Quietly and behind the scenes a much valued team of professionals and volunteers have been working on 76084's support coach. It is being load tested out of Carnforth before being taken to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 2nd May 2013. The test run was behind Neil Boden's B1 61306 Mayflower on the mainline.
The coach is BR Mark 1 BSK (Brake Second Corridor) number 35457 which was built at Wolverton in 1963 and at one time formed part of the Heaton Football Set. It was bought jointly by the A1 Trust and Ian Storey, owner of Black Five 44767 George Stephenson and Chairman of 76084 Locomotive Company Limited. The A1 Trust not having a use for it was subsequently bought out.
It spent some time on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where 44767 was based and left the NYMR in March 2011 going to Hepscott initially.
Restoration work was mainly done along side 76084 at Hepscott with the job being finished at Washford Heath by shareholders Mel Chamberlain and Steve M. As the accompanying photograph shows it has been restored to a very high standard and those responsible should be complimented.
35457 forms part of the overall vision for the future use of 76084 on Network Rail metals.
76084 has had another successful summer season on the North Norfolk Railway and should be hauling some of the Santa Specials and Mince Pie Specials over the forthcoming festive season. Our 'Go Mainline' Appeal has brought in sufficient funding for both TPWS and OTMR. We are now part way into raising funds for GSM-R. Please see our 'Go Mainline' Appeal page. We are close to paying back the loan from the NNR but still need financial support to complete the payment for the mainline technologies.
Well done all involved in restoring 35457.More support coach images help 76084 go mainline
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