BR Mark 2
BR Mark 2 in BR 'Crimson and Cream'



In Service



64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)

Number Built




The British Railways Mark 2 is a type of carrige that was constucted between 1963 - 1975 and are still in service today.


The Mark 2 was much stronger than the original British Railways Mark 1 Coach and was also cheaper to repair. The Mark 2 was so poular other than British Railways it was used on the InterCity (British Rail) network and the First ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services.


The British Railways Mark 2 KF Prototype Coach is preserved by the York National Railway Mueseum and based at the Mid-Norfolk Railway


Design Built Features
Mark 2 1964–66 The basic model, with pressure ventilation and wood panelling. Fitted with vacuum brakes, so they could run with Mark 1 stock. Dual heating steam/electric. Later some were fitted with air disc brakes for Edinburgh - Glasgow Push-Pull services with class 27's
British Railways Mark 2A Coach 1967–68 Adoption of more features from the XP64 set. Air braked so had to run in dedicated sets.
British Railways Mark 2B Coach 1969 Centre door omitted and wide wrap-round doors at the ends
British Railways Mark 2C Coach 1969–70 Lower ceiling with provision for ducts for air conditioning (never fitted)
British Railways Mark 2D Coach 1971–72 Air conditioned so no opening windows in the seating area, glass area reduced, windows tinted. Electric heating only from here onward.
British Railways Mark 2E Coach 1972–74 Luggage racks fitted opposite toilet cubicles, which were reduced in size
British Railways Mark 2F Coach 1973–75 Interior panelling made of plastic, new-style seating, automatic gangway doors, lower bodyside heaters. These features had first debuted on the Mark 3 prototypes.

The final Mark 2 carriage was departmental 999550, in 1977. It is still in service with Network Rail.

==Produced Coaches (BR Stock only]]

mark type quantity original numbers
mk.2 Pullman Kitchen First (PK) 8 500–507
mk.2 Pullman Parlour First (PC) 14 540–553
mk.2 Pullman Brake First (PB) 7 580–586
mk.2C Open First (FO) 18 3152–3169
mk.2D Open First (FO) 47 3170–3216
mk.2E Open First (FO) 55 3221–3275
mk.2F Open First (FO) 164 3276–3439
mk.2 Tourist Open Second (TSO) 59 5070–5228
mk.2 Open Second (SO) 28 5229–5256
mk.2A Tourist Open Second (TSO) 177 5257–5433
mk.2B Tourist Open Second (TSO) 64 5434–5497
mk.2C Tourist Open Second (TSO) 118 5498–5615
mk.2D Tourist Open Second (TSO) 128 5616–5743
mk.2E Tourist Open Second (TSO) 160 5744–5804, 5809–5907
mk.2F Tourist Open Second (TSO) 277 5908–6184
mk.2 Open Brake Second (BSO) 36 9381–9416
mk.2A Open Brake Second (BSO) 22 9417–9438
mk.2C Open Brake Second (BSO) 40 9439–9478
mk.2D Open Brake Second (BSO) 17 9479–9495
mk.2E Open Brake Second (BSO) 14 9496–9509
mk.2F Open Brake Second (BSO) 30 9510–9539
mk.2 Corridor First (FK) 71 13252, 13361–13406, 13410–13433
mk.2A Corridor First (FK) 42 13434–13475
mk.2B Corridor First (FK) 38 13476–13513
mk.2C Corridor First (FK) 48 13514–13561
mk.2D Corridor First (FK) 49 13562–13610
mk.2 Corridor Brake First (BFK) 28 14028–14055
mk.2A Corridor Brake First (BFK) 48 14056–14103
mk.2B Corridor Brake First (BFK) 9 14104–14112
mk.2C Corridor Brake First (BFK) 26 14113–14138
mk.2D Corridor Brake First (BFK) 34 14139–14172

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