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Latest news from the GW (SVR) Association

Hawksworth Brake Third 2242

The Association has been given the rare opportunity to acquire Hawksworth designed Brake Third 2242.

2242 remained in service until January 1966 when it was withdrawn, then converted to departmental use as a staff coach numbered DW150391. It was withdrawn from Cardiff Cathays in 1982 and purchased by the late Dennis Howells. He started the painstaking task of restoration out in the open at Quainton Road. The last twenty years has seen a dedicated team reinstate most of the missing parts and refurbish the exterior and mechanical side. Following Dennis’s sad passing it was offered for sale in the Summer 2019 and following inspection and acceptance from the SVR we agreed to make a formal offer.

The purchase, transport and restoration will cost the Association £30,000. As can be imagined, this will severely depleted our reserves which are much needed to finish Bow-ended Third 4786. Hence this appeal for funds to assist with purchase and movement. Any gifts will be gratefully received.

Collett Mogul 9303

Returning this unique locomotive to steam

For the Association’s 50th year, we are launching a fund to return our Mogul to the Collett GWR condition of 9303, having previously run in its 1958 incarnation of 7325 when the weight at the back of the buffer beam was removed to allow operation over a wider network. The extra weight will not be a problem when running on Severn Valley Railway metals or on other heritage railways.

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Our next project

There is more good news in that the LNER Group who completed Brake Third 25406 in 2016 and moved on to the overhaul of GW 'Toad' Brake Van 17410 have agreed to progress the conversion of Bow Ended Third 5043 into a GW Buffet/Invalid saloon. In 1925 the Great Western built 4 Composite Restaurant Cars to diagram H33 for Cross Country Services. These used bow-ended standard underframe and body as the basis.

To make this happen the GW(SVR)A have transferred 5043 to the Holdings Company and taken on Great Western Bow-Ended Third 4786 another bow ended vehicle in return. The GW(SVR)A has begun the overhaul to go towards a complete 20’s GW set. 4786 being from 1926 will be returned to the fully lined GW livery as found on the 'Toplights'.

Great Western Corridor Third 2426 ex GW Camp Coach previously serving Hampton Loade is now in Bewdley yard acting as a workshop for the repairs to 5043 and 4786 where framework repairs have begun. This second toplight full third will eventually be restored in the fully lined out livery with the ornate garter crest.

HRA Carriage and Wagon competition winner!

We are very proud that the restoration of GW Nondescript Saloon 9103 has been awarded the top prize of ‘Overall Winner’ in the Heritage Railway Association’s Carriage and Wagon Competition for 2015.

This is great credit to all our volunteers, all our supporters, and the Bewdley and Kidderminster Carriage Departments, for their dedicated and skilful work restoring 9103 to its original GWR condition.


The award presentation took place on 11th November 2015 at the HRA's AGM, with (left to right) Chris Haynes GW(SVR)A Trustee, Brian Simpson HRA Chairman and Nick Ralls SVR General Manager. Photo: John Crane.

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Current GW(SVR)A Restoration Projects

Garter Crest Transfers

GWR CrestWe have now taken delivery of some 1912 Great Western Garter crest Transfers plus arms and wing.

They are for sale at £100 each and have been professionally made to the highest standards a culmination of work by Bob Timmins, Mick Haynes and Butchers Printed Products.

Please email mick@hitrail.com with how many you require. On receipt of the correct cheque then they will be available for collection from Bewdley. Enquiries tel 07733 310 060.

Cheques made out to Great Western (SVR) Association and sent to Dave Massey, 72 Shakespeare Drive, Offmore Farm, Kidderminster DY10 3QY

Note that gold leaf is applied separately as is the small amount of chocolate brown before applying the transfer.

Previous GW(SVR)A Restoration Projects

Out and about 2009

Out and about 2008

Severn Valley Railway C&W Projects

Out and about 2007

Out and About - 2006

Out and About - 2005

Out and About - 2004

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