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3289 1938c Andover

3289 1938c Andover

GWR Duke class 4-4-0 No 3289 approaches Andover soon after passing Red Pole Junction with a train from Swindon on the MSWJ line in c1938.

Peter Swift has done some work on the formation of this train and the stock of this Down train I would say is:

• Collett D95 58’ bow-ended corridor Brake Third – introduced 1927/28
• Collett C73 60’ corridor Third (Sunshine stock) – introduced between 11/1936 and 5/1937
• Collett E148 flat-ended 57’ corridor brake Composite – introduced 1934/35
• LNWR D375 corridor Full Brake

As the C73 is not straight out of the works this does narrow the photo date as post mid-1937 and probably 1938/39 which fits nicely with your suggested 1938.
From the summer 1939 WTT this would make it the 10.29am Cheltenham to Southampton Terminus due in Andover Junction at 1.05pm. And would you believe it the carriage boof gives the formation of this train as 3 GWR Bogie set + 1 LMS van (ex Birmingham).

Peter Kerslake says "Introduced in 1895 the "Devons" as they were initially known soon became the "Dukes" as the first of the class numbered 3252 was named "Duke of Cornwall". 3312 "Bulldog", one of the last twenty, was an enlarged version in 1898 which heralded the "Bulldog" class.
The "Dukes" gave way to the more powerful "Bulldogs" and they were relegated to working the former M.S.W.J. R. line as shown here, and also on the Cambrian network in Wales as well as running secondary passenger turns in and around Bristol and Wolverhampton.
From 1936 the frames from twenty nine condemned "Bulldogs" together with the boilers, cabs and fittings from a similar number of condemned "Dukes" were combined, following the earlier 1929 matching of the parts donated by 3265 "Tre Pol and Pen" and "Bulldog" 3365. The new class was intended for, and served well for many years the former Cambrian Railways network lasting in service there until the late 1950s."
Photo: Bernard Whicher/Rail Archive Stephenson