Mk2 FIRST 181

181 Mk2 First
Builder BREL, 1969
Withdrawn BR Western Region, 2003
Companies BR, RPSI
Preservation Career 2004 to present
Current Location Whitehead
Current Status Under repair


This former British Railways coach Mk2b arrived at Whitehead on Sunday 13th October 2002, having been overhauled for the RPSI at the Lancastrian Carriage and Wagon Works in Heysham.

Unlike the similar 180, it lacks the fifth centre door on the corridor side.

In 2019, work was undertaken by both Heritage Engineering Ireland and RPSI volunteers which included glazing, steel work, running and brake gear overhaul and interior decor work. Plus a re-paint.

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