BR Rolling Stock
British Railway Standard, Tourist Second Open, No 4509
The British Railways design panel produced a range of vehicles that incorporated the best practices of the earlier main line companes. Intended to be built in large numbers over many years at a variety of railway workshops and contractors, they were known as BR Standards, or Mark Ones.
4509 was purchased from York Yard in 1982, having been made redundant by deliveries of Mark III High Speed Trains. 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.
Subsequently overhauled by the SVR (Holdings) as part of the restoration of the set of maroon liveried Mark One coaches, 4509 is in regular service and is displayed in the condition and colours of the period 1958-68, often referred to as 'the end of steam'. The Trust has provided new batteries and a slow-speed charging device as an additional improvement.
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723