Clive Warneford now takes up the subsequent story of events: -
During late 2006 the coach was attached to the "Watercress Belle" Wine & Dine Train for testing purposes and although not carrying fare paying passengers the coach got a thorough testing of all running equipment, both internally and externally. Various minor faults were discovered, mainly with the Electrical Charging system but these were quickly rectified.On 12th November 2006 the coach was finally commissioned when it was used (static) to celebrate the successful completion of 15 years work and we held our own party in the coach to say thank you to a number of people who had helped us over the years.(Including ourselves! )At the commencement of the 2007 running season, (when a "new" train was advertised..."The Countryman" Sunday Lunch Train), the coach was coupled to the Pullman Car No.351 and attached to the front of the service train on specific Sundays.All ran well and the Plc were pleased with the vehicle and during the first 5 months the coach saw a great deal of use both in Sunday Lunch Trains and Special Hiring’s.
On the morning of Monday 4th June 2007 I received a phone call to say that the coach was on fire!!!..............