The Story of RBr No.1973 by Clive Warneford Chairman of the Owning Group.
All Photographs Clive Warneford
The story of this coach, as far as we, the owners are concerned began as far back as the late 1980's. We had been running a Wine & Dine Train of Privately owned Stock on the Watercress Line in Hampshire, very successfully since 1982.
This train consisted of RB 1668,FO's 3065 & 3070, (with FO 3067 as a spare) and an ex-LMS BG as the brake coach. This vehicle was replaced with a BCK on loan from the Mid-Hants Railway., inside which we built a generator and staff facility. This vehicle was not in the best of condition and a replacement was sought, subsequently we purchased an Mk1 BG No.84101 which arrived at Alton and onto the Mid Hants Railway by rail on December 24th 1986.This vehicle is still in use with the train today. During June 1987, we were asked if we would allow our coaches to go on a Main Line run to Woking, but this would involve taking the train to Selhurst Depot for under frame overhaul. We had long sought that the coaches should be painted in a distinct livery and apart from the BG the rest of the coaches were painted in Chocolate & Cream, lined out in simplified Pullman.