12065 – AC2G Tourist Standard Open

12065 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, 12065 spent nearly thirty years operating on the route for British Rail and Virgin Trains until being displaced by new Pendolinos in October 2003.

After West Coast service 12065 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.

12065 at Ruddington in Aug 2018 © Phil Cooke

Following the abandonment of that plan 12065 moved on to Norwich Crown Point depot where it was re-liveried in to National Express East Anglia livery and prepared for use on the London Liverpool St. to Norwich corridor. It never re-entered service and was eventually moved back into storage until purchased by Direct Rail Services in March 2013. Once again, no return to traffic was forthcoming and it was stored at Barrow Hill.

Purchased from Direct Rail Services on 16th August 2017, 12065 was moved from Barrow Hill to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on 29th August 2017.

Having served as a spares donor to support restoration & repairs to the rest of the fleet, 12065 is currently awaiting disposal.

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