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Thompson all steel coaches

Postby D605Eagle » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:11 am

Anybody know when the last of the Thompson steel coaches were withdrawn from passenger stock?

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby Pennine MC » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:54 pm

1967 is the latest I've noted Jim, though they could have made it into '68:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidwf2009/5644044304/in/set-7215762642898

And that's just day coaches, obviously it excludes the vans and buffets that everybody will now instance...

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby D605Eagle » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:16 am

Pennine MC wrote:1967 is the latest I've noted Jim, though they could have made it into '68:

www.flickr.com/photos/davidwf2009/5644044304/in/set-7215762642898

And that's just day coaches, obviously it excludes the vans and buffets that everybody will now instance...

Thanks Ian. I take it by then there would have been just odd ones mixed up with other coaching stock?

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby Pennine MC » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:44 am

Pretty much, yeah. LNER gangways were compatible with Mk1 stock, so no problems there

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby D605Eagle » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:24 am

Thanks again Ian ;)

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Postby luckymucklebackit » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:56 pm

Thompsom buffets E1705 and E1706 lasted till 1978- after withdrawal were used at Penmanshiel as accommodation: https://flic.kr/p/e1mEDo

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby D605Eagle » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:34 am

Do you know what happened to them Jim?

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby luckymucklebackit » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:28 am

D605Eagle wrote:Do you know what happened to them Jim?


Yep - A quick Google found that they went into Departmental stock http://www.departmentals.com/photo/975881 975881/2 as CE Instruction coaches, it is thought that E1705E was scrapped but E1706E survived and has been restored at the Llangollen Railway.

http://www.llangollen-railway.org.uk/lnerveh.html

Scrolling down on this page it mentions Thompson LNER Brake Third (BTK) No 1866, which it reports survived in general service until 1975 before becoming the support coach for Blue Peter, the photo on the vintage carriages trust site suggest that it was painted in blue/grey livery

Found this document which also mentions surviving Thompson Coaches

https://www.rcts.org.uk/features/preservedcoaches/Preserved%20Coaching%20Stock%20of%20British%20Railways%20-%20Part%20Two%20-%20Jan%202015.pdf

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Re: Thompson all steel coaches

Postby D605Eagle » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:03 pm

Thank you for all the info guys, that's really great. I didn't realise how few had survived. I've only ever seen the one at Bo'ness which at the time had just been restored into post war painted teak finish.


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