Category:BR Carriage classification codes
BRBritish Rail or British Railways used a system for identifying carriage types using alphabetical codes, based on that previously used by the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway. The notes below relate to carriages found on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.
Carriage class and internal layout
For passenger carriages, one letter indicated the class of carriage, normally F (First), S (Second, later Standard), T (Third) or C (CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard., ie more than one class). A second letter would indicate the layout, typically O (Open) or K (Corridor). Thus a carriage with Third Class compartments off a corridor would be designated TK.
The letter T when used as a prefix to another carriage class meant ‘Tourist’, indicating 2+2 seating, for example TSO (Tourist Standard Open).
The code for carriages including a guard’s compartment would be prefixed by B (Brake), for example BTK. A carriage with a guard’s compartment and a through gangway for passenger access, but with no passenger seating was designated BG (Brake Gangwayed). A specialised form, BGP, indicated a Pigeon-van.
Carriages with catering facilities, or whose principal use was for dining, were normally prefixed R (Restaurant). B as a suffix indicated Buffet. Common forms included RB (Buffet with cooking facilities) and RMB (Restaurant Miniature Buffet, serving snacks).
The suffix Z indicated a 6-wheeled vehicle (for example the Barry Railway Composite coach is designated CZ).
Certain letter combinations were entirely descriptive; these included ROY (Royal Coach), INSP (Inspection Saloon), SLEP (Mk 3 Sleeper), GUVGeneral Utility Van, formerly used to transport mail and parcels (General Utility Van) and POS (Post Office Sorting)
LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Codes
The LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway used a different series of coach codes. The equivalent codes for the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway carriages on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society were as follows:
|Generic type||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Code||LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Code|
|Third corridor brake||BTK||CH|
|CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. corridor||CK||CBC|
|Passenger rated full brake||BG||CBR|
|6-wheel passenger rated full brake||BGZ||CR|
|First class open dining||RFO||QL (DINING)|
This category has the following 27 subcategories, out of 27 total.
- Carriage Type BCK
- Carriage Type BG
- Carriage Type BGP
- Carriage Type BSK
- Carriage Type BSO
- Carriage Type BTK
- Carriage Type BTO
- Carriage Type BY
- Carriage Type CK
- Carriage Type CZ
- Carriage Type FO
- Carriage Type GUV
- Carriage Type INSP
- Carriage Type POS
- Carriage Type RB / RBR
- Carriage Type RC
- Carriage Type RF
- Carriage Type RFO
- Carriage Type RMB
- Carriage Type ROY
- Carriage Type RTO
- Carriage Type SK
- Carriage Type SLE / SLEP
- Carriage Type SLF
- Carriage Type TK
- Carriage Type TO
- Carriage Type TSO
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