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BR Mk1 coaches

Early versions had a wooden veneer finish with, in most cases, a useful lable telling what the wood was and from whence it came. Later versions used plastic laminate which, although lighter and "airier", didn't have the same ambience as the veneered ones.

The seating arrangements in the coaches varied according to usage. The normal in First Class was to have three seats either side of a compartment or a two plus one arrangement in an open saloon. Third/second/standard class, however, was not so straightforward. Whereas compartment stock was mainly of four seats per side, the open saloons had two arrangements, the two plus one arrangement for the longer journeys of the Eastern and Midland regions or the two plus two arrangement for their shorter journeys and for all useage on the Southern and Western regions. To differentiate the former were classified SO whilst the letter were TSO.

 
First class double seat in FO M3116 of 1961, now in service on the Bluebell Railway.

photograph by Peter Richards

First Class seat
 
First Class seat First class single seat in FO M3116.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
First Class seat

Close-up of the seat material used in FO M3116.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
Third Class seat Third/second/standard class seat in TSO M4957 of 1962. Originally a Midland Region coach it was subsequently modified slightly for use on the short-lived "Travelling College" train, in which it was used as a lecture room, and is now another in the Bluebell Railway's carriage fleet

photograph by Peter Richards

 
Third Class seat

Close-up of the seat material used in TSO M4957.

photograph by Peter Richards

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