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Joseph Wright & Sons: misc_indust359

A four-wheel standard gauge First Class carriage built for the Chester & Birkenhead Railway by Joseph Wright & Sons

Joseph Wright & Sons built several similar standard gauge (4’ 8½“) four wheel coaches for the Chester & Birkenhead Railway in 1854. The Birkenhead Railway was jointly vested in the Great Western and London North Western Railway Companies on 1st January 1860 and its rolling stock was shared between the two companies. Originally built as a first class coach, the photograph shows it in Great Western Railway livery and retaining the first class designation on the compartment doors, but it has a third class coach number - No 719 (It was demoted to third class in June 1882). The coach was eighteen feet one inch long with a ten foot wheelbase.

Robert Ferris