Porterbrook donate sleeper coach to Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Coach Sleeper Car // Credit DRC
Sleeper Car // Credit DRC

Didcot Railway Centre (DRC), home of the Great Western Society, have announced that Porterbrook has donated them an Ex-Caledonian Sleeper Coach Mark 3 No.10527.

Following delivery to Didcot West Yard, and movement by Rail with DB Cargo, 10527 has now arrived at the Didcot Railway Centre.

The coach was withdrawn from Caledonian Sleeper services in October 2019. Once a few modifications are made, like supplying power and fitting an alarm, the coach will be ready to house volunteers.

Volunteers are key to running DRC, with the added accommodation allowing more people to stay if needed.

Chief Executive, Emma Jhita, said “We are extremely grateful for Porterbrook for this generous gift. In normal times, our 250 active volunteers contribute around 50,000 hours to restore and maintain our unique collection and help welcome visitors and bring to life the history of the Great Western Railway – anything that helps us to improve the amenities for our working volunteers is very welcome, and this coach will be of particular benefit to those that travel some distance to work on the site. Although we are currently closed, we will be pleased to welcome new volunteers as soon as we are in a position to reopen – whether you want to help run the trains, serve in the shop or tend the gardens within the Centre, we’d love to hear from you.”

For more information or to support Didcot Railway Centre, please visit their website here.

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  1. Porterbrook could of maintained some of the rolling stocks such as the Class 379, Class 360 and other rolling stocks which are to be replaced by new trains.


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