At a glance:
|Builder:||Belfast & County Down Railway (Queen's Quay Works)|
|Original company:||Belfast & County Down Railway|
|Final company:||Ulster Transport Authority|
|Arrived at DCDR:||1987|
|Current status:||Museum display|
In addition to its third-class seats, 39 was equipped with a large ‘guard’s van’ for luggage and parcels, complete with an emergency train brake, built-in lamps to give the steam engine the ‘right away’, and duckets. These were windowed panels which projected from the normal profile of the carriage, allowing the guard to look up and down the train without having to put his head out of the window when it was raining! Once common features on Irish brake carriages only three with duckets have survived into preservation, two of which are at DCDR.
After withdrawal in 1953, 39’s body was purchased by a farmer and used as a henhouse until we acquired it in 1987. Although structurally still in good condition, we’ll need to reproduce a lot of skin and build a new underframe to make it operational again. This is going to be a lot of work, so in the meantime the carriage will serve as a dramatic example of what much of our stock looked like when in ‘henhouse condition’.