SR Bulleid Coaches

Information on Bulleid coach set formations may be obtained from the ‘Appendices to the Carriage Working Notices’ held in the SRG Library or from SRG Data Sheets.

We would also recommend ‘An Illustrated History of Southern Coaches’ by our member Mike King which provides a comprehensive range of photographs and drawings. ‘Bulleid’s SR Steam Carriage Stock’ by David Gould (Oakwood 1994) is also recommended. Also available in sheet form are the drawings made by Mike King, to whom application including an SAE should be made.

SR/BR Bulleid with Compartment Doors

212159′ 5 Comp’t Brake Third1945
231659′ Corr Composite (4/3)1945
212264′ 6 Comp’t Brake Third1946
231764′ Corr Composite (4/4)1946

Until 1962 all these coaches were formed into 3-sets 963-980 (Diags.2121/2316/2121) and 981-984 (Diags.2122/2317/2122)

SR Bulleid – Shallow (10″) Window Ventilators

2123Semi-Open Brake Third1946-7
2318Corridor Composite1946-7
2405Brake Composite (2-sets 63-75)1948
2406Brake Composite (Loose stock)1948
2019Corridor Third1948

* SC50-53 (But not SC54) are also available with 247 Developments Etched Brass sides (Kits SC50E-SC53E)
When built, the five corridor thirds (Diag.2019) were loose. All the brake thirds (Diag.2123) were formed into 3-sets 770 – 793 and 2-sets 63 – 75. Corridor Composites (Diag.2318) were in 3-sets 771 – 793 or were loose. (Note that set 770 had the prototype composite No 5751, diagram 2315). The brake composites (Diag.2405) were in 2-sets 63 – 75 or were loose (Diag.2406).

SR Bulleid (Bournemouth Stock) (10″ Window Ventilators)

2123Semi-Open Brake Third1947
2318Corridor Composite1947
2660Restaurant Third & Kitchen1947
2507Corridor 1st & Restaurant 1st1947
2017Open Third1947

* SC60-64 are also available with 247 Developments Etched Brass sides (Kits SC60E-SC64E)
The ‘Bournemouth’ coaches were similar to the coaches in the previous section, but with bodysides extended over the solebars. Note also that there were significant differences in the arrangement of the braking system and battery boxes on this 1947 (and later) stock compared with that built earlier. All were formed into 6-sets 290 – 300 (Diags.2123/2017/2660/2507/2318/2123) and mostly worked between Waterloo and Bournemouth.


Bulleid Semi-open Brake Third of 1947 from Phoenix Kits

Two of these Brake Third coaches were formed with a Composite coach to form the ‘770’ or ‘L’ 3-corridor sets.

Due to supply difficulties, those produced in 1946 and early 1947 received a temporary window ventilator which was quickly replaced as soon as the sliding type became available. These coaches generally lasted until the end of steam in the mid 1960s.

The model is shown finished in SR 1947 livery with the sliding window ventilator. Note that during construction of the kit, those parts of the conventional Phoenix aluminium roof which overlap the sides were removed and replaced with appropriate plasticard section to produce the slender ‘gutter’ section which Bulleid introduced.

Roxey Mouldings’ bogies and correct pattern SR retractable buffers are also fitted.

BR Bulleid Catering Vehicles (15″ Window Ventilators)

2663Kitchen & Buttery Car (Tavern Car)1949
2664Composite Restaurant Car (Tavern Trailer)1949
2665Composite Restaurant Car (rebuild of SC66E)1950-1
2668Kitchen Buffet Car (rebuild of SC65E)1959-60

The prototypes were the controversial ‘Tavern Sets’, 8 pairs of which were built in 1949 (Diags.2663/2664). Controversial because the Restaurant Cars had only top lights (i.e. no large windows) and half the ‘Tavern Car’ was originally finished externally in imitation brickwork and half timbering, and displayed a pub sign. The Restaurant Cars were rebuilt with a full complement of windows in 1950-1 (Diag.2665) while the Taverns remained internally styled as a pub (some at least externally repainted green) until remodelled in 1959-60 (Diag.2668).

SR/BR Miscellaneous Stock

1873Inspection Saloon (Sleeping) 100S 


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