Robert Ferris has transcribed the following
information on the building and development of Moor Street station from
articles which appeared in several editions of the Great Western Magazine.
New Coaches for Suburban Services
Extract from Great Western Magazine Vol. XIII. No.6,
Birmingham Suburban Service.
With the view of catering for the Birmingham suburban
traffic, recently constructed at Swindon Works four trains each consisting of
two eight-wheeled first and third class and two eight-wheeled brake thirds. The
coaches are fifty seven feet long by nine feet wide and have steel under-frames
with 9 foot bolster bogies and laminated springs. The first-class compartments
are finished in polished walnut and sycamore, the upholstery being dark-green
cloth bordered with green and gold laces, whilst the floors are covered with
specially designed rugs of heavy velvet green pile, bordered green and gold and
having a large monogram, 'GWR' in the centre. Polished oak has been used for
the third-class compartments, the upholstery being blue and red rep. The trains
are electrically lighted throughout on the Leitner system, the first-class
compartments being provided with five lights with holophane globes and the
third-class with three lights. Steam heating is provided by means of cast-iron
radiators and the heating (as usual with modern GW stock) is under the control
of the passengers. The trains present a very handsome appearance and a great
feature about them is the carrying capacity 64 first-class and 220
third-class passengers per train.
Extract from Great Western Magazine Vol. XXXVI. No.10,
New Trains for Local Services.
Last month the Company delivered the first of a number of
luxurious new trains for use in the Birmingham district. The upholstering of
the third-class compartments is of the conventional black and red, but in the
first-class compartments the new standard brown and gold has been adopted,
giving them a very rich appearance. The interior woodwork throughout the train
is beautifully polished and the effect is most pleasing to the eye. Each first
class compartment has five electric lights, whilst the thirds have three. The
width of every compartment is such as to give ample knee room.
A special feature of the train is the new type of centre
coupling invented at the Companys Swindon works, which dispenses with
buffers and minimises oscillation. The total seating accommodation in the train
is 80 first class and 220 third class.
For more details see 'gwrms1787'.