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As of 13 November 1978 the numbers for BREL built Enterprise stock was as follows:

547 - Grill/Bar car Mk11b bodyshell, B4 bogie
801 - First class (open) Mk11b bodyshell, B4 bogie
811-812 - Brake driving trailer standard class (open), Mk11b bodyshell, B4 bogie
813 - Driving trailer first (open) Mk11c bodyshell, B4 bogie
821-824 - Standard class (open), Mk11b bodyshell, B4 bogie
825-828 - Standard class (open), Mk 11c bodyshell, B4 bogie

Source: "Locomotives & Rolling Stock of CIE and NIR" - O.Doyle and S.Hirsch. Published 1979 Signal Press, Malahide Co.Dublin. ISBN 0 906591 00 7

The mono photos in the book suggest the stock was in the silver / blue scheme you have already modelled by this date but there does not appear to be a "InterCity" in the logo in the photos.

I hope this may help

David
 

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As far as I can tell, the earliest photo on the foto-optic site is 1985. Those in the book I am quoting from will be 1978 or earlier.

With regard to more stock, the introduction to the coaching section states this about NIR coaches for the Enterprise:-

"In 1970 in an effort to boost cross-border travel, NIR introduced the locomotive hauled 'Enterprise' train and a fleet of eight coaches were acquired initially with the addition of a further five two years later".

That's 13 vehicles and if my maths is correct, there are 13 vehicles in the list I posted - 8 Mk11b based and 5 Mk11c.

All this means is that the other vehicles you have seen were introduced after November 1978. The 81x number series for driving trailers is a logical extension of existing stock. Why they would have 846 rather than 848 for the next bar/buffer car I don't know but the number is adjacent.

There are three photos in the book - 847, 801 and 811. All are silver/blue. With such a small fleet of coaches and with the Enterprise being NIR's flagship service, I would expect all the coaches to have been repainted en mass for a big relaunch. That kind of thing would almost certainly have been reported in the papers, so there's a chance that one of "The Belfast Telegraph" or "The Irish Times" will have an online archive you could search for an article.

Services like the Enterprise tend to get rebranded after 5 or 6 years. Given it was introduced in 1970, I would guess the livery change happened sometime in 77/78.

David
 
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