BR 4345 Tourist Standard Open
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4345 Tourist Standard Open|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Tourist Standard Open 4345
|Built By||BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company|
|Livery||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream|
|Other numbers||M4345, E4345|
|1988||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
4345 was built by BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company in 1957 to diagram number 93 (AC204), lot number 20207. It entered service as E4345 in March 1957, briefly becoming W4345 in September 1985 before returning to the Eastern region as E4345 in April 1986. During repairs in 2021 the prefix 'GE' was found under many layers of paint: during its time in the Eastern region it was numbered GE4345, signifying allocation to BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s Great Eastern lines.
In 1985, 4345 and class mate 4593 formed part of the GW 150 exhibition set used by BRBritish Rail or British Railways, for which they received commemorative tables and other modifications to the interior decor.
4345 and 4593 were selected as the best of a number examined at Carnforth, and both arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from there on 16 and 22 March 1988 respectively. At the time they were intended as replacements for two other TSOs, 4399 and 4584, although in the event 4584 was retained until 1995 while 4399 is still resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
4345 received a repaint at Kidderminster on arrival, retaining the BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) chocolate and cream livery which it had carried in the Exhibition train. It remained in this livery until April 1994 when, at the request of owners the Arley Station Fund, it was repainted into BRBritish Rail or British Railways crimson and cream livery during a three month overhaul in Bewdley Paint Shop.
On Monday 28 September 2009, 4345 was the coach next to LMS 43106 when the locomotive’s tender became derailed at Hampton Loade. One of 4345’s buffers was trapped under the derailed tender and had to be removed on site. Other damage to 4345 was relatively minor, although the steam heat shut-off cock on the buffer beam was smashed to pieces while the buckeye coupling and draw bar were also affected. Repairs were carried out at Kidderminster in time for the carriage to be available for traffic the following weekend.
4345 is normally used in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream running set.
- Longworth (2013) p.54.
- Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 87
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 89
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 112
- SVR-Online forum
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 168