Cadbury's 346 Goods Van

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Cadbury's 346 Goods Van
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Cadbury’s Goods Van 346
Status In service
Number 346
Other Numbers 42897
History
Built Unknown
Type 4-wheel non-ventilated van
TOPS code VVO
1970 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1985 GW 150 main line appearance

Goods Wagons

The body of this all-steel covered van is mounted on an older frame of unknown origin.

Service

The van was formerly used at Cadbury’s factory at Moreton, Cheshire.[1]

These photos show similar wagons in use during a visit to Cadbury's Bournville factory by the Industrial Railway Society on 8th May 1976.

Preservation

346 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society from Moreton on 17 November 1970, and was for a time painted in a fictitious SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society S&TSignals & Telegraph Department livery numbered 8718. It was repainted into Cadbury's livery in 1982 and renumbered 346.[1]

In 1985, 346 appeared on the main line when it was used in the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.[2]

In June 1990, 346 was one of the wagons in the demonstration goods train for the the "Heavy Freight Weekend" event. A number of the wagons were derailed on trap points at the north end of Bridgnorth station at the end of the event. Damage to 346 was fortunately limited to bent brake gear, and the wagon was returned to service later in the year after this was repaired.[3]

The 2012 photo by Gareth Price below shows the van awaiting overhaul and repainting. This had been completed by March 2015 (main photo above).

See also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. 1.01.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 78
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 98

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