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British Railways Mk2f FO 72501

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This vehicle was built as a First Open Coach at Derby Litchurch Lane Carriage Works by British Rail Engineering Limited in 1973, as part of a batch delivered in 1973-1974, being Mark 2F locomotive hauled vehicle.

It went into service on the London Midland Region main line between London St Pancras, Derby and Sheffield where it remained for some 10 years. It was initially outshopped in blue and grey. Replaced on the Midland Main Line by the gradual introduction of High Speed Trains (HSTs) in 1983. Conversion for Southern Region
Electric Multiple Unit use took place at Derby, the coaches of this series entering works for conversion from 3 December 1983, during which process it was repainted into the livery shown in the picture, above. It was combined as a working set into a two car unit (with TSO 72617 see above) and transferred to the Southern Region from 14 April 1984 going initially to Strawberry Hill Depot for tests and commissioning prior to moving to Stewarts Lane Depot for passenger service. It was then based at Stewarts Lane for use on the rail-air service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport (Gatwick Express) until withdrawn from that front line service in November 2005. This vehicle was purchased from the Porterbrook Leasing Company and has
been in our care since February 2006.

This vehicle has mostly been used for static dining purposes. During the early part of 2012, the vehicle was repainted into Pullman umber and cream livery as part of a re-branding of the catering facilities.
Builder: British Rail Engineering Ltd, Derby Built: 1973
Class or Type: Mk2f Works No:
Weight: 35 T Running No: 72501
Brake Type: Air Operational Status: Operational
Owner: George Watson Arrived: --/02/06
Remarks:
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