26986 arrived on the SVR from Worcester in September 1971, having been privately purchased. After refurbishment, it was one of the three SVR carriages which attended the Rail 150 celebrations at Shildon in [[Severn Valley Railway Timeline 1970-1979#1975 | 1975]], travelling there behind [[LMS Stanier 8F 48773 | 8233]] and [[LMS Ivatt Class 4 43106 | 43106]]. It is the only one of the three carriages still based at the SVR.
26986 forms part of
Set L, the LMS Maroon set, notwithstanding that it was not built until after nationalisation.
In 2016 its future as part of the SVR's LMS carriage fleet was assured through its purchase by the [[Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd|SVR Charitable Trust]].