BR 3109 First Open

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3109 First Open
BR 3109 GarethPrice.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways First Open 3109 (Gareth Price)
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Swindon
Status In use
Number W3109
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Chocolate & Cream
Other numbers M3109, 99123, 123 'Grace'
Built 1961
Diagram 73
Lot 30697
Type FO
TOPS code AD11
1984 Preserved
1996 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway


3109 in use as a Restaurant Car in the Severn Valley Limited.

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.[1] 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. It has been de-classified and transferred into general passenger service, and carries BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream livery.

See also


  1. Longworth (2013) p.44.

Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition