This coach has been a star of several film and television productions, including ‘South Riding’, ‘When the Boat comes in’, ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Carrington’ and ‘A Month in the Country’. However, its most famous role was in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, starring Jeremy Brett. The carriage appears several times in the drama, but is centre stage for the scene in which Holmes and Watson step into the coach at Levisham station, only to step out onto the track at the other side.
It is a six-compartment brake third, built in 1907 by RY Pickering & Co. Originally number 2, it later carried the numbers 40, 5040, 25040, 23660, and DE320292.
The coach was in departmental use at York before being purchased by the H&BRSF in 1969.