The Shillingstone Railway Project based at Shillingstone station, opened in 1863 and owned by the Dorset Central Railway, has acquired a former main line coach to add to its inventory of railway items.
The coach, transported by road from Chilmark, is a Mark 3 Buffet Car built for British Rail in 1970 at their Derby works.
The Mk 3 saw service with British Rail before joining the ranks of Virgin Trains rolling stock where it worked until retirement in 2002. It was then stored until 2005 and was used by the Army for bomb disposal training.
The Shillingstone Railway Project plan to restore the Mk 3 coach - which at time of writing still carries the early Virgin Trains livery - hoping to run it on their 1/4 mile of track from Shillingstone station pending planning permission.