The carriage (the brake coach) represented by this model was built for the Great Western Railway (GWR) and contains first and third clas accommodation. The GWR began its Cornish Riviera Expres service in 1904, running daily, non-stop expres services from Paddington, London, to Plymouth, Devon, with a journey time of 265 minutes. For over twenty years this represented a world record for the longest non-stop run. The Cornish Riviera was also unique in carrying three slip portions, detached at speed at Westbury, Taunton and Exeter. By 1928 an additional stop was being made at Exeter. From Plymouth the Cornish Riviera continued on to its terminus at Penzance.
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