9113Built: 1932Collett Super Saloon “Prince of Wales”

Diagram G.61, Lot No. 1471

9113 - 3rd April 2005

This coach is one of eight Super Saloons built by the GWR to run between Paddington and Plymouth in connection with the transatlantic liner services. As was fitting for coaches used for such prestigious trains all were named after members of the Royal Family. When Southampton became the major transatlantic port, boat trains to Plymouth declined. As a result the saloons had to be found alternative work befitting their status and were often seen on special trains from Paddington to Newbury Racecourse in connection with race days as well as being used by private parties.

Three of these coaches were preserved by the GWS in 1967 and subsequently moved to Didcot in 1976.

9113 is the third of eight built, and the first of the series to be fitted out by Swindon's Saloon Gang. Internally it is finished in French polished dark English walnut, with gold-leaf hairlines outlining the panelling. Structurally quite sound it is currently being substantially rebuilt so that it can be returned to service. To date the timber framework has been repaired and the vehicle has been completely repanelled. Current work is to refit the windows after which work will commence on returning the interior to as new condition.

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