BR 4509 Tourist Standard Open

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4509 Tourist Standard Open
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Tourist Standard Open 4509
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways York
Status In service
Number E4509
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
Other numbers GE4509
Built 1956
Diagram 93
Lot 30243
Type TSO
TOPS code AC21
Seats 64 standard
1982 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway


4509 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 Tourist Standard Open (TSO). The ‘Open Second’ seats 64 passengers at tables, with three cross-vestibules to enable speedier loading and unloading of passengers.

4509 in service

4509 was built at York in 1956 to diagram number 93, lot number 30243.[1] It was used in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Eastern region and carried the number GE4509, the prefix denoting that it was allocated for use on the Great Eastern lines.

4509 in preservation

4509 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in June 1982 from York.[2] Subsequently overhauled by SVR(H) as part of the restoration of the set of maroon liveried Mark 1 coaches, 4509 is in regular service and is now normally used in the BR Crimson & Cream running set.

It was owned for many years by SVRSevern Valley Railway 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 and so it is now owned by the SVR Charitable Trust. The Trust has provided new batteries and a slow-speed charging device as an additional improvement.[3]

See also


  1. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. 'BR Rolling Stock', SVR Charitable Trust