BR 3103 First Open

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3103 First Open
BR 3103 20150307.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways First Open 3103
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Wolverton
Status In use
Number M3103
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
Other numbers SC3103
Built 1961
Diagram 73
Lot 30648
Type FO
TOPS code AD11
1984 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway


BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 1 First Open (FO) No 3103 was built in 1961 at Wolverton to diagram number 73 (AD103), lot number 30648[1] 128 of these vehicles were built 1954-1964, the earliest open to diagram 71 had end doors only, but this diagram had two saloons separated by a cross gangway with centre doors. It was fitted with Commonwealth bogies from new.

Service and preservation

It entered service in 1961 as SC3103 in BRBritish Rail or British Railways's Scottish region, becoming M3103 in the Midland region in February 1964.[1]

Prior to preservation, 3103 had been used as an SAS training vehicle (evidenced by broken table legs and a seat scorched by a stun grenade).[2] It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Oxley, Wolverhampton on 23 July 1984, and was originally overhauled at Bewdley in 1997, with another overhaul and repaint in 2011 (the tyres were turned at Bristol at the same time).

3103 is painted into 1957 Maroon livery with black ends, and is seen paired with Buffet Restaurant carriage (RB) No 1682 for 'Severn Valley Venturer' catering use and special services. It is owned by the SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund[3].

See also


Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey

  1. 1.0 1.1 Longworth (2013) p.42.
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th edition