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Date modified23-Sep-19 05:57
GWR DRC 19 1944-04-25 Black Hill Co Durham

GWR DRC 19 1944-04-25 Black Hill Co Durham

GWR diesel railcar No 19 stands at Black Hill, Co.Durham on April 25, 1944 whilst on loan to the LNER during WW II.

Peter Kerslake says "Far from her home grounds G.W.R.Railcar number 19 is recorded whilst on loan to the L.N.E.R. in 1944 but sadly I have found no detail of this arrangement.
There are no air operated warning horns fitted and the two blanked off panels inward of the buffers are a mystery as well, but she looks well turned out, proudly displaying her splendid Great Western crest.
Number 19 was the first of fourteen built in 1940 and fitted with twin power units and with seating for 48 passengers, her bodywork coming from Swindon works. Later years saw her allocated to Gloucester Depot, being there on her own in 1956.
The sharp bodywok ends contrast with the more attractive rounded ends of the earlier models.
A little more research shows me that Blackhill is south of Newcastle upon Tyne, in County Durham and near Consett and there must have been a rail line there at the date of this image during the wartime year of 1944.
There is also some suggestion that Railcar 19 was in company with sister Railcars numbered 6 and 11 at this time, but why did they go on loan to the LNER and for how long, I wonder ?"


Photo: A.W. Croughton/Rail Archive Stephenson