The Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO owns coach No.3919, which is a BR Mk 1 Tourist Second Open (TSO) coach built at Eastleigh Works in 1955.
The coach arrived at the NLR in 1990, but was in need of significant restoration.
Restoration began in earnest in 2016 and is being undertaken by a group of our volunteers. The restoration is expected to cost roughly £25,000 in total.
To date the southern seating compartment has been painstakingly restored to a very high standard (see photo below). The northern end of the coach has also had structural steelwork repairs. Work is currently underway on the northern seating compartment.
Essential works still outstanding include:
1). Restoration of northern, southern and central vestibule areas, with repairs to doors, floors, toilet compartments, etc.
2). Repairs to structural steelwork on the southern end
3). Repairs to external bodywork sheets and complete external re-paint
4). Repairs to the underframe including: brakes, brake blocks, bogies, etc.
The coach will be restored in crimson and cream (aka 'blood and custard') livery.
Once complete it will give visitors to the railway the chance to experience genuine 1950s rail travel in the UK.
Please donate today to make this project a reality.
For more information on the restoration to date, please visit the NLR's dedicated project webpage here: https://www.nlr.org.uk/restoration-of-br-mk1-tso-coach-m3919/