BR 80329 Post Office Sorting Van

BR 80329 Post Office Sorting Van
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BR Post Office Sorting Van 80329
Built By BR York
Status In service
Number E80329
Livery BR Maroon
Other numbers M80329
Built 1968
Diagram 728
Lot 30779
Type POS
Seats None
2000 Arrived on SVR


80329 is a BR Mark 1 Post Office Sorting Van.


80329 in service and preservation

Post Office Sorting Van (POS) 80329 was built at York in 1968 to Diagram 728, Lot 30779. It was allocated to the London Midland region from entry into service in November 1968 until withdrawal in June 1999.[1]

It was one of two acquired in spring 2000 from BR's Old Oak Common, London. Both were acquired for use on Santa duties at Arley, taking the place of a 'Snake' and 'Siphon' which required a major overhaul.[2]

It is in Post Office Maroon livery numbered E80329 (a regional prefix that it did not carry in service). It is normally stored at Kidderminster, being used as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December until 2018, with alternative Christmas services arrangements brought in from 2019. It is owned by SVR(H).

See also


  1. Longworth (2013) p.184.
  2. SVR News 132