BR 3109 First Open
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3109 First Open|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways First Open 3109 (Gareth Price)
|Built By||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Swindon|
|Livery||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Chocolate & Cream|
|Other numbers||M3109, 99123, 123 'Grace'|
|1996||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 1 First Open (FO) No 3109 was built 1962-3 at Swindon to diagram number 73 (AD103), lot number 30697.
Service and preservation
3109 entered service as M3109 in BRBritish Rail or British Railways's Midland region in January 1963. In November 1984 it received a Private Owner number, PULR99123, later shortened to 123 and named 'Grace' as part of Waterman Railways charter fleet at Bounds Green. It was one of three carriages, together with FO 3106 and RBR 1678, which were acquired from there by the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1996, initially on lease but subsequently purchased by SVR(H).
It has regularly been used by the SVRSevern Valley Railway as a restaurant vehicle, having formed part of both the Severn Valley Limited and Severn Valley Venturer dining sets. As of 2019[update] it has been de-classified and transferred into general passenger service.
- Longworth (2013) p.44.
Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition