Following on from yesterdays article about recycling railway Locomotives, I would like to focus on another way that the railway industry is re-using parts of the Caledonian Sleeper train.
The Caledonian Sleeper is one of two overnight trains that still runs when most people are asleep. The two main routes are London to Scotland and London to the West Country.
2019 saw the arrival of a brand new sleeper train for Serco in the form of
‘Mark 5’ sleeping carriages. These modern counterparts are a world away from the original sleeper carriage design in the 1800s. The trains that Serco has been using for the Caledonian Sleeper since they took over the service dates back to the 1970s.
When trains come to the end of their working life they often end up in scrap yards becoming the next baked bean tin. Sometimes they are offered into railway preservation which gives them a new life. It’s very uncommon for steam railway to run a night service and you don’t see many sleeper train carriages preserved in the way you would see a steam engine preserved.
A selection of places you will be able to see them preserved are the East Lancashire Railway, Bo’ness in Scotland and the Bluebell Railway who’ve aquired them for staff accomodation.
Hopefully we will be seeing more projects like this where railway companies can possibly change the future by recycling.