BR 80776 Brake Gangwayed

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 80776 Brake Gangwayed
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Gangwayed Full Brake 80776
Built By BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Smethwick
Status In service
Number M80776
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Brown & Cream
Other numbers E80776
History
Built 1955
Diagram 711
Lot 30140
Type BG
TOPS code NAV
Seats None (as built)
1986 Entered preservation
1995 'Coach of the year' award

Carriages

The BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 Full Brake (BG) did not contain passenger seating. The central Guard's area was flanked by large luggage compartments at each end of the carriage. Passengers could pass through the carriage via a gangway along one side.

Service and preservation

80776 was built by BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company in 1956 to Diagram 711 (NA501), Lot 30140. It entered service in the Eastern region in December 1955, remaining allocated to that region until withdrawal in 1986.[1]

80776 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 25 November 1986 from Bristol.[2] It was heavily rebuilt with components from Open Seconds and Corridor Seconds to achieve a conversion to a passenger carrying vehicle for up to 16 wheelchair users. Seating is provided for 15 accompanying passengers, and a disabled access WC is included. 80776 won the Association of Railway Preservation Societies' “Coach of the Year” award upon completion in 1995.

80776 was used in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream running set, and until 2016 was owned by the SVR Wolverhampton Branch. However in that year it was sold to the SVR Charitable Trust for safekeeping and further conversion to a "Wheelchair Diner" providing much needed access to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society's Dining Services. Work started in April 2018.[3] By May 2019 it was awaiting testing.[4]

See also

References

  1. Longworth (2013) p.189.
  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 203
  4. SVR Facebook 2 May 2019

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