LMS 26986 Brake Third Corridor

LMS 26986 Brake Third Corridor
BTK 26986 Severn Valley Railway.jpg
LMS 26986 Brake Third Corridor
Built By BR Wolverton
Status In service
Number 26986
Other numbers M26986M
Built 1951
Designed By Stanier
Diagram 2161
Lot 1506
Type CH, BTK
Length 57ft
Weight 30T
Seats 24 third
1971 Arrived on SVR
1975 Attended Rail 150 at Shildon


LMS Brake Third Corridor (BTK) 26986 is an example of the port-hole stock designed by Stanier before the War but implemented by his successors C E Fairburn and H G Ivatt.



It was built in 1951 by BR at Wolverton as lot number 1506 to diagram number 2161.[1] Unlike the Corridor Composite version, the Brake Third Corridor continued the use of timber framing with steel top, bottom and corner members. The livery when new in service was BR Crimson and Cream. The later BR number M26986M indicates continued use in the BR London Midland region[2].


26986 arrived on the SVR from Worcester on 20 September 1971, having been privately purchased. After refurbishment, it was one of the three SVR carriages which attended the Rail 150 celebrations at Shildon in 1975, travelling there behind 8233 and 43106. It is the only one of the three carriages still based at the SVR.

26986 forms part of the LMS Maroon set (Set L), notwithstanding that it was not built until after nationalisation.

In 2016 its future as part of the SVR's LMS carriage fleet was assured through its purchase by the SVR Charitable Trust.

See also


Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
SVR Stock Book Eighth Edition
SVR News 37

  1. Jenkinson & Essery (1977) p. 110.
  2. Longworth (2019) p.310.