New for the 2016 Season!
We are working hard to get the Mk3 Sleeper coach, that resides in the center of the tram track, ready for use by visitors.
We hope to be ready from April onwards!
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!
Currently we are offering the coach primarily to youth organisations, but welcome families subject to minimum charges.
26 Berth (13 bunk rooms) Mk3 sleeper coach accommodation, Toilets and shower facilities in toilet block held within secure compound. Currently the coach is not heated so we recommend that you bring bedding suitable for the weather conditions at the time of your visit.
Camp fire area
Opportunities to complete volunteer work around site for Scout/Guide/DoE awards during the day
If you are interested please contact our marketing officer by clicking here.
Ref: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_Either_Class
Photos : Phil McIver