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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:00 pm 
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I am in the process of creating Diagrams 214 and 215 as part of my virtual coach project. Diagram 215 had a Typing Compartment and I was wondering what furniture was provided - assumed to be table, chair and typewriter as a minimum?
In addition would the coach have been added to formations as and when required, and would a typist have been provided by an agency when a business customer requested this service?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:02 am 
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D.215 No.5718 which had one first-class compartment altered into a typewriting compartment was included in the Wolverhampton-Birmingham-Broad Street set. As you say the ordinary seating was removed and replaced by a table and chairs. The (male) stenographer was an LNWR employee. Presumably businessmen using this service supplied their own letterheads. I think this service was discontinued in WW1.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:16 am 
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Alec, you might like to take a look at the post "City to City Service" on page 2 of this Carriages forum, which has the dates and the train formations.

I am sure I have seen an interior photo of the typing compartment. It might be in Reed's history of the LNWR, or perhaps in LNWR Gazette.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:59 pm 
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It was reported in the press that on the 1st February 1910 when the inaugural run of the 08.20 Birmingham to Broad Street service was made that the typewriter service was in the charge of Miss Tarrant from the Euston typewriting room.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:57 am 
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Thanks Martin! So Miss Tarrant would have had to stay overnight in Brum. Possibly a unique example of a "lodging turn" for clerical staff?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:32 pm 
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Thank you for your comments; much appreciated.

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Do click on TSSH, its fascinating!!

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