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NER 1915 (ECJS) Steel Kitchen Car


    “In the equipment of two new trains provided by the East Coast companies-the Great Northern, North-Eastern and North-British- for the 10.0 a.m. service from King's Cross to Edinburgh and the corresponding 10.0 a.m. from Edinburgh to King's Cross an all-steel kitchen car is included.

    Part of the stock for the new trains was built at the Great Northern Company's shops at Doncaster under the supervision of Mr. H. N. Gresley, and the remainder was constructed at the York shops of the North-Eastern Company under Mr. Vincent L. Raven.

    Included in the latter portion were the kitchen cars, three in number, which are of an entirely new design, for which Mr. Raven is responsible and to whom we are indebted for particulars and for the photographs and drawings from which the illustrations on page 482 and supplement have been prepared. Two cars are in service, one on each train and one is held in reserve.

    As the drawings are fully dimensioned and contain ample details very little explanation appears necessary. The body framing is constructed throughout of British Standard rolled angles, channels and tee sections having a breaking strength of 28 to 32 tons per square inch with an elongation of not less than 20 per cent. The end framing is arranged to offer increased resistance to impact.

    The whole of the body outside panelling is of Messrs. Lysaght's No. 16 charcoal finish, cold-rolled, hydraulically flattened steel plate, arranged in various sizes to suit the framing. The general riveting is 3/16 in. diameter. all outside heads being countersunk in either the panels or moulding. The latter is of rolled steel throughout. It was found that a thoroughly satisfactory arrangement for holding the windows and inside panelling was produced by fitting in the cant rails, waist rails and main uprights with packings screwed to the steel members.

    The main doors are lined outside and inside with steel plate of the same gauge and manufacture as on the body.

    The elliptical roof is of No. 16 steel plate curved to a template and riveted to a series of 2in. by 2in. by ¼ in. tee bars which are gusseted and riveted directly to the angle steel cant rails. A cotton duck roofing canvas is laid over the steel dome.”


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