This vehicle was built as a mark one BSK Brake Second Composite passenger coach at Wolverton works in Buckinghamshire by British Railways and delivered in 1962 for passenger use, from lot 30669, weighing 37 tons.
We do not know anything of its passenger use at the time of writing. It ran in maroon livery from delivery until being painted blue and grey about 1970.
At some point in its career it was withdrawn from passenger traffic and stored to await rebuilding as a newspaper courier van. On conversion it was painted in a red livery, normal to this type of rolling stock.
Newspaper Courier Vans (and the similar bullion vans) were relatively common vehicles until the early 1990s when the transport of newspapers by train ceased, a few survive as departmental vehicles or support coaches on the national network and there are a number in preservation both as support vehicles and in their original passenger state. There were 1,500 BSK type coaches built over a ten year period in the 1950s and 1960s.
|Builder:||British Railways, Wolverton||Built:||1962|
|Class or Type:||BSK (Brake Second Corridor) then NNX||Works No:|
|Weight:||37 T||Running No:||M35323 / 80214|
|Brake Type:||Air/Vacuum||Operational Status:||Support Vehicle|