Diesel Railcar No 4, 1934, Great Western Railway


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GWR Diesel Railcar (with Buffet) No. 4 - 1981.
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Great Western Railway diesel railcar No.4 with buffet
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Railcar, diesel railcar No 4, with buffet, Great Western Railway, 1934. Length 60' 6"; width 9' 7 1/2"; height 12' 9 1/2".

Great Western Railway diesel railcar No. 4 is an early example of the GWR railcar fleet. The GWR first introduced railcars in 1933 and they were very successful, with subsequent designs continuing to be used well into the 1960s, by which time they were superseded by the new British Rail DMUs.

No.4 has a buffet counter inside and sports a streamlined design which is typical of the style of the time and earned the railcars the nickname "flying bananas".

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Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
length: 18440 mm,
height: 3899 mm
width: 2921 mm
powered unit
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • rolling stock
  • self-propelled rolling stock
  • single unit stock
  • railcar
British Rail, Historical Relics

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