BR 16169 Composite Corridor

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BR 16169 Composite Corridor
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BR Composite Corridor 16169 (centre)
Built By BR Derby
Status Overhaul in progress
Number M16169
Livery n/a (was BR Maroon)
Other numbers M7169, SC7169
Built 1961
Diagram 126
Lot 30665
Type CK
TOPS code AA31
Seats 24 first, 18 standard
1989 Preserved on SVR


16169 is a BR Mark 1 Corridor Composite (CK) carriage. The term 'composite' refers to the use of more than one class of seating, in this case four first class compartments and three second class compartments. For the second class compartments, BR followed the seating plans used by the pre-nationalisation companies in each region, with LMR and ER carriages generally having seats with arm rests allowing six passengers per compartment while WR and SR carriages had no arm rests permitting 8 passengers per compartment.[1]


16169 in service

16169 was built at Derby in 1961 to diagram number 126 (AA201), lot number 30665. It entered service in the Midland region.[2] In 1983 it was renumbered as M7169, being reallocated to the Scottish region in January 1986.[3] 16169 was withdrawn from service by BR at Heaton, Newcastle in 1988, where it had been in use on cross-country services.

16169 in preservation

16169 arrived on the SVR on 16 August 1989 having been purchased by SVR(H) as one of two carriages acquired to increase the available first class accommodation.[1][4] It saw use in the BR Maroon set, but by 2006 was described by the Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey as "externally very shabby and due for refurbishment". In that year, while nominally still in service, a number of windows were removed and refurbished ahead of a planned overhaul and return to the maroon set.[5] However in 2007 it was withdrawn from service and moved to Arley for use during the 1940s events to provide additional shelter for children should it rain. It became trapped at Arley by the 2007 Storm Damage, finally being moved to Kidderminster in late 2008 for a health check before returning to availability as spare vehicle for the LMS set. During that time it received some attention to compartment ceilings and veneers.[6] In 2011 it was reported as being back at Arley, looking "extremely tatty".[7]

Overhaul 2013 to 2021

By 2013 work had started, as it was reported as undergoing a light repair.[8] It was however photographed in July 2015 stored in the carriage shed awaiting further work. It had developed into a heavy overhaul by 2017, albeit as events permitted.[9] In March 2017 16169 was moved outside Kidderminster Carriage Works, initially for welding repairs, and spring 2018 saw it outside the Kidderminster paintshop after work to make it waterproof with a newly painted roof. In September 2019 it was in the paint shop receiving further repairs before proper painting could begin, which were completed by the end of the year. In March 2020 16169 was going onto accommodation bogies to allow its commonwealth bogies to be worked on[10][11].

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVR Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. Longworth (2013) p.112.
  3. Longworth (2013) p.80.
  4. SVR News 92
  5. SVR News 156
  6. SVR News 164
  7. SVR Forum, 23 August 2011
  8. GM's monthly round up March 2013
  9. SVR News 200, Winter 2017
  10. SVR News 210, 'Kidderminster Carriage Works update, 'SVR Online Forum
  11. Branch Lines newsletter, September 2020 (Retrieved 29 August 2020)