Built in the 1950s by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company to Lot No 3022 diagram 93, the coach is a Tourist Second Open to Mark 1 design. The coach operated in the Scottish Region of British Railways and was notable as being involved in a serious accident on 22nd October 1979. The coach formed part of the 08:44 service from Glasgow to Dundee, being hauled by Class 25 25083 when the train was hit in the rear by Class 47 47208 which was hauling the 09:35 Glasgow to Aberdeen service. The latter had passed a signal at danger. The collision resulted in the tragic loss of 5 lives and although none of these were in 4440, several of the coaches in the same train ended up in the Firth of Tay river. Being the 4th coach in the rake that day meant that 4440 survived.
By 1982 the coach had been withdrawn from passenger use and transferred to the Research Department as DB977175, being used as a train crew training coach. It was withdrawn in 1990 and transferred to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire where it remained as a long term restoration project. This restoration had only partly taken place when the vehicle arrived with us on 19/10/17 and, at the time of writing, remains an unrestored shell.
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