BR 4690 Tourist Standard Open

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4690 Tourist Standard Open
BR 4690 20150307.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Tourist Standard Open 4690
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways York
Status In service
Number E4690
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
Other numbers NE4690
Built 1957
Diagram 93
Lot 30735
Type TSO
TOPS code AC21
Seats 64 standard (as built)
1982 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley Railway
2007 Conversion to disabled access coach


4690 is a former 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. 4690 has been modified for use as a wheelchair accessible coach.

Service and preservation

4690 as built at York in 1957 to diagram number 93 (AC204), lot number 30375. It went into service on the Eastern Region in August 1957, where it remained apart from an allocation to the Northeast region between February 1965 and January 1968.[1]

It was originally purchased in 1982 by a private owner for use in the SVRSevern Valley Railway, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from York on 21 July 1982.[2] It operated for some years in crimson and cream livery. The owner then sold the carriage to the SVR Wolverhampton Branch who began fund raising to convert it to a fully-equipped disabled access coach. The SVR Rolling Stock Trust later became joint owner to assist with this goal, which was achieved following a major body overhaul at Rampart's Carriage Works, Derby in 2007.[3]

4690 is seen photographed in March 2015 as part of the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon set. On 13 August 2019 it was withdrawn to allow it to have a repaint and repairs, its place being temporarily taken by newly-restored BR 4399 Tourist Standard Open. 4690 remains jointly owned by the SVR Wolverhampton Branch and The SVR Charitable Trust.

See also


  1. Longworth (2013) p.59.
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Charitable Trust