The Yorkshire Wolds Railway today took delivery of the first item of rolling stock at its Sledmere and Fimber site. The coach, built in 1957, is to be restored and will form the basis of our planned Visitor Centre near Sledmere, East Yorkshire. We hope to open the Visitor Centre to the public during 2013.
The coach is a British Railways Mark I Brake Gangway (BG) coach. This design of coach was generally used as a guard van and luggage store, and as such consists of large internal spaces rather than seating compartments, which makes it ideal for use as the YWR Visitor Centre. It is about 18 metres / 60 feet long and weighs 32 tonnes. The coach had previously been owned privately and based at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. The purchase of the coach has been funded out of existing reserves and by generous loans and donations from our members.