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BR Mk 3a coaching stock entered service between 1975 and 1988.  It featured a monocoque construction with an all-welded mild steel stressed skin, and was air-braked. These features make it unsuitable for operational use on a heritage railway such as the SVR. However the SVR has acquired a number of Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper carriages which are used as temporary accommodation.  They are of two varieties, the Sleeper Either class (SLE) and the Sleeper Either class with Pantry (SLEP).
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'''BR Mk 3a coaching stock''' entered service between 1975 and 1988.  It featured a monocoque construction with an all-welded mild steel stressed skin, and was air-braked. These features make it unsuitable for operational use on a heritage railway such as the SVR. However the SVR has acquired a number of Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper carriages which are used as temporary accommodation.  They are of two varieties, the Sleeper Either class (SLE) and the Sleeper Either class with Pantry (SLEP).
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==Current Mk 3a coaching stock==
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{{As of|2020}} there are three Mk III sleepers still present on the SVR:
  
 
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|10569 || SLEP || 1982 || Derby || May 2007|| [[Bewdley]] || [http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3512 10569 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]
 
|10569 || SLEP || 1982 || Derby || May 2007|| [[Bewdley]] || [http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3512 10569 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]
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|10606 || SLEP || 1982 || Derby ||  || [[Kidderminster]] || [http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3520 10606 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]
 
 
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|10696 || SLE || 1983 || Derby || April 2007|| Bewdley || [http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3521 10696 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]
 
|10696 || SLE || 1983 || Derby || April 2007|| Bewdley || [http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3521 10696 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]
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All the Mk 3a carriages listed are owned by [[Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC | SVR(H)]].
 
All the Mk 3a carriages listed are owned by [[Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC | SVR(H)]].
  
==Northern Belle==
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<gallery>
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File: BR_10569_20150320.jpg|10569
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File: BR_10696_20150320.jpg|10696
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File: BR_10713_20150402.jpg|10713
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</gallery>
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==Former Mk 3a coaching stock==
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Two other Mk 3a Convertible Sleepers were previously resident but have since been scrapped:
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*10677: This vehicle reportedly arrived on the SVR circa 2010.<ref>[http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=5257 Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey 10677]</ref>  It was stripped for spares at Kidderminster, the body leaving by low loader in April 2014 for cutting up at Lye.<ref>[https://forum.svr-online.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=1790&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15 SVR forum]</ref><ref Name=DW>Confirmed by David Williams, 15 January 2020</ref>
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*10606: SLEP built in 1982 at Derby.<ref>[http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=3520 10606 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]</ref> Photographed at Kidderminster in 2015 (see below), it has since been stripped for spares and sent to Kingsbury for cutting up.<ref Name=DW/>
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<gallery>
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File: BR_10606_20150503.jpg|10606
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==Northern Belle Mk 3a coaching stock==
 
Between 2017 and 2018 the SVR entered into an agreement to stable [[Northern Belle|this train]]. It included two sleeper vehicles:
 
Between 2017 and 2018 the SVR entered into an agreement to stable [[Northern Belle|this train]]. It included two sleeper vehicles:
  
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By May 2018 all [[Northern Belle]] vehicles had left the SVR.
 
By May 2018 all [[Northern Belle]] vehicles had left the SVR.
 
==Scrapped Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper No. 10677==
 
 
This vehicle reportedly arrived on the SVR circa 2010.<ref>[http://www.cs.rhrp.org.uk/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=5257 Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey 10677]</ref>.  It was stripped for spares at Kidderminster, the body leaving by low loader in April 2014.<ref>[https://forum.svr-online.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=1790&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15 SVR forum]</ref>
 
 
==Gallery==
 
<gallery>
 
File: BR_10569_20150320.jpg|10569
 
File: BR_10606_20150503.jpg|10606
 
File: BR_10696_20150320.jpg|10696
 
File: BR_10713_20150402.jpg|10713
 
</gallery>
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 21:07, 15 January 2020

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a coaching stock entered service between 1975 and 1988. It featured a monocoque construction with an all-welded mild steel stressed skin, and was air-braked. These features make it unsuitable for operational use on a heritage railway such as the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. However the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society has acquired a number of Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper carriages which are used as temporary accommodation. They are of two varieties, the Sleeper Either class (SLE) and the Sleeper Either class with Pantry (SLEP).

Current Mk 3a coaching stock

As of 2020 there are three Mk III sleepers still present on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society:

Number Version Built Build location To SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society by Current or usual location Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
10569 SLEP 1982 Derby May 2007 Bewdley 10569 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
10696 SLE 1983 Derby April 2007 Bewdley 10696 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
10713 SLE 1983 Derby April 2007 Kidderminster Diesel Depot 10713 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line

10569 was first used in preservation on the VSOEVenice Simplon Orient Express set at Stewarts Lane. By 2005 it had transferred to the Northern Belle fleet, based at Crewe Carriage Shed. It is in chocolate and cream livery and bears the name “Leviathan”.

All the Mk 3a carriages listed are owned by SVR(H).

Former Mk 3a coaching stock

Two other Mk 3a Convertible Sleepers were previously resident but have since been scrapped:

  • 10677: This vehicle reportedly arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society circa 2010.[1] It was stripped for spares at Kidderminster, the body leaving by low loader in April 2014 for cutting up at Lye.[2][3]
  • 10606: SLEP built in 1982 at Derby.[4] Photographed at Kidderminster in 2015 (see below), it has since been stripped for spares and sent to Kingsbury for cutting up.[3]

    10606

Northern Belle Mk 3a coaching stock

Between 2017 and 2018 the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society entered into an agreement to stable this train. It included two sleeper vehicles:

Number Name Type Built Build location Notes RHR Carriage Survey
10729 Crewe BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1980 Derby Staff sleeper 10729
10734 Balmoral BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 3a Royal Train Staff Sleeper 1984 Staff sleeper (formerly No 2914) 10734

By May 2018 all Northern Belle vehicles had left the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.

See also

References

  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey 10677
  2. SVR forum
  3. 3.03.1 Confirmed by David Williams, 15 January 2020
  4. 10606 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
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