BR 80776 Brake Gangwayed
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 80776 Brake Gangwayed|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Gangwayed Full Brake 80776
|Built By||BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Smethwick|
|Livery||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Brown & Cream|
|Seats||None (as built)|
|1995||'Coach of the year' award|
The BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 Full Brake (BG) did not contain passenger seating. The central Guard's area was flanked by large luggage compartments at each end of the carriage. Passengers could pass through the carriage via a gangway along one side.
Service and preservation
80776 was built by BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company in 1956 to Diagram 711 (NA501), Lot 30140. It entered service in the Eastern region in December 1955, remaining allocated to that region until withdrawal in 1986.
80776 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 25 November 1986 from Bristol. It was heavily rebuilt with components from Open Seconds and Corridor Seconds to achieve a conversion to a passenger carrying vehicle for up to 16 wheelchair users. Seating is provided for 15 accompanying passengers, and a disabled access WC is included. 80776 won the Association of Railway Preservation Societies' “Coach of the Year” award upon completion in 1995.
80776 was used in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream running set, and until 2016 was owned by the SVR Wolverhampton Branch. However in that year it was sold to the SVR Charitable Trust for safekeeping and further conversion to a "Wheelchair Diner" providing much needed access to the SVRSevern Valley Railway's Dining Services. Work started in April 2018. It was used in 2019 Christmas services.
- ↑ Longworth (2013) p.189.
- ↑ SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- ↑ SVRSevern Valley Railway News 203
- ↑ SVRSevern Valley Railway News 210