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BR Mk.1 Composite Sleeping Car No. 2442
(Queen of Scots 'Service Car No.2')

For Sale - please email Richard Salmon, < blog @ bluebell-railway . co . uk >
for more information.

2442 - Richard Salmon - 1 September 2020

The carriage as repaired for potential further use, but now offered for sale
(photo taken September 2020)

This BR designed sleeping car was used, before arrival on the Bluebell, for staff accommodation for the luxury Queen of Scots touring train. In this, for a few thousand pounds, you can tour the highlands of Scotland. The day accommodation for this train is in pre-grouping coaches of East Coast Joint Stock and London & North Western Railway origin.

It was the livery of this latter railway in which the (rather more modern) sleeping cars were painted. Falling visitor numbers from the States, and a move to static hotel-based overnight stops, led to several of these vehicles falling surplus. This coach was initially one of 5 on loan to the Bluebell, but when the others departed, it remained for use as staff accomodation at Sheffield Park - especially useful for those who have to be up at 5am to light up the engines.

Withdrawn from this use due to its deteriorating condition, it was the subject of an abortive reconstruction which would have seen it return to use with each pair of old compartments knocked into one, with en-suite facilities, but the project was never completed, and the vehicle is now being offered for sale.

Service Car No.2 - Richard Salmon - 26 May 2003

Compartment side of the carriage, in its original Queen of Scots livery (26 May 2003)

Service Car No.2 - Richard Salmon

The corridor side of the carriage, when it used to be in the pump-house siding (1990s)


BR Mk.1 Sleeper Composite (SLC)
Built: 1961, Wolverton
Capacity: 5 first class and 12 second class berths
Original No: M2442
Later No: TOPS 99888, QoS "88, Service Car No.2"
Rebuilt: as Staff Sleeper
Length: 63' 6"
To Bluebell: 15 March 1992

Further photos of its current condition - September 2020 - click on each photo for an enlargement.

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