Locomotive camping coach, March 1936.
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Photograph of a Great Western Railway (GWR) camping coach. Camping coaches, redundant railway carriages converted to provide holiday accommodation, were introduced in 1933. The relatively low rent of about £3 per week made them immediately popular, and soon each of the 'Big Four' railway companies offered camping holidays. By 1935 there were over 200 camping coaches located at 160 holiday destinations acros the United Kingdom.