BR 4509 Tourist Standard Open

BR 4509 Tourist Standard Open
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BR Tourist Standard Open 4509
Built By BR York
Status In service
Number E4509
Livery BR Crimson & Cream
Other numbers GE4509
History
Built 1956
Diagram 93
Lot 30243
Type TSO
TOPS code AC21
Seats 64 standard
1982 Preserved on SVR

Carriages

4509 is a BR Mark 1 Tourist Standard Open (TSO). The ‘Open Second’ seats 64 passengers at tables, with three cross-vestibules to enable speedier loading and unloading of passengers.

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4509 in service

4509 was built at York in 1956 to diagram number 93, lot number 30243.[1] It was used in the BR Eastern region and carried the number GE4509, the prefix denoting that it was allocated for use on the Great Eastern lines.

4509 in preservation

4509 arrived on the SVR in June 1982 from York.[2] Subsequently overhauled by SVR(H) as part of the restoration of the set of maroon liveried Mark 1 coaches, 4509 is in regular service and is now normally used in the BR Crimson & Cream running set.

It was owned for many years by SVR volunteer ticket collector Austen White, who bequeathed it to his colleague and neighbour James Barker. Not long after the creation of the Rolling Stock Trust charity, 4509 was donated to it and so it is now owned by the SVR Charitable Trust. The Trust has provided new batteries and a slow-speed charging device as an additional improvement.[3]

See also

References

  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  2. SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. 'BR Rolling Stock', SVR Charitable Trust

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