Camping coach, Cheddar Station, Somerset, 1951.
© NRM / British Transport Films / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph showing a family relaxing in deckchairs listening to their portable record player, outside their camping coach after lunch. Camping coaches were redundant railway carriages converted to provide holiday accommodation, 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.