Category:Wheelchair-accessible adapted carriages

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While all trains are wheelchair accessible, due to the historic design of carriages with their narrow doors and gangways, some of the carriages' accommodation is not suitable. The SVRSevern Valley Railway has sought to provide wheelchair-accessible adapted carriages with the support of groups on the railway and external bodies. These specially adapted vehicles, which allow wheelchair access, are available on certain trains and can accommodate wheelchairs that are within the dimensions prescribed in government regulations covering public transport (700mm wide by 1200mm long). Disability-friendly toilets are also fitted in some of these vehicles. The SVRSevern Valley Railway issues ‘Wheelchair Guidance for Passengers’.

The three complete Mark 1 conversions have all used a luggage door.[note 1] 80776 was the first, which used a BG. TSOs 4690 and 4399 followed. The Railway tries to, where possible, provide a disabled access toilet rather than just a large vestibule. This isn't however practicable on 9055 and 26880. 4399 and 4690 have one complete seating bay and half of the next one removed from the toilet end, the vestibule walls removed. The door pillars were moved to accommodate a pair of full width doors. This gives a doorway width of just under 4ft to better provide for disabled ramps and the greater size of some wheelchairs. Removing both toilets gives more space for a fully compliant accessible toilet, into which are also fitted baby changing tables. Carefully planned walls have also allowed for buffet trolleys to pass more easily.[1]

At all stations, excluding Northwood Halt, ramps are available which connect between the train and the platform. The train crew and station staff will assist passengers in wheelchairs if required.

Notable events

The carriages are:

Set Vehicle Notes
Set C, British Rail Mark 1s in Crimson & Cream BR 4399 Tourist Standard Open
Set GW2, GWRGreat Western Railway coaches, in Chocolate & Cream GWR 9581 Wheelchair accessible Buffet Car In course of conversion
Set L, LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway in Maroon LMS Brake Third Corridor 26880
Set L, LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway in Maroon LMS Brake Third Corridor 26921 In course of conversion
Set M, British Rail Mark 1s in Maroon BR 4690 Tourist Standard Open
Set N, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway & GNRGreat Northern Railway Teak Wheelchair Open Third (WTO) 24105
Set S, 'The Severn Valley Limited' diner set in GWRGreat Western Railway Chocolate & Cream BR 80776 Brake Gangwayed Adapted as wheelchair dining car
Set T, the 'Toplights' GWR 9055 Nondescript Saloon Set in occasional use
Class 108 DMU Driving Motor Brake Second M50933


  1. Some conversions use a standard door plus a smaller 'kitchen' door, a one-third width door that was built to that size so an oven tray could be passed through sideways and straight into the oven, which used to sit nearly opposite.


  1. National preservation 28 December 2022
  2. SVRA forum, 5 December 2010 (Retrieved 24 August 2019)


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