller rounded windows than those present today and long bench seats, not evident in its present guise.
In 1934 the coach was rebuilt again by the London & North Eastern Railway with larger end observation and side widows. This is the form in which the coach is seen today with the main saloon seating 15 passengers, mostly on individual chairs.
The coach was withdrawn from traffic in 1969 and was purchased for preservation by Society Member, John Dawson. The coach found fame as the “Old Gentleman’s” carriage in the 1970 EMI feature film “The Railway Children” In the 1990s ownership of the coach passed to Chris Lawson who paid for the carriage to be externally restored to its LNER condition by British Rail Engineering Ltd at York.
During the following years the coach, due to its age, was used sparingly on the KWVR, being used mainly for private parties and on vintage train days when, occasionally, cream teas were served.
Latterly the coach has been reunited with story of the “The Railway Children”, taking on its role as the “Old Gentleman’s Saloon” to both the Waterloo Station and Kings Cross productions of the story in London.
PRICES START FROM £1,020
Bookings are charged per round trip plus any catering requirements requested. The minimum booking requirements include 2 round trips for £1,020.
- Each round trip lasts around 1hr 10mins
- £1,020 – two round trips
- £75 – for any additional round trips
- Limited availability due to operational factors
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