39-075K BR MK1 BSK Coach in InterCity Exhibitions Livery

Code: BA3451
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39-075K BR MK1 BSK Coach in InterCity Exhibitions Livery

Please note that this is a Bachmann Collectors Club model released to retail and comes with Bachmann Collectors club certificate.

The popular Bachmann Branchline OO scale BR Mark 1 coach is now available as a limited edition in InterCity Exhibitions livery. Part of the Inter-City sectors exhibition train, the vehicle would often tour large areas of the British Rail network and would be stabled in bay platforms at principal stations to allow invited visitors to attend the exhibition.

British Rail had a number of former passenger coaches converted into exhibition vehicles which were allocated to the Director of Public Affairs, British Railways Board along with several cinema coaches which were used at public depot /station open days and for training purposes. Towards the end of their use the train was known as the Ambassador Exhibition Train.

When not in use the fleet was kept at the former Great Western Railway terminus station at Salisbury, Wiltshire which was located alongside the current Salisbury station. This continued until the site was required by Network SouthEast for the building of a new Salisbury Depot to maintain and service the Class 159 units on the London Waterloo to Exeter route.

The Exhibition train comprised a number of specialist vehicles, most of which were converted from LMS or BR Mark 1 coaches. Vehicles were often branded by the company hiring them and the train would be bespoke to each customer’s requirements. Hornby hired the train on at least one occasion and had it stabled at Kensington Olympia during the London Toy Fair which was being held opposite the station in the main hall at Olympia Exhibition Centre. Other hi-profile users included Rank Xerox, and British Telecom. When not painted in a customer’s livery the train returned to the exhibition train livery.

Inside the vehicles would be fitted out with display boards and space to exhibit equipment ranging from model trains to printing machines. If catering was required then it would be provided in one of the coaches and lounge cars could be provided to enable meetings to take place. A generator car was usually provided to power heating and lighting for the entire train and to power ancillary equipment in the catering or cinema coach.