BR Mark I Exhibition Vans

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Between 1970 and 1973 twenty BR Mark I BCK & BSKs were converted to revenue earning Exhibition Vans. Brief details of these are given below.

NumberOriginallyConvertedNotes
99600BSK 34567Wolverton 1970
99601BSK 34577Wolverton 1970
99602BCK 21145Swindon 1972
99603BCK 21082Swindon 1972
99604BCK 21090Swindon 1972
99605BCK 21197Swindon 1972
99606BSK 34504Swindon 1972
99607BSK 34307Swindon 1972
99608BSK 34063Swindon 1972
99609BSK 34303Swindon 1972
99610BSK 34395Swindon 1972
99611BSK 34583Swindon 1973
99612BSK 34690Swindon 1973
99613BSK (A)Swindon 1973
99620BSK 34692Swindon 1973
99621BSK 34697Swindon 1973Continental set
99622BSK 34584Swindon 1973Continental set
99623BSK 34700Swindon 1973Continental set
99624BSK 34084Swindon 1973Continental set
99625BSK 34693Swindon 1973Continental set
(A) – Either 34615 or 34616, references differ. One became Exhibition Van 99613, the other became Test Coach ‘Mentor’

99603/04/05/06/07/11/12/13 saw very little use and were seemingly out of use by 1976 if not earlier. The remainder were still in use in 1979.

During 1978-1979 a further three revenue earning Exhibition Van conversions took place. Brief details of these are given below.

NumberOriginallyConvertedNotes
99629SK 25972Stewarts Lane 1978
99630BSK 34965Stewarts Lane 1979
99631RUO 1018Stewarts Lane 1979

In addition two BR Mark I SKs were converted to Departmental Exhibition Vans. Brief details of these are given below.

NumberOriginallyConvertedNotes
975073SK 241471970Cinema Coach
975074SK 24149 1970

Both of these were often formed in revenue earning Exhibition Trains as well as in BR promotional trains.