The Swindon & Cricklade Railway's Vintage Train Project
Luggage Brake No 422

Yes, it is nearly there! You will see on the appropriate page that Taff Vale No 73 has been able to enter service. No 422 is now in the final stages of having its new brake gear fitted - this year, we plan to announce our first Vintage Train event.
The Dilemma The Luggage Brake project takes its place amongst the 'new builds' and conversions becoming common on Heritage Railways.
      A couple of years ago, it became clear that the completion of Taff Vale No 73 was drawing near. A great deal of time and money had already been invested in its restoration, and it became obvious that recovering some of this from revenue was highly desirable. However, as a single, four-wheel, vintage carriage with no guard's facilities, it would not provide a viable passenger train. Even less attractive was the option of running it (or 'hiding it behind') a Mk 1 brake coach.
      On the other hand, there was no possibility of a vintage brake carriage becoming available within the foreseeable future.
The sketch that inspired the Luggage Brake No 422 project
The sketch that launched the project.
Internal work progressing in Luggage Brake No 422
This shows the passenger-stock standards being used on the interior - this is the now-enclosed veranda.
External view of Luggage Brake No 422
The passenger-stock transformation of the enclosed veranda is seen in this exterior shot. The panel on the right of the main door opens to give access wide enough for wheelchair users.
A Solution Out of this dilemma arose the solution of converting an otherwise unused vehicle that had started life as a goods brake van. This offered a number of benefits.
(1) Conversion would be relatively inexpensive.
(2) The conversion could include the ability to accommodate wheelchairs, giving wider access to the railway's Vintage Train.
(3) Most significantly, it would be available with the completed Taff Vale No 73.
      The conversion is intended to convey the spirit of a 19th centuary vehicle once common on smaller railways. The style is that of builders of the time, such as Ashbury's, thereby in keeping with the lines of Taff Vale No 73.
      As well as disabled access, the vehicle will offer an interpretation of the range of traffic carried on rural railway backwaters before Grouping.

As at August 2012. With external work complete and in undercoat, the vehicle is now standing outside, sheeted over. Ongoing work is concentrating on internal wall cladding and fitting out.
As at December 2012. Seen below, the vehicle in first coats of final livery before 'sheeting over' for the winter months. Work carries on inside with surface preparation and finishing, and with fitting-out. Future tasks include overhauling the brake gear.

As at November 2013 the major ongoing task is the fitting of a vac brake cylinder and associated linkage. It is planned to have this completed in the earlier part of next year. The external finish will also be addressed.

As at November 2014 As you will see at the top of this page, the vehicle is virtually completed. Final tasks will be carried out in the newly extended shed at Hayes Knoll.

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