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You are riding in E4690, built in Derby as a 64 seat Tourist Second class Open coach. It served British Rail on the North Eastern Region and was eventually withdrawn from service as surplus to requirements at York in 1982. It was purchased for preservation on the S.V.R. arriving on the 21st June that year and went straight away into service needing only a sweep out. It was repainted into 1950's Carmine and Cream livery later and in the early 1990's again this timewith window repairs and welding work. 4690 was sponsored by a member, Charles Jackson, who later emigrated and sold the coach to the Wolverhampton Branch of the S.V.R. Association whose speciality in raising funds for diability access works projects on the railway. 4690 was parially dismantled before work faltered at Bewdley. Resolution came with the donation of a half share in 4690 to the newley formed SVR Rolling Stock Trust Co a registered charity (no. 1092723). The Trust organised the overhaul of 4690's body, conversion work at the lavatory end to allow double access doors and jointly funded with the SVR(A) Wolverhampton Branch the total refurbishment to service of this essential vehicle. Completed in June 2008 at Kidderminster 4690 is the third wheelchair access and Disabled lavatory vehicle on the S.V.R. The alterations were done in such a way that much of the 1957 original material has been reused. “British Railways” built it in 1957 - they just put the pieces in the wrong place!, says the designer. 4690 now runs in 1958 -style B.R. Maroon, a livery it would have received at its first general overhaul circa 1961-2. Overhaul and conversion in 2007-8 cost £45,000, and was planned five years before the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. 4690 has room for 4 - 5 wheelchairs, a larger conversion also funded by the SVR(A) Wolverhampton Branch 17 years earlier is capable of taking 16 - 20 by prior booking.


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Created by: [Mail Us] Dave Rowley, June 24th 2003
Last modified by: Dave Rowley, August 4th 2008
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Created by: [Mail Us] Dave Rowley, June 24th 2003
Last modified by: Dave Rowley, August 4th 2008
iations were built, obviously 1st. and 2nd. Class; side corridor and open coaches and even catering and sleeping cars. The idea was to combine the best features of four pre-nationalisation companies and build a vehicle able to travel widely on a railway system with its many space restrictions.

All ‘standard’ passenger stock includes a very strong underframe (chassis) with heavy steel upright pillars at each end. The body is formed of steel sections, with plate used for the outer skin and either plywood panels or patent finishes within. A strong automatic coupler, combined with the corridor connection holds the train together, and was a great improvement on the flexible gangways used by two of the earlier ‘big four’. Electric tungsten lighting was at first universal, the power provided by a bulbous dynamo slung between the bogies and belt driven from an inner axle. Toilets were provided in many of the coaches featuringthe new material, Formica to give a modern image.

The original bogie was a weak point, having been derived from a previous design. Excellent riding qualities when new soon became much less obvious at high speed. Many variations were tried and at last, either the British B4 or US inspired ‘Commonwealth’ bogie gave a smoother ride. Brakes operated by a vacuum created by the locomotive were at first the standard, but surviving stock on the main line is now often stopped by compressed air. Vertical cylinders seen between the bogies, operate the brakes on each wheel through a series of rods and cranks. Heating was at first by steam from the engine, but electric power from the same source became usual after the 1955 modernisation programme. Mk. 1. day coaches weigh between 32 and 37 tons, depending on their internal layout and type of bogie used.

You are riding in E4690, built in Derby as a 64 seat Tourist Second class Open coach. It served British Rail on the North Eastern Region and was eventually withdrawn from service as surplus to requirements at York in 1982. It was purchased for preservation on the S.V.R. arriving on the 21st June that year and went straight away into service needing only a sweep out. It was repainted into 1950's Carmine and Cream livery later and in the early 1990's again this timewith window repairs and welding work. 4690 was sponsored by a member, Charles Jackson, who later emigrated and sold the coach to the Wolverhampton Branch of the S.V.R. Association whose speciality in raising funds for diability access works projects on the railway. 4690 was parially dismantled before work faltered at Bewdley. Resolution came with the donation of a half share in 4690 to the newley formed SVR Rolling Stock Trust Co a registered charity (no. 1092723). The Trust organised the overhaul of 4690's body, conversion work at the lavatory end to allow double access doors and jointly funded with the SVR(A) Wolverhampton Branch the total refurbishment to service of this essential vehicle. Completed in June 2008 at Kidderminster 4690 is the third wheelchair access and Disabled lavatory vehicle on the S.V.R. The alterations were done in such a way that much of the 1957 original material has been reused. “British Railways” built it in 1957 - they just put the pieces in the wrong place!, says the designer. 4690 now runs in 1958 -style B.R. Maroon, a livery it would have received at its first general overhaul circa 1961-2. Overhaul and conversion in 2007-8 cost £45,000, and was planned five years before the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. 4690 has room for 4 - 5 wheelchairs, a larger conversion also funded by the SVR(A) Wolverhampton Branch 17 years earlier is capable of taking 16 - 20 by prior booking.


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Created by: [Mail Us] Dave Rowley, June 24th 2003
Last modified by: Dave Rowley, August 4th 2008