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The Northern Belle

Clive and I wrote up this train under LNER Principal Expresses on pages 166-168. Space didn't allow much to be said about the history of individual carriages so here are some notes about deserving cases. But first, here are the two pictures we ran in the book, chosen for their content.

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A pair of D34s with the "Northern Belle" at Glenfinnan Viaduct in 1934, led by No 9258 Glen Roy. Photo: Cecil Ord collection.

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Another view from 1934 shows the train at Barnard Castle for the first overnight stop. K3 No 1300 has the day portion with the sleeping cars alongside. Photo: Photomatic.

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The Kitchen Car

This can be seen in the above pictures, third carriage in the train behind the loco. It was a 53'6" carriage built in 1914 for the "Flying Scotsman" and all-steel following public concern after disastrous fires which took many lives after accidents. Actually, some of the framing around the recessed doors was wooden and it was not a monocoque design: trussing was still required. Three were built, at York, one acting as a spare. Here is the Diagram:

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Diagram EC.80A showing the layout with twin pantries, one for each class: presumably different standards of food were carried; this division was not to be repeated. At one end there was a compartment and lavatory for the staff. Numbers as built were 211-213. Source: Author's collection.

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This picture from around 1923 shows the "Flying Scotsman" at Brayton Jc hauled by C1 No 251. Fourth behind the tender is one of the Kitchen Cars. It's rather clean and the light gives the impression of a flush-sided carriage: you have to look closely to see the beading. Photo: LGRP.

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This view was taken in 1929 after the kitchen cars had been made redundant by construction of restaurant triplet sets and cascaded, two to the GN Section (Nos 42182 and 42183) and one to the GC Section (No 52039). Ken Hoole in his book about ECJS carriages states that the renumbering is unclear as to which car became which. Photo: Author's collection.

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I've added this detail view to show the beading, which being made of steel strip, was flat. The company went to some trouble to maintain its house style of panelled teak and this "beading" would have been screwed onto the sides. Photo: Author's collection.

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In service - When built these Kitchen Cars served in the "Flying Scotsman" flanked by dining cars to EC.29A and EC.75A. After cascading they would have been used with top-end excursions in which meals were served and were thus made up with open carriages.

When the "Northern Belle" started running one was employed at the staff end of the train, in 1933 being No 42183. In the train photos above, it can be seen as the third carriage behind the tender.

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In this view, also from 1934, the day portion of the "Northern Belle" is crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct behind two D34s with No 9221 Glen Orchy leading. Photo: Photomatic.

The Kitchen car is third from the rear. The carriages, reading from the far end, are:

BFK, SLT, RK, FO, FO, TK*, FSal**, BG
*  Toilet 3rd D.23A
** 1st Saloon ex-GNR

The modelling options - An etched brass kit is available from RDEB (via Wizard Models).

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