10206 – AJ1G Restaurant First Modular

Built as HST Mk. 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, 40507 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 were selected for conversion to loco 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, the conversion involved removal of the HST three phase train supply electrical wiring and fitting of standard 850V DC wiring with a motor alternator, fitting of conventional buffers and drop head buckeye coupling, reseating with 24 first class seats of the IC75 variety and major modifications to the kitchen and serving area.

10206 continued to operate with InterCity West Coast and then Virgin West Coast until loco hauled services were replaced by Pendolinos. A period in store followed before 10206 found its way to Norwich Crown Point where it was to be returned to service on Anglia services although this never occurred and 10206 became a training vehicle and spares donor. A move to Ilford Works followed when the vehicle was earmarked to be refurbished to provide additional services on East Coast.

This project was also cancelled and eventually 10206 returned to store at Long Marston.

Purchased from Porterbrook Leasing on 1st January 2015, 10206 was moved from Long Marston to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 28th March 2015 and following repairs, safety checks and a heavy clean re-entered service on 11th July 2015 and therefore has become the first former production HST vehicle in preservation..

12092 10206 11074 Wabtec Kilmarnock (c)125 Group

In December 2015 this vehicle along with the groups other MK3 carriages headed north from Ruddington to Kilmarnock works in Scotland for a repaint into the same livery as 41001 to replicate the Prototype HST look. M10206 along with our other two MK3 coaches returned south on February 12th 2016 and entered service at the GCR(N) the following day.

The 125 Group’s freshly painted MK3 RFM No. M10206, stands at Ruddington Fields, Great Central Railway – Nottingham, 13th February 2016. (c) Jamie Rowley

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