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BR Mark 2 Carriages

Builders
Swindon & Derby Works
Build Date
1963 - 1975
Body Type
Steel
In Service
1964 - Present

British Railways Mark 2 Carriage

After the success of the Mark 1 carriages British Railways (BR) set their sights onto a newer design, which gave birth to the British Railways Mark 2 Carriages. The main difference between a Mark 1 & Mark 2 carriage is the body & frame work. The mark 2 had been built to give them more strength than a Mark 1 which would help protect the passengers in the event of an accident. A main design change was the curvature of the body work at the bottom & sides to help combat areas of corrosion that had be come apparent on the mark 1 carriages. 

Over the course of Mark 2 carriages being built they started to be segregated into different categories (A,B,C,D,E & F) due to a variety of modifications that were being made during the construction of them. The biggest change came around when the Mark 2Ds started to be constructed in 1971 as they were instead fitted with air conditioning, the main differences was there were no longer any opening windows and that all types were built with Electric Train Heating only from this point onwards. 

Mark 2 Carriages at the MNR:

At present there are 13 Mark 2 carriages on site, with the MNR owning 12 of these: 

Type
Built
Status
Notes
Image
E5211 Tourist Standard Open (TSO - Mark 2
1966 Derby
In Service
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 1993. Vaccum braked & dual heated.
E13446 First Corridor (FK) - Mark 2
1968 Derby
In Service
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 1993. Vaccum braked & dual heated.
E13447 First Corridor (FK) - Mark 2
1968 Derby
In Service
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 1993. Vaccum braked & dual heated.
E1218 Restaurant First Buffet (RFB) - Mark 2f
1973 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2005. Air braked & ETH heated.
E3521 First Open Trolley (FOT) - Mark 2e
1973 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2007. Air braked & ETH heated.
E5219 Tourist Standard Open (TSO ) - Mark 2
1966 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 1993. Vaccum braked & dual heated.
E5255 Standard Open (SO) - Mark 2
1966 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2004. Air braked & ETH heated.
E5309 Tourist Standard Open (TSO) - Mark 2a
1968 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2010. Air braked & ETH heated.
E5630 Tourist Standard Open (TSO) - Mark 2d
1971 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2010.
E9409 Brake Second Open (BSO) - Mark 2
1966 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 1993. Vacuum braked & dual heated.
9496 Brake SecondOpen (BSO) - Mark 2e
1972 Derby
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2019. Air braked & ETH heated.
13252 First Corridor (FK) - Mark 2 Prototype
1962 Swindon
Stored
Owned by the MNR. Been on the railway since 2009. Originally preserved in 1982.
9423 Brake Second Open (BSO) - Mark 2a
1967 Derby
Stored
Owned by the Class 37 Locomotive Group. Been on the railway since 2012 as a support coach.
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