BR 25346 Standard Corridor

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 25346 Standard Corridor
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Corridor Second 25346
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Wolverton
Status In service
Number M25346
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
Other numbers E25346
Built 1957
Diagram 146
Lot 30349
Type SK
TOPS code AA21
Seats 48
1982 Entered preservation


The BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 Corridor Second (SK) was the most prolific of the Mark 1 passenger stock, with more than 2,200 built. Those in the Western and Southern regions seated eight per compartment, while those on Midland and Eastern routes seated six per compartment. Early examples featured veneered walls, while later batches used formica laminates. The SKs were an early candidate for withdrawal, being replaced by Mark 2 Open, HST sets and Networker Turbo units[1][2].

Service and preservation

25346 was built in 1957 at Wolverton to Diagram 146 (AA201), Lot 30349. As built, 25346 was fitted with Mk2 'Madison Modified' bogies with plain bearings, although it has since been fitted with standard bogies. It entered service in the London Midland region in August 1957, transferring to the Eastern region in June 1977.[3] It was overhauled at York just before being withdrawn in 1982, from where it was acquired by the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Coach Fund.

25346 began life on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in InterCity blue and grey livery, before being repainted into its original Carmine and Cream in 1984. A further repaint into Maroon livery took place in 2002.[2]

It was last overhauled in 2010, and is seen photographed in March 2015 as part of the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon set. It is now owned by the SVR Charitable Trust.

Its appearance was improved in mid-2016 by a "quick repaint". It remains in BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon livery.

See also


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th edition
  2. 2.02.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Charitable Trust
  3. Longworth (2013) pp.137-8.