Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a coaching stock entered service between 1975 and 1988. It featured a monocoque construction with an all-welded mild steel stressed skin, and was air-braked. These features make it unsuitable for operational use on a heritage railway such as the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. However the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society has acquired a number of Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper carriages which are used as temporary accommodation. They are of two varieties, the Sleeper Either class (SLE) and the Sleeper Either class with Pantry (SLEP).

Number Version Built Build location To SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society by Current or usual location Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
10569 SLEP 1982 Derby May 2007 Bewdley 10569 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
10606 SLEP 1982 Derby Kidderminster 10606 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
10696 SLE 1983 Derby April 2007 Bewdley 10696 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
10713 SLE 1983 Derby April 2007 Kidderminster Diesel Depot 10713 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line

10569 was first used in preservation on the VSOEVenice Simplon Orient Express set at Stewarts Lane. By 2005 it had transferred to the Northern Belle fleet, based at Crewe Carriage Shed. It is in chocolate and cream livery and bears the name “Leviathan”.

All the Mk 3a carriages listed are owned by SVR(H).

Northern Belle

Between 2017 and 2018 the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society entered into an agreement to stable this train. It included two sleeper vehicles:

Number Name Type Built Build location Notes RHR Carriage Survey
10729 Crewe BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1980 Derby Staff sleeper 10729
10734 Balmoral BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a Royal Train Staff Sleeper 1984 Staff sleeper (formerly No 2914) 10734

By May 2018 all Northern Belle vehicles had left the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.

Scrapped Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper No. 10677

This vehicle reportedly arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society circa 2010.[1]. It was stripped for spares at Kidderminster, the body leaving by low loader in April 2014.[2]

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References

  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey 10677
  2. SVR forum