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GWR Ocean Saloon 9111 “King George”
GWR Ocean Saloon 9111 “King George”

Former GWR Coach 9111 is better known as Super Saloon “King George” after King George V.  It was the pride of the Great Western fleet of coaches, built to rival the Pullman coaches used by other railways.  These coaches made full use of the the Great Western’s historically wide loading gauges, as a result of broad gauge being 61’ 4" long and 9’ 7" wide.  This meant that they were very restricted on the routes they could use.
King George was the first of the set built to diagram G.60 ( 9112 “Queen Mary”  was also a G.60), however the rest were built to diagram G.61. A total of 8 were built and kept scrupulously clean at all times. (9112 "Queen Mary", 9113 "Prince of Wales" and 9118 "Princess Elizabeth" (the kitchen car) are with the Great Western Society at Didcot. The rest of the rake were 9114 “Duke of York”, 9115 “Duke of Gloucester” and 9117 “Princess Royal” but these have all been scrapped).

9111 was rescued at the beginning of the Dart Valley Railway’s formation, together with a sibling, 9116 “Duchess of York” which has recently been purchased by the South Devon Railway and returned to Buckfastleigh on the 28th April 2004.  9111 is the property of the South Devon Railway Association Limited whereas 9116 belongs to the South Devon Railway Trust.
9111 is still used as first class accommodation, however being only 28 seat (24 in saloons and 4 in coupé) and 35 tons, only really sees use on private charters.
In early 2004 “King George” was returned to DC (Battery & dynamo) working from the 1980 240 volt AC "mains" system it had been given following its time as a club coach.  The 240 volt system required a generator somewhere on the train and didn’t have any provision for mains failure.  The return to the original DC system has a minimum of 5 hours autonomy on full charge.  The change has restored the ambience of its original condition due to the under-running of the bulbs; just take a look:
“King George” Large Saloon
The Large Saloon (Balloons are for a wedding reception)
“King George” Small Saloon
The Small Saloon

Update 2023
During the summer of 2023 9111 “King George” entered the Carriage and Wagon workshop for refurbishment and repair.
As part of these works the remaining re-wire will be completed so the RCH through train lighting controls will be re-instated to work from BOTH ends and, because of this the carriage will receive the RCH based public address system.
The opportunity has also been taken to replace the missing table lamp with a brass replica instead of the wooden one that has been in service for many years.
Due to age, wear and less than careful handlng the vellum lampshades are also going to be replace.
“King George” new table lamp - exploded view
The components for the new replica table lamp Photo GBishop
“King George” new table lamp - assembled awaiting plating
The new replica table lamp assembled awaiting copper plating and ashtraysPhoto GBishop
“King George” an original table lamp
An original table lamp for reference - note ashtrays are inverted since no longer requiredPhoto GBishop

Update February 2024
“King George” restoration
The side cladding has been removed and the roof sheets lifted to expose the frame so the condition can be assessed and repairs effected where necesary.  This also gives access for the rewire.Photo GBishop
A GWR standard fuseboard terminal stud
One of the fuseboard terminal studs was found to be broken so a new one has been made.  These are the pecular GWR standard of ¼” x 25 tpi ALMOST M6 ( as against the standard BSW 20tpi or BSF 26tpi and no doubt to reduce theft of the parts ) !!Photo GBishop
“King George” wiring diagram
A new wiring diagram for “King George” has been drawn up.. ( click on image for larger version ).
Note the wire sizes have been set at the nearest metric equivalent and haven’t been revised for LED lamps.
The dynamo auxillary field relay and resistors ( bottom right of the diagram ) are a legacy from dining coaches which also had a refrigerator.  The use of relays allowed for both the lights and the refrigerator to independantly improve the dynamo output.  The resistor network restricts the auxillary field current.
Photo GBishop
“King George” Leitner dynamo
The special high output type 10L Rotax Leitner dynamo Photo GBishop

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