I presume these are from the Mid Hants based set or from Eastleigh? Could you tell us the coach running numbers as the coaches appear not to have any in the photos?
They are from Riviera Trains at Eastleigh. Not sure of the numbers but they will be appearing on the C&W blog soon. Ps not sure who took the pictures but the camera date is about a month slow.
4986 was the second
The two coaches are TSO's 4986 and 5023, previously based at Eastleigh and purchased from Riviera Trains Limited. They were moved to southampton docks on wednesday, and brought by road from there.
5023 and 4986
Many thanks for the info folks. I guess as relatively high capacity TSOs in good nick (at least from the photos) they will be of considerable value to the GWSR as our railway continues to expand. I quite like the Southern Region green livery but I guess it isn't really accurate for our Western/Midland region!
Blue & Grey livery would be best suited as you can run them mixed with the maroon rake and of coarse in a rake of their own if six are re-painted accordingly. Other premier railways like the ELR & NYMR run Blue & Grey Stock and lets not forget the GWR is home to one of the finest heritage diesel fleets in BR Blue livery
In support of the coach acquisition and before a debate starts on liveries, please note the following extract from the railway's recently approved Heritage Policy.'The Company will operate locomotives and rolling stock that were extant during the period that the railway was operational (1904-1976) and in liveries that were current during this period. The railway is a Heritage Railway and therefore a more modern image is not appropriate in this setting. Sufficient stock should be retained, or sought, to meet the long term aspirations of the railway.'Alan Bielby
Mr Bileby, The corporate blue livery was introduced well before the end of steam in 1968 and i'd say that there was every chance that mixed rakes of maroon and blue/grey stock rattled through Toddington, the last DMU services were in blue/grey