British Railways Mk 1 carriages

Railway Realism:
British Railways Mk 1

Born out of necessity and constructed in a time of skill and material shortage the BR Mk 1 coach was one of the outstanding success stories of the nationalisation era. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back on its history.

BR Mk 1 at 70

Above: The British Railways Mk 1 carriage fleet travelled system wide transporting everyone from holiday makers to businessmen. In 1960 ‘Warship’ D805 Benbow passes through Dawlish with an up express formed of chocolate and cream liveried Mk 1s. Cecil Ord/Rail Archive Stephenson.

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