From Scottish MK3 to Rail Tag

by | Oct 21, 2022

Finally! after months in development we bring you your very own piece of railway history as an ex ScotRail & Great Western Railway MK3 HST Coach joins the Rail Tags fleet in the vibrant First Great Western Dynamic Lines Blue livery.


Seen above is a photo of MK3 coaches 41140 TF, 42287 TS, 42289 TS & 44037 TGS in the far distance at CF Booth Rotherham in August 2020 before scrapping. (photo by Darren JB)


Originally, these coaches were carrying passengers up and down the Great Western Mainline at speeds up to 125mph as a part of Coaching Set OC57 based at Old Oak Common Depot which was closed in 2018, in the same year these coaches were transferred from Great Western Railway to ScotRail for their Inter7City programme as multiple MK3 coaches and Class 43 HST power cars were made redundant by GWR due to the introduction of the Class 800 / Class 802 Multiple Units on mainline services out of London Paddington to the West of England.


GWR Class 802/1 IET BMU entering Reading Station, an example of the rolling stock that replaced the InterCity 125 HST consists on the GWML.

Following their transfer to ScotRail in 2018, these coaches became known as ‘Classic’ coaches and became set HA33 which was based at Haymarket Traction Maintenance Depot. For almost two years set HA33 would serve Scottish Intercity routes until it was withdrawn in April 2020, due to a reduced timetable caused by the CoVID-19 Pandemic. On the 14th of August 2020 HA33 was hauled from Slateford Depot to Booths.

Multiple cuts from the coaches were salvaged upon scrapping including the one used to make our tags which can be seen in the photo below.


The rest is history, fast forward to today a Mark 3 coach is now part of the Rail Tags fleet for all to enjoy, buy yours at