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British Railways Mk2f TSO 72617

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This vehicle was built as Trailer Second Open Coaches at Derby Litchurch Lane Carriage Works by British Rail Engineering Limited in 1973, as part of a batch delivered in 1973-1974, being a Mark 2F locomotive hauled vehicle from Lot 30860.

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 the blue and grey livery of the period. 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 coach entering
works for conversion from December 1983 and being transferred to the Southern Region from April 1984 before going initially to Strawberry Hill Depot for tests and commissioning prior to moving to Stewarts Lane Depot for passenger service. It was repainted into the later Intercity livery of white and dark grey with a red line. It was 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at Stewarts Lane for use on the rail-air service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport (Gatwick Express) until withdrawn from that front line service in late 2005.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 as a static dining vehicle. During the early part of 2012, this vehicle was repainted into the Pullman livery of umber and cream as part of a re-branding of the catering facilities.

Seats: 48 second
Builder: British Rail Engineering Ltd, Derby Built: 1973
Class or Type: Mk2f Works No: 30860
Weight: 35 T Running No: 72617
Brake Type: Air Operational Status: Operational
Owner: WyvernRail PLC Arrived: --/02/06
WyvernRail PLC, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4FB. 01629 823076. © 2017