The British Railways Mark 2 design was conceived as early as 1958. Mark 2 no. 5175 is an open second or officially a Tourist Second Open (TSO) from an initial lot of 159 constructed to improve and enhance passenger accommodation on the newly electrified Euston to Manchester/Liverpool services. These open seconds were the first to carry the then new BR corporate livery of rail blue and pearl grey. The introducion of intensive diagramming applicable to regular interval services meant that some sets made up of these vehicles covered 750 miles daily. Few problems were experienced consisting only of such things as colour of the grp seat frames, variations of the teak wall veneers and sagging seat cushions. In 1988, 5175 was selected to be refurbished for use on the Network South East Western Suburban services. Seating was renewed to the latest IC80 standard, a public address sytem, new tables, carpets and melamine wall finishes were fitted and this is the state in which she remains today. Withdrawn in 1993, 5175 was sold for preservation and has worked at various locations; East Lancs, Battlefield Line, Foxfield Railway, Churnet Valley Railway and in 2016 becoming the latest member of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway fleet. The TSO is the 'standard' configuration of choice for most preserved lines and as such their availability is in great demand. 5175 is the first and as yet only example of its type in use on the EVR.
With acknowledgements to: British Rail Mark2 Coaches by Michael Harris 1999 & 2007 ISBN 978 1 898432 48 7
|Class or Type:||Mark 2||Works No:||30751|
|Brake Type:||Vacuum||Operational Status:||Operational|