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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:51 pm 
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Does anyone have knowledge of the compartment interior decor of Wolverton-built passenger coaches of the early years of the LMS? In particular, the colour and pattern of the moquette seat covering of the 3rd compartments.
The Bahamas Loco Society are endeavouring to restore one compartment of its 1924 composite corridor to D1694. Lot 30, subsequently converted to a breakdown riding and tool in 1957.
The only drawings found for these 'LMS Standard' vehicles are for those built at Newton Heath and Derby, and despite being a 'standard' vehicle, their are numerous detail differences.
Derby used red moquette, but a Wolverton drawing for the window blinds shows these to be 'blue and gold'. So, would the Wolverton moquette have been the same colour?
It's likely that the finished result will only be indicative of its as-built condition, because of these anomalies of detail differences, but there is a desire to complete it as good as it can be.
The coach is being refurbished as an educational 'resource' to accommodate group visits (in the former tool area) where their will also be an exhibition on railway and local history topics. The remaining 3rd compt is to be fitted out with equipment to provide still and moving imagery of rail travel (well that's the idea!!).
Enquiries are being made with a few organisations, but any help with information would be most welcome.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:31 am 
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AFAIK the LMS used red moquette for third class seats, regardless of where the carriage was constructed.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:58 am 
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Pete,

There is a very active carriage restorers group who may be able to help you. Tony Lyster is active there and is also an LNWRS member who happens to have been researching moquette recently for two LNWR carriages, but finding (to my amazement) that the Southern used similar material too. I suggest you drop him a line - send me a PM if you don't have his details.

Mike


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:41 pm 
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Mike
Thanks for your assistance here. However, the requirement for moquette has now passed as we have obtained, what is hoped to be, sufficient for our requirements from the Severn Valley Railway. The pattern is a later LMS pattern (in red) than we hoped, but, erm... better late than never (!).

Pete


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