Our aims are to restore the unit to its pre refurbishment design and former glory for generations to enjoy. With your help we will make this a reality.
The present 1970's design interior with its bold yellows and oranges, lowered ceilings with fluorescent lighting, InterCity 70 seating and tinted hopper windows will all go to be replaced with restful blue and white panelling, higher curved ceilings with soft incandesdcent light bulbs, plush deep sprung seating with individual reading lamps and traditional sliding opener windows completed with orange curtains. This will recreate the once embraced age of travel where seclusion and comfort were important to the British Railway traveller. It is commonly known that during the fleet's refurbishment program where some original units were running coupled to refurbished units passengers would choose to ride in the original unit over the 'new' unit, an indication of how well the new design was received! Naturally, the elegant Brunswick Green livery will also be reapplied.
Much work has already been undertaken including changing the bogies under the Buffet Car to the original Commonwealth type. Recent efforts have seen a start made on refitting the original style sliding ventilator windows and repainting the Buffet car in its original green livery. Progress on motor coach 61229 is now well advanced at Eastleigh Works with the 1970's design interior fully stripped and much renovation work now completed.