LHCS Mk3’s

10202 – AJ1G Restaurant First Modular – acquired July 2018

10206 – AJ1G Restaurant First Modular – acquired January 2015

12087 – AC2G Tourist Standard Open – acquired August 2017

12134 – AC2G Tourist Standard Open – acquired August 2017

10202

10202 was built as HST Mark 3 Trailer Restaurant Unclassified Kitchen (TRUK) 40504 at Derby Litchurch Lane works under lot number 30884 in 1976 and originally allocated to Western Region services as part of HST set 253004. It was transferred to the Eastern Region, initially into set 254004, when the Western Region reduced their sets to convey only one catering vehicle and became redundant when BR decided that the majority of HST services required only one catering vehicle per set.

In 1984 40504 was one of twelve redundant TRUKs that were selected for conversion to locomotive hauled RFM vehicles under the ‘Cuisine 2000’ project that saw West Coast Main Line catering converted to the ‘modular’ system whereby all stock was pre-loaded to modules that could be quickly wheeled on to the train at principal stations. Renumbered to 10202 in 1987 as the first production RFM vehicle, conversion involved removal of the HST three phase train supply electrical wiring and fitting of standard 850V DC wiring with motor-alternators, fitting of conventional buffers and drop head buckeye coupling and major modifications to the kitchen and serving area.

10202 operated with InterCity West Coast – with a short spell as part of the Class 91 test programme in 1989 – and then Virgin West Coast until locomotive hauled services were replaced by Pendolinos, 10202 then being taken off lease. After a period of storage, 10202 was sold to spot-hire stock provider Cargo-D during 2007 and was repainted into BR blue/grey livery. It saw use on hire to Hull Trains and WSMR, as well as charter train operations. Following the end of Cargo-D operations in 2011 the vehicle was sold to Arriva and stored at Long Marston.

Purchased from Arriva in July 2018, 10202 was moved from Long Marston to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 30 July 2018 for return to service repair work. It re-entered service in August 2018.

10206

10206 was built as HST Mark 3 Trailer Restaurant Unclassified Kitchen (TRUK) 40507 at Derby Litchurch Lane works under lot number 30884 in 1976 and originally allocated to Western Region services as part of HST set 253007. It was transferred to the Eastern Region, initially into set 254007, when the Western Region reduced their sets to convey only one catering vehicle and became redundant when BR decided that the majority of HST services required only one catering vehicle per set.

In 1984 40507 was one of twelve redundant TRUKs that were selected for conversion to locomotive hauled RFM vehicles under the ‘Cuisine 2000’ project that saw West Coast Main Line catering converted to the ‘modular’ system whereby all stock was pre-loaded to modules that could be quickly wheeled on to the train at principal stations. Renumbered to 10206 in 1987, conversion involved removal of the HST three phase train supply electrical wiring and fitting of standard 850V DC wiring with motor-alternators, fitting of conventional buffers and drop head buckeye coupling and major modifications to the kitchen and serving area.

10206 operated with InterCity West Coast – with a short spell as part of the Class 91 test programme – and then Virgin West Coast until locomotive hauled services were replaced by Pendolinos, 10206 being taken off lease in June 2005, before it found its way to Norwich Crown Point for a possible return to service on Anglia services. This never occurred and 10206 became a training vehicle and spares donor. A move to Ilford Works followed and eventually 10206 was stored at Long Marston.

Purchased from Porterbrook in January 2015, 10206 was moved from Long Marston to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 28 March 2015 and following repairs, safety checks and a heavy clean re-entered service in May 2015.

12087

12087 was part of the first batch of production Mark 3A coaches ordered by BR to lot number 30877 in November 1973 and constructed at Derby Litchurch Lane works during 1975/6, coming off the production line at the same time as the first production HST trailers. Built for West Coast main line services, 12087 spent nearly thirty years operating on the route for British Rail and Virgin Trains until being displaced by new Pendolinos in early 2005.

After West Coast service 12087 was stored for a period at the former ICI site at Wilton on Teesside, before the award of a new East Coast franchise meant that in December 2007 12087 was selected to be part of a fleet leased to National Express to provide extra stock for the route. Following the abandonment of that plan 12087 remained stored until purchased by Direct Rail Services in March 2013. Once again, no return to traffic was forthcoming and it was stored at Barrow Hill.

Acquired in August 2017, 12087 was moved from Barrow Hill to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 30 August 2017 and re-entered service in October 2017.

12134

12134 was part of the first batch of production Mark 3A coaches ordered by BR to lot number 30877 in November 1973 and constructed at Derby Litchurch Lane works during 1975/6, coming off the production line at the same time as the first production HST trailers. Built for West Coast main line services, 12134 spent nearly thirty years operating on the route for British Rail and Virgin Trains until being displaced by new Pendolinos in August 2003.

After West Coast service 12134 moved to ScotRail for 16 months from May 2004 until September 2005 to operate on the Edinburgh to North Berwick services. Displaced from Scotland by EMUs, it was then placed into store. Following the award of a new East Coast franchise, in December 2007 12065 was selected to be part of a fleet leased to National Express to provide extra stock for the route. Following the abandonment of that plan 12134 was moved back into storage, initially at the former ICI site at Wilton on Teesside, until purchased by Direct Rail Services in March 2013. Once again, no return to traffic was forthcoming and it was stored at Barrow Hill.

Acquired in August 2017, 12134 was moved from Barrow Hill to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 30 August 2017, where it has been overhauled and returned to service.