During 2016 we undertook a refresh of the MK3 Sleeper coach that resides in the yard next to our tram track, and we are using the money raised by charges to use it, to slowly improve facilities.
Currently we are offering the coach primarily to youth organisations on a Saturday, but welcome families and adult groups subject to minimum charges.
We recommend visiting during the running season (Easter to September) but can make accommodation available outside of these date.
We are trying to limit groups to 1 or 2 a month, and we get booked up very quickly.
Bookings are made by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we recommend a site visit after making a provisional booking.
We are on the approved location list for Girl Guiding Shropshire.
Booking form available for download here
Draft risk assessment for download here
Draft itinerary to give an idea of timings for download here
A bit of history:
A total of 208 vehicles were built at Derby Carriage and Wagon Works by British Rail Engineering Limited between 1982–1984 to the British Rail Mark 3A profile for British Rail. They were introduced to replace an ageing fleet of Mark 1 sleeper cars built to various designs and which dated from the late 1950s to early 1960s. The order consisted of 90 SLE variants, numbered 10646–10734, were constructed with thirteen bedrooms each, and 118 SLEP variants, numbered 10500–10617 constructed with twelve bedrooms with the last compartment used for an attendant.
As of 2016, the only mainline operators of these type of carriages are Great Western Railway on the Night Riviera and Serco on the Caledonian Sleeper.
With the decline of overnight sleeper services in the United Kingdom shortly after their introduction at the end of the 1980s, many of the carriages later were moved to heritage railways to provide sleeping accommodation for heritage staff and volunteers.
Between 1988–1998, ten SLE carriages were leased to Danish State Railways (DSB) for use in Denmark. This lease came to an end following the opening of the Great Belt Fixed Link combined bridge and tunnel. During this time, the vehicles were classified as WLABr and each carried a UIC number.
Our coach was taken out of service with DSB (Danish State Railway) and was then purchased by Telford Steam Railway.
The coach itself still wears it’s DSB livery, and still contains some of the onboard magazines, leaflets and restaurant car vouchers. The name of the last users are still marked by the doors to each birth!
26 Berth (13 bunk rooms, some of which have adjoining doors which make them suitable for groups of 4 people) Mk3 sleeper coach accommodation. Bottom sheets and pillows can be provided (for a small charge if required, please bring sheet sleepers if not), users should bring sleeping bags or duvets.
Trip on the train on the Sunday morning
Hot Chocolate can be provided for the campfire
For Youth Organisations we typically charge £8 per child (leaders free), and an optional £3 for breakfast on Sunday (cooked breakfast, cereal, toast and a drink), Adult groups vary in price depending on size and nature. If you want to borrow a sheet, pillow and pillow case there is a charge of £1 to cover laundry.
Hope to see you soon!
Ref: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_Either_Class
Photos : Phil McIver