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Great Western Rolling Stock

Brief details are given below of the vehicles owned or partially owned by the Association. Our aim is to create two operational sets of appropriate Great Western Passenger Rolling Stock to recreate the authentic atmosphere of the 30's and 40's on the Severn Valley line.

Locomotive

7325The Great Western 4300 class 2-6-0 Moguls were introduced in 1911 and were designed for mixed-traffic use. These versatile locomotives could be seen all over the Great Western system working a wide variety of passenger and freight trains. Production continued for 21 years with a total of 342 locomotives being built. The final batch, which included our locomotive 9303, was built in 1932. In 1958 it was renumbered 7325.

It was purchased for preservation in 1974 from Barry scrapyard in South Wales. Since its last period of use 7325 spent some time on display in the STEAM Museum at Swindon before returning to the SVR to be exhibited in the Engine House at Highley, while awaiting its turn in the overhaul queue. A possible start could be made during 2017.

The Saloons 9055, 9369 and 9103

The pride of our carriage collection is undoubtedly our three Great Western Saloons 9055, 9369 and 9103. These unique carriages help chart the history of a fascinating and unusual facet of railway history. The saloons were designed for private hire use – for all kinds of group outings and excursions. They consisted of two open passenger saloons, one standard passenger compartment, two lavatories and a small guard’s compartment, with a corridor running down the full length of one side. Built in 1912, 1923 and 1929 respectively, they show the development of Great Western carriage construction throughout George Jackson Churchward’s tenure as Chief Mechanical Engineer (9055-9369) and on into the era of Charles Collett (9369-9103).

Vehicle No. Date Built Designer Type of Vehicle Present Condition
650 1940 Collett Brake Third (Excursion) Restored
829 1948 Hawksworth Full Third Restored
1086 1938 Collett Full Third Restored
1087 1938 Collett Full Third Awaiting repairs
1116 1938 Collett Full Third Restored
1145 1922 Churchward Passenger Brake Restored, in use as the Association's Shop at Bewdley
1257 1927 Collett Siphon G Restored
1399 1921 Churchward Milk Brake Restored, in use as the Station Shop at Bewdley
2119 1949 Hawksworth Full Third Awaiting overhaul
2426 1910 Churchward Toplight Full Third At Kidderminster awaiting restoration
3930 1915 Churchward Toplight Full Third Restored
5043 1928 Collett Full Third in use as a workshop
5883 1934 Collett Brake Third Restored
6045 1928 Collett Bow-ended Composite Under restoration at Bewdley
6562 1938 Collett Brake Composite Restored
6913 1934 Collett Brake Composite Restored
7284 1941 Collett Composite Restored
9055 1912 Churchward Nondescript Saloon Restored
9103 1929 Collett Nondescript Saloon Restored
9369 1923 Churchward Nondescript Saloon Restored
107291 1935 Collett Macaw B Restored

Current Restoration Project

A dedicated band of volunteers meet Wednesdays and Saturdays at Bewdley to progress our current project which is the 1928 built Bow-ended Composite 6045. It was one of 56 vehicles built at Swindon as part of Lot 1382 to Diagram E 132. It formed part of rakes of corridor bow-ended stock comprised of full thirds, brakes and composites – 6045 being the only composite remaining – thus its unique status. They ran in cross country and express services from the late 1920s to the 1950s. It is made up of four 1st class and three 3rd class compartments, a toilet at each end and doors to each compartment on the non-corridor side. It has been patiently waiting its turn for restoration since being acquired in 1972. Initial work has been concentrated on the underframe, doors, seat construction and replacement floor. The main bodywork repairs are now progressing well.

Anyone wishing to lend a hand should e-mail info@gw-svr-a.org.uk or phone Mick Haynes on 07733310060 or visit us in Bewdley yard on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Some restoration work away from the Railway is also possible. All new workers are welcomed, please feel free to join us whether you have any practical skills or not – training is given. We have also launched an appeal to raise the £50,000 needed - also see How to help.

The Great Western (SVR) Association is a Registered Charity No 1078718.

 

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