August 11, 2004

Mark I carriage

This was a carriage introduced by British Rail in (I think) the early 1960s. It was BR's first stab at its own design of carriage - hence the Mark I designation. Today, it is mainly seen on commuter routes. It is easily recognised by its massively out of date looks and its slam doors. Despite being about the most reliable things on the network, Mark I-based trains are being phased out due to a Health and Safety ruling.

Update 23/08/04

See also:
Mark II coaching stock
Mark III carriage
High speed railways are no fun

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