Carriage 2091

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Carriage 2091
Photo: Roger Marks
Type Corridor Third Brake Toilet
Seating 24 x 3rd
Home Railway WHR
Status In service
Built by Winson Engineering, Daventry & FR Co.
Built 1997
2017 Rebuilt as brake toilet vehicle
Length 39 ft 4 in[1]
Frames Steel

Carriage 2091 is a WHR brake third carriage with toilet.


This carriage number was allocated in one of the early construction schedules. It was planned to be a brake-saloon similar to 2090. By the time construction of a second brake vehicle was started the design evolved into the Service Vehicle concept. As a result the second brake carriage emerged in 2008 as Carriage 2010.

In 2013 it was announced that 2091 would be built, similar to the present form of Carriage 2090, as a Brake/Toilet/Saloon. This would enable both rakes to have two toilets, one in the Service Car and one in the Brake.

In December 2013 it was announced that 2091 would appear by conversion of one of the early Winson-built saloons (2040-2042).[2] In October 2016 it was announced that Carriage 2041 had been withdrawn for this purpose and by December 2016 the work was progressing at Boston Lodge. Whilst this work was being undertaken, the decision was taken to renew the seating and tables which had become worn over nearly twenty years of frontline service. Some rot was found in the floor, doors and windows which necessitated additional repair work, and toplights have been added to match the style of recently-constructed carriages.

2091 entered service on the 14th of May 2017 alongside the newly built Carriage 2047.

This carriage differs from 2090 in a number of respects. Many of these changes reflect the evolution of the WHR carriage design with the revised features matching the latest carriages that have been built at Boston Lodge. The main differences are:

  • It has a larger passenger area and therefore a higher seating capacity.
  • There are no longitudinal tip-down seats forming wheelchair spaces.
  • The seats are to the new standard design with "grab-balls".
  • As the service area is smaller, there are no windows on the clock side in the service area.
  • The toilet compartment is larger and has a different layout.
  • Opening top-lights have been installed and the original drop-lights removed.
  • The new doors have drop-light windows and no internal handles. This necessitates the use of FR style reservation boards instead of the large window mounted ones previously used on the WHR.
  • There is no PA apparatus and the guard's controls (brakes, heating, lights) have been put into a lockable cupboard to prevent unauthorised use.

Interior Views[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ General Rule Book
  2. ^ Inside Motion, December 2013