Hornby R40348

BR, Mk1 BSO, ADB977135 - Era 8

Manufacturer catalogue image - please note that pre-release images may be CAD renders or CGI images rather than photographs

Prototype Era
Era 8 (1983 to 1994) British Rail Sectorisation

Manufacturer description

British Railways Mark 1 is the family designation for the first standardised designs of railway carriages built by British Railways (BR) from 1951 until 1974, now used only for charter services on the main lines or on preserved railways.

Following nationalisation in 1948, BR had continued to build carriages to the designs of the "Big Four" companies (the Great Western, Southern, London Midland and Scottish and London and North Eastern railways), and the Mk1 was intended to be the standard carriage design for use across all lines, incorporating the best features of each of the former companies' designs. It was also designed to be much stronger than previous designs, to provide better protection for passengers in the event of a collision or derailment.

An unusual feature of the design was the bodyside tumblehome curvature, of 28 ft (8.53 m) radius and just noticeable; the windows had flat glass and consequently the upper quarter was separate and in a different plane from the lower glazing, with an intervening transom, and the steel panels were recessed on either side of each window opening to accommodate the difference between the flat glass and the curved sides. The opening portion of the windows were provided with sliding ventilators, with an external aerofoil for draught-free ventilation, the correct opening position being marked by a pair of arrows.

Doors were provided with frameless droplights manufactured by Beclawat; these were supported by a spring-loaded lazytongs mechanism inside the lower part of the door, and the top of the window had a sprung metal clip engaging in slots on either side of the window opening. Mk1s were painted in a stunning array of liveries, and our model carries with it a smooth and soft blue and grey.

Catalogue listing

Product Code:
2022 Range
Release date:
August 2022

Model details

Grey and Blue
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Blue & Grey
NEM / Tension lock
Running number

Prototype information

Coach type
British Railways Mark 1
BR Departmental
TOPS classification
BSO (Brake Second Open)
Wheel arrangement
Bogies (BR1, BR2, Commonwealth or B4 types used)
1951 to 1963
Built by
BR Workshops Cravens Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company

Buy now from Hornby

Search on Amazon

Search on eBay

Supplier links are provided for your convenience and do not guarantee that the product is currently available. RailwayModels.uk is not a representative of these suppliers, but may receive a commission when purchases are made through links on this page.

Related products

RailwayModels.uk is a Good Stuff website.