Coach­ing stock

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Both the ‘Low­lan­der’ and ‘High­lander’ trains use a mix­ture of Mk 3 and Mk 2 coaches. Many still carry First Sco­trail colours, but sev­eral have been re­painted in Cale­do­nian Rail­way’s smart, dark turquoise liv­ery. The cur­rent fleet com­prises the fol­low­ing ve­hi­cles: Mk 2e Open Brake Un­clas­si­fied (built 1972/73, con­verted from Mk 2e SOS): 9800-9810 Mk 2f Sleeper Re­cep­tion (built 1973/74, con­verted from Mk 2f FOS): 6700-6708 Mk 3a Sleep­ing Car with Pantry (built 1981-83): 10501/502, 504, 506-508, 513, 516, 519/520, 522/523, 526/527, 529, 531, 542-544, 548, 551, 553, 561/562, 565, 580, 597/598, 600, 605, 607, 610, 613/614, 617 Mk 3a Sleep­ing Car (built 1980-1985): 10648, 650, 666, 675, 680, 683, 688-690, 693, 699, 703, 706, 714,718/719, 722/723 Fresh paint can’t hide the age of these ve­hi­cles, and one of the first things Serco did when it took on the fran­chise in 2015 was or­der new coaches. Span­ish train builder CAF is sup­ply­ing four vari­a­tions on what will be Bri­tain’s new­est stan­dard coach de­sign (clas­si­fied Mk 5) for the ‘Sleeper’. They should en­ter ser­vice later in the year. The Mk 5 fleet com­prises: Sleeper with Brake (num­bers 15001-15011) Sleep­ing Car Lounge (15101-15110) Sleep­ing Car Fully Ac­ces­si­ble (15201-15214) Sleep­ing Car (15301-15340) There is a down­side to the Mk 5s: Class 47, 67, 86, 87 and 90 can’t haul them be­cause they have Dell­ner cou­plings and lack hook and chain cou­plings. That said, the fu­ture of Mk 2 and Mk 3 coaches isn’t en­tirely bleak. Cale­do­nian Sleeper is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it can use these ve­hi­cles on a new, ‘in­ter­nal’ Scot­tish sleeper ser­vice to places such as Thurso and Wick.

Mk 2f

Mk 3a

Mk 5

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