British Railways Mark 1 Second Open (SO) 3727 entered preservation in 1990 and was stored out of use in Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. At some time before May 2010 it moved to the Stratford & Broadway Railway who are based on the former MOD site at Long Marston. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway received the coach from Long Marston on 31st January 2013.
The vehicle is similar to a TSO (Tourist Second Open) except it has seating in a 2+1 configuration, i.e two seats on one side of the aisle and one on the other. This seating configuration allowed for a wider aisle to make the service of food and drink easier because these vehicles were often next to restaurant cars in the train. 3727 is an early example of a Mark 1 coach and retains the older style B1 bogies. EVR volunteers plan to restore this vehicle for use on the railway.
Read about the restoration here.
|Class or Type:||SO||Works No:||30031|
|Brake Type:||Vacuum||Operational Status:||Operational|
|Owner:||EVRA||Arrived:||31st January 2013|