BR Mk1 TSO № M3919

№ M3919 is a BR Mk 1 Tourist Second Open (TSO) coach which was assembled at Eastleigh Works and originally numbered № S3919. The order lot which included S3919 was issued in April 1953, with order completion noted in January 1955 with M3969.

British Railways Southern Region rebogied № S3919 with Commonwealth bogies (to improve the coach ride characteristics) and also fitted Air brakes. At some point the coach was transferred to the London Midland region of British Rail (BR) which saw the coach renumbered from № S3919 to № M3919

The coach was authorised to become a Class 90 Driver Training Train Coach numbered as DB977624, but the conversion was cancelled.

Purchased from Etches Park, Derby, № M3919 passed into preservation during 1990.

  1. Crimson & Cream, also known as Blood & Custard livery when built, with Gold/Yellow & black lining.
  2. Light green, (malachite green?) painted sometime after April 1956.
  3. Darker green, a dark malachite/coaching stock green painted sometime after April 1956.
  4. British Railways post 1956 Maroon (not confirmed, but theoretically possible).
  5. BR Blue & Grey post 1964 Corporate livery.
  6. Preserved & Current livery: a version of BR Maroon.

Interestingly the numerically adjacent coach, № 3918 can be found preserved at the Rushden Transport Museum, Rushden, Northamptonshire.

№ M3919 is owned by the Northampton & Lamport Railway Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Donations and volunteers wanting to help restore, maintain and operate the coach are welcome.
Please see https://www.nlr.org.uk/nlrps/volunteering-nlrps/ for more details on becoming a Volunteer Working Member or https://www.nlr.org.uk/nlrps/memberships/ if you would like to show your support by being a member of the railway.

№ M3919 arrived in 1990 and was deposited on two rails laid on their sides, it has since been restored, fitted with vacuum brakes and repainted into BR maroon livery.

№ M3919 arrived in 1990 and was deposited on two rails laid on their sides,
it has since been restored, fitted with vacuum brakes and repainted into BR maroon livery.

Coach BR BR Mk1 TSO
Built: 1953 or 1954 Works №: 3919
Builder: BR Eastleigh
(bodywork & assembly)
BR Ashford
(underframe)
Type: BR Mk1 TSO
Diagram №: 93 (New AC204) Weight: 32 / 33 ton
Length: 64 ft 6 in over body Lot №: 30086
№ of Seats: 64 Second Class Load Capacity: N/A
Made Redundant / Withdrawn: N/A Date Preserved: 1990
Arrived at NLR: 30th March 1990 Current Status: Under restoration