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Joseph Wright & Sons: misc_indust358

West Midland Railway four-wheel standard gauge Composite Coach No 134 built by Joseph Wright & Sons

In 1856 Joseph Wright & Sons built several standard gauge (4’ 8½“) four wheel coaches for the West Midland Railway. When the West Midland Railway amalgamated with the Great Western Railway on 1st August 1863 it owned two hundred and eighteen passenger coaches. West Midland Railway Composite coach No 134, became Great Western Railway No 214 in 1863. The photograph shows it in Great Western Railway livery after it was demoted to a third class coach in 1873 and renumbered No 742. The coach has the original class designations on the compartment doors.

Robert Ferris