BR 3083 Experimental Open

BR 3083 Experimental Open
BR 3083 20150307.jpg
BR 3083 in 2015
Built By BR Doncaster
Status In use
Number E3083
Livery BR Maroon
Other numbers W3083
Built 1957
Diagram 74
Lot 30372
Type FO
TOPS code AD11
Seats 36 Declassified
1972 Withdrawn by BR
1973 Entered service on SVR


Interior view of 3083
First Open (FO) No 3083 is one of 14 experimental BR Mk1 carriages built in 1957 by a variety of contractors and BR workshops to trial new designs, evaluate public opinion and test the durability of new fittings.



Prototype Open First 3083 was built at the former LNER workshops at Doncaster in 1957 to diagram 74, Lot 30372. As built it had a weight of 33 tons and was fitted with BR1 bogies. Externally, the window spacing is different from standard Mk 1.

The interior design incorporated LNER style teak matchboard linings and aluminium trim, with 36 reclining rotating seats in 2+1 arrangement and two lavatories at one end of the carriage. Although classed as a ‘Gangwayed Open’, the seating areas are separated from the centre vestibule by swing doors. Fluorescent lighting is used within the carriage.

The carriage entered service in BR’s Eastern Region in June 1957 numbered E3083. In July 1965 it was renumbered W3083 with a transfer to the Western Region. It was finally withdrawn from BR service at London's Old Oak Common in August 1972[1][2].


3083 arrived from Old Oak Common on 12 February 1973 and was put into service immediately after arrival, still in InterCity blue & grey livery.[3] It was repainted into BR Crimson & Cream in 1974-75, initially at Hampton Loade and completed at Bridgnorth.[4]

3083 was withdrawn from service again in March 1978 to be repainted into BR Western Region brown and cream livery for use with the dining car train.[5] It returned to service in early 1979 and continued until Spring 1985 when it was withdrawn requiring attention to leaking windows and re-covering of the seats. A quick repaint into BR Maroon was envisaged,[6] but in the event an extended heavy general repair was undertaken which began in December 1985[7] and was finally completed during 1990 with the carriage re-entering service in BR Maroon livery.[8]

In 1999 3083 was reallocated for a period of use in the LNER Teak set. In summer of that year the carriage was repainted in BR Eastern Region Mock Teak using a process known as ‘scumble-graining’. This type of finish was used on LNER steel-bodied Thompson coaches towards the end of the LNER era in 1946-48.[9]

3083 received a further overhaul in mid-2009, reverting to 1957 BR Maroon livery with black ends and gutters but without the ‘roundels’ which were introduced later by BR.[10]

For current SVR use, the coach has been declassified (i.e. is now 'standard' class), and the seats have been locked so they no longer rotate. 3083 is often used to extend one of the regular carriage sets. The carriage is owned by SVR(H)[2].

See also


  1. Longworth (2013) p. 42.
  2. 2.02.1 SVR Stock Book 9th Edition
  3. Information panel inside carriage
  4. SVR News 36
  5. SVR News 50
  6. SVR News 75
  7. SVR News 79
  8. SVR News 97
  9. SVR News 129/132
  10. SVR News 169