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BR coach 35386
Moved to Asfordby for storage 2/11. At GCR by April 2016. Quorn for refurb by 6/19
Preserved Railway / Museum:
Great Central Railway
Preserved vehicles
975xxx series


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  • 975397

    16 April 2006 - Tim Easter

    Does anyone know when this car gained the windows in this end? Trying to find a pic of it like so in maroon but failing!

  • 975397

    19 September 2006 - SD0853

    This coach is now back at the RTC in Derby

  • 975397

    2 October 2006 - Alan Barrow

    Has any one have photos of this coach in blue and red, plus photos of both sides ???

  • 975397

    4 January 2007 - ian saunders

    is this coach still this colour ?

  • 975397

    5 January 2007 - SD0853

    It's still in this livery, well, it was when I walked past it in the RTC yard today.

  • 975397

    21 February 2007 - Dave Bower

    Mod info:- In 1988 the inward opening door at 'A' end RHS was fitted and twin set of brake & main res air pipes at 'A' end only. The 'A' end windows were added in Sept 1990, as was the 'B' end extra side window and the inward opening door at 'A' end LHS.

  • 975397

    16 March 2007 - Jon Horswell

    Anyone got a picture of this in chocalate & cream. That looked quite smart with wasp stripes !!

  • 975397

    2 May 2007 - Dave Bower

    Test Car 2 was never painted in choc & cream. Liveries since 1976 blue/red, maroon and Serco livery.

  • 975397

    2 May 2007 - SD0853

    I think the only test car to be Choc and Cream was the Auto Coach(Test Car 1), but that paint scheme was autentic and it carried on all the way around the vehical. Other than that, I don't think any other test cars have been painted in this livery

  • 975397

    14 May 2007 - Jon Horswell

    I realised that mistake soon after i had posted my original comment. It looked good in maroon though!!!

  • 975397

    12 November 2007 - ian saunders

    this photo is definatly not 1988, could posibly be 1998 or later

  • 975397

    12 November 2007 - bob-a-job

    or 1994 at the earliest...

  • 975397

    16 November 2007 - Simon Bendall

    Serco livery did not appear until 1997, so can't be before then.

  • 975397

    7 April 2009 - Dave Coxon

    The second Test Car 2 ADB 975397 pictured in the EDU around 1990 was converted from a Mk1 BSK. This followed the demise of the original ex-LNER Test Car 2 in an accident on the Crewe - Winsford slip brake testing work in the mid-1970's.

    Generally used on freight vehicle testing particularly slip tests at Crewe

  • 975397

    8 April 2009 - SD0853

    Due an outing soon with NWR's new "Switch Tilter"

  • 975397

    26 August 2012 - robert munday

    What test car is this? Thanks

  • 975397

    27 August 2012 - robert bateman

    test car 2 robert

  • 975397

    27 August 2012 - robert bateman

    this is the 3rd test car 2 used for brake testing

  • 975397

    17 November 2012 - Ben Williams

    Is this still at Asfordby? Sightings update useful please

  • 975397

    15 August 2018 - Dave Bower

    This test coach was first used by the DM&EE in 1974, after the original Test Car 2 was damaged during a test, and subsequently withdrawn from use and scrapped. This replacement coach was built in 1962 at Wolverton in Lot 30699 as a British Rail Mk 1 BSK number 35386 and fitted with Commonwealth bogies. The coach was temporarily adapted for use by the DM&EE and renumbered ADB975397 in 1974, receiving various further modifications in 1976 to become the second generation Test Car 2 with a TOPS code of QXX. Test Car 2 was predominantly used for slip/brake testing, being a regular visitor to the normal slip/brake test site on the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Winsford. More details about Test Car 2 and slip/brake testing can be found in my book about ‘Rail Vehicle Testing’ ISBN- 9781999935603.

  • 6 June 2019 - Ross Alexander Loades

    The coach has been moved to Quorn. It's currently undergoing a repaint to tidy it up. We've recently got the generator up and running. I'll try and post updates here as and when, but for those curious, we have a blog that get updated every week.

  • 21 July 2023 - Ben Williams

    In action tomorrow