BR 4593 Tourist Standard Open

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4593 Tourist Standard Open
BR 4593 20150307.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Tourist Standard Open 4593
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways York
Status In service
Number E4593
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
Other numbers W4593
History
Built 1956-7
Diagram 93
Lot 30243
Type TSO
TOPS code AC21
Seats 64 standard
1988 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Carriages

4593 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 1 Tourist Second Open (TSO). The ‘Open Second’ seats 64 passengers at tables, with three cross-vestibules to enable speedier loading and unloading of passengers.

Service and preservation

4593 was built at York in 1957 to diagram number 93 (AC204), lot number 30243. It went into service on the Eastern Region in January 1957, where it remained apart from a brief allocation to the West region between September 1985 and April 1986.[1]

During the 1985 allocation, 4593 and class mate 4345 formed part of the GW 150 exhibition set used by BRBritish Rail or British Railways, for which they received commemorative tables and other modifications to the interior decor.[2]

Preservation

4345 and 4593 were selected as the best of a number examined at Carnforth, and both arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society from there on 16 and 22 March 1988 respectively. At the time they were intended as replacements for two other TSOs, 4399 and 4584,[3] although in the event 4584 was retained until 1995 while 4399 is still resident on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.

It is seen photographed in March 2015 as part of the BR Maroon set.

On 28 March 2018 it was moved to the dock platform at Bewdley to serve as a seating area for Bewdley buffet.

See also

References

  1. Longworth (2013) p.57.
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 87