About

The Great Western built eight Super Saloons, or Ocean Liner Saloons, between 1931 and 1932 for use between London Paddington and Plymouth for the all important trans-Atlantic ocean liner traffic.

The coach has three internal saloons, one seating eight people around four tables; the second 16 people in a two plus one formation; and the third is an enclosed saloon, seating just four people.

Duchess of York arrived at Buckfastleigh in 1967 in company with 9111 King George. In the 1980s, she was transferred by her owners to the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where she was used on dining trains there. After those ceased, she was put up for sale and purchased by the South Devon Railway Trust and returned home to Buckfastleigh in 2004.

As well as our own 9111 King George and 9116 Duchess of York, three further Super Saloons survived into preservation: 9112 Queen Mary, 9113 Prince of Wales and 9118 Princess Elizabeth, all of which can be seen at the Great Western Society’s Didcot Railway Centre. Numbers 9114 Duke of York, 9115 Duke of Gloucester and 9117 Princess Royal sadly were scrapped after withdrawal.

Specifications

  • Designer -|- Charles Collett
  • Builder -|- GWR - Swindon Works
  • Build Date -|- 1932
  • Cost -|- Unknown
  • Diagram -|- G61
  • Total of Diagram Produced -|- 6
  • Lot -|- 1471
  • Gauge -|- Standard Gauge - 4ft 8 12 in (1,435mm)
  • Bogies -|- 9ft Heavy Duty
  • Bogie Wheelbase -|- 9ft (2.74m)
  • Wheelbase -|- 44ft 6in (13.56m)
  • Length -|- 63ft 6in (19.36m)
  • Width -|- 9ft 7in (2.92m)
  • Height -|- 12ft 6 34 in (3.83m)
  • Tare Weight -|- 35 long tons 5 cwt (35,815kg)
  • Passenger Capacity - 33

Current Status

  • Status -|- Awaiting Restoration
  • Location -|- Buckfastleigh
  • Livery -|- GWR Lined Chocolate and Cream
  • Owner -|- South Devon Railway Trust

Drawing

Pictures

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No. 9116 in the News

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Company

South Devon Railway Trust, Registered Office:
The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ
Registered in England No. 01150799
Registered Charity No. 800299

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T: 01364 644 370
E: trains@southdevonrailway.co.uk

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