BR 81013 Brake Gangwayed

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 81013 Brake Gangwayed
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Gangwayed Full Brake 81013
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways York
Status In service
Number E81013
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
Other numbers E84013
History
Built 1956
Diagram 711
Lot 30173
Type BG
TOPS code NBV
Seats None
1987 Entered preservation
2011 Bodywork modified

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

81013 was built at York in 1956 to Diagram 711 (NB501), Lot 30173. The 'NB' signified a Gangwayed Brake used for BRUTEBritish Railways Utility Trolley Equipment, a wire caged trolley with a low floor developed by BR to replace existing luggage trucks and mail bag trolleys. purposes. It entered service in the Eastern region in August 1956, being renumbered E84013 in June 1983 as part of a modification to the TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR in the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. numbering system, before being withdrawn from service in July 1986.[1]

84013 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society from Thornton Fields via Ely in November 1987 having been acquired by SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H) in response to a request from Arley for two BGs to be converted for use as Santa's Grottos.[2][3]

It was repainted in winter 1996/97 into its as-new 1957 livery of all over carmine unlined,[4] and received a further repaint in Spring 2002.[5]

It was re-modelled and repainted in 2011, including removal and plating over of two pairs of double doors on each side. It is in Post Office Maroon livery, and is normally stored at Kidderminster, being used as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December until 2018, with alternative Christmas services arrangements brought in from 2019. It is owned by SVR(H).

See also

References

  1. Longworth (2013) p.191, p.9.
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book 9th Edition
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 87/88
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 121
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 139

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