BR MK1 BCK Coach, Car No. 355 in SLOA Pullman Livery

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OO scale Pullman Coach Car No.355

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BR MK1 BCK Coach, Car No. 355 in SLOA Pullman Livery

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Our OO scale BR Mark 1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) coach is decorated in the attractive Pullman Umber and Cream livery as Car No. 355 that operated as part of the SLOA charter rake from the early 1980s onwards.

The Steam Locomotive Operators Association (SLOA) was formed in 1975 to bring together steam locomotive owners and groups who wished to run on the main line. The SLOA recognised that the number of vacuum braked and steam heated coaches was in decline in the 1970s so in 1981, in order to preserve steam haulage on the main line, they purchased a rake of eight 1960 built Metropolitan Cammell Mark 1 Pullman vehicles. Two standard BR Mark 1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) vehicles were also sourced to provide the necessary guards’ accommodation. SLOA quickly realised that to operate, hire and maintain these vehicles was a fully commercial venture and so in 1984 the vehicles were handed over to a company set-up for this purpose, Pullman Rail.

The SLOA charter rake was formed of Parlour Second (SP) vehicles as-well as Bar Second (BSP) ‘The Hadrian Bar’ and the two Mark 1 BCKs. Both types of Pullman vehicle feature in the Graham Farish (N) and Bachmann Branchline (OO) range with the SP appearing in a number of guises over the years, therefore the introduction of our new brake coach allows modellers in either scale to create an authentic SLOA rake using ready to run models for the first time.

Car No. 355 was one of 16 vehicles built by BR Swindon Works to diagram 171 as part of lot 30669. With construction completed in 1962, the coach was out-shopped as No. M21249 for operation on the London Midland Region. SLOA purchased the vehicle in 1981 when it received the running number 99355 under TOPS. The second BCK required for the charter rake was purchased by the National Railway Museum in 1981 and loaned to the SLOA before being purchased by Pullman Rail in 1984. The coach remains in service today and is now used as a support coach for the new-build A1 Pacific locomotive ‘Tornado’.

Technical Specification

  • Size/Scale:  OO Scale
  • Released:  Summer 2015
  • Number Produced:  504 certificated pieces
  • Era:  7, 8
  • DCC Pin Value:  n/a
  • DCC Status:  n/a
  • Paint Finish:  Pristine
  • Length:  270mm
  • Features:  NEM coupling pockets, Blackened wheels, Separately fitted detail parts, Suitable for use with Bachmann Branchline MK1 Pullman Coaches.