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The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society has over 80 carriages, dating from pre-grouping to BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk1's of the early 1960s, with well over half of them in operational use. The carriages are normally operated in six matching sets, or rakes, although it is not uncommon to see more than one livery in a train as individual carriages are temporarily withdrawn for repair or maintenance and others are substituted or added to increase passenger capacity. Carriage sets usually consist of six to eight vehicles, although lengths up to ten carriages are not unusual. Carriage repairs and restorations are carried out at the Carriage Repair Works.

The five sets in regular timetabled use are;

  • Set C, British Railways Mk1's in Crimson & Cream[1].
  • Set M, British Railways Mk1's in Maroon.
  • Set L, LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway (and BRBritish Rail or British Railways built to LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design) in LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Crimson Lake.
  • Set N, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway & GNRGreat Northern Railway Teak
  • Set GW, GWRGreat Western Railway (post-grouping) in GWRGreat Western Railway Chocolate & Cream.


Other sets and carriages in operational use are;

  • Set S, 'The Severn Valley Limited' diner set in GWRGreat Western Railway Chocolate & Cream.
  • Set VV, 'The Severn Valley Venturer' carriages attached to a service train operating from Bridgnorth. Comprised of BR 1682 Restaurant Buffet and BR 3103 First Open.
  • Set T, the 'Toplights', comprising GWRGreat Western Railway pre-grouping coaches plus spare serviceable GWRGreat Western Railway vehicles not required in GW. Very occasional use for charters, galas, and filming.
  • Observation saloons 80969 and 80972, two carriages which can be privately chartered and attached to a regular train.
  • Autotrailers 178 and 238, two carriages suitable for push-pull trains.

Several other carriages are in use as volunteer accommodation or as storage.

This page includes full size carriages adapted for use as Post Office Sorting Vans (also known as Travelling Post Offices or TPOs) and General Utility Vans (GUVs). Other goods vans and brake vans are listed under Goods Wagons.

GWRGreat Western Railway (and constituents) Designed Coaches

Number Type Built Build Location Current location Owner Livery Notes Designer
98 Full Brake 1945 Swindon Bewdley The GWR 813 Preservation Fund GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 Used as a workshop and stores by GW(SVR)A HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
163 BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Railway CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1895 Ashbury Hampton Loade Barry Railway Carriage Trust (Restoration) Originally numbered 15, later GWRGreat Western Railway 6058
178 Autotrailer Third 1930 Swindon In service Mike Little GWRGreat Western Railway 1942-47
238 Autotrailer Third 1954 Swindon In service Mike Little BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Carries the name 'Chaffinch'
261 Toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake 1922 Swindon Highley GWRGreat Western Railway Brown Used for staff accommodation ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
650 Brake Third Open (Excursion) 1940 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
829 Full Third 1948 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1942-47 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
1086 Full Third 1938 Swindon In service Member of the Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
1087 Full Third 1938 Swindon Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
1116 Full Third 1938 Swindon In service Member of the Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
1145 Toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake 1922 Swindon Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 In use as The Great Western (SVR) Association Shop ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
1146 Full Third 1938 Swindon In service The GWR 813 Preservation Fund GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
1399 Milk Brake 1921 Swindon Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway Brown In use as the Bewdley Station Fund Shop ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
2119 Full Third 1949 Gloucester Kidderminster Great Western (SVR) Assoc. Stored at Kidderminster HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
2233 Corridor Brake Third 1950 Saltley Bewdley SVR(H) None Used as staff accommodation HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
2242 Corridor Brake Third 1950 Saltley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. None Acquired Oct 2019. Awaiting Restoration HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
2426 Toplight Full Third 1910 Swindon Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 Oldest bogie coach on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. Awaiting Restoration. ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
3930 Toplight Full Third 1915 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1922-27 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
4786 Full Third 1926 Swindon Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. (Restoration) Restoration commenced October 2018 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
5804 Brake Third 1934 Swindon Bewdley SVR(H) Ambulance Car SVR Apprentices coach CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
5883 Brake Third 1934 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
6045 Bow-end CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1928 Swindon Kidderminster Great Western (SVR) Assoc. (Restoration) Restoration commenced January 2015 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
6562 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1938 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 Returned to service 16 July 2017 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
6913 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1934 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
7284 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1941 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9055 Toplight Nondescript Saloon 1912 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1922-27 One off prototype for later CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 design ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
9084 First Sleeper 1951 Swindon Kidderminster The SVR Charitable Trust GWRGreat Western Railway 1942-47 Used for staff accommodation HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
9085 First Sleeper 1951 Swindon Arley SVR(H) GWRGreat Western Railway 1942-47 Used for staff accommodation HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
9103 Nondescript Saloon 1929 Swindon In service Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1928-34 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9369 Nondescript Saloon 1923 Swindon Kidderminster Great Western (SVR) Assoc. GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 Undergoing bogie overhaul CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9581 Wheelchair accessible Buffet Car 1928 Swindon Bewdley SVR(H) Formerly GWRGreat Western Railway 5043 Full Third, under conversion to Wheelchair/Buffet CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9615 Kitchen Diner First 1932 Swindon Bewdley SVR(H) Major repairs commenced October 2017 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9627 Restaurant Third 1932 Swindon In service SVR(H) GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9653 Restaurant Third 1925 Swindon National Railway Museum GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9654 Restaurant Third 1925 Swindon Kidderminster SVR(H) GWRGreat Western Railway 1934-42 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
80969 Inspection Saloon 1948 Swindon In service GWRGreat Western Railway 1942-47 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
80972 Inspection Saloon 1948 Swindon In service Phil and Caroline Swallow BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Designed Coaches

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Number Type Built Build location Current location Owner Livery Notes
149 Bar Car 1936 Smethwick In service SVR(H) Converted from Open Third 9355
798 Royal Coach 1941 Wolverton The Engine House SVR(H) Gifted to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society by the National Railway Museum
2300 Corridor Third 1946 Derby In service The SVR Charitable Trust
2886 Gangwayed Brake 1932 Wolverton Kidderminster The SVR Charitable Trust 6 wheeled. Later numbered 32919
7511 Restaurant First Open 1934 Wolverton In service The SVR Charitable Trust Used for special dining trains
12992 Corridor Third 1949 Smethwick In service The SVR Charitable Trust Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
24617 Corridor CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1950 Derby In service The SVR Charitable Trust
26880 Brake Third Corridor 1950 Wolverton In service Privately owned Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
26921 Brake Third Corridor 1950 Wolverton Bridgnorth SVR(H) Undergoing overhaul. Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
26986 Brake Third Corridor 1950 Wolverton In service The SVR Charitable Trust Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
27218 Third Open 1945 Wolverton In service SVR(H)
27220 Third Open 1945 Wolverton In service SVR(H)
27270 Third Open 1946 Wolverton In service SVR(H)
31420 Gangwayed Brake 1950 Wolverton Kidderminster SVR(H) Carriage Works stores. Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
45048 Inspection Saloon 1940 Wolverton Bewdley D Postle[2] Moved to Bewdley January 2018[3]

LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (and constituents) Designed Coaches

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Number Type Built Build location Current location Owner Livery Notes
2701 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1922 Doncaster In service The SVR Charitable Trust GNRGreat Northern Railway
643 Buffet 1934 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway
7960 Kitchen CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1936 Doncaster In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Used for special dining trains
24068 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor Brake 1937 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway
24105 Open Third 1936 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Modified for disabled access.
24506 Brake Third Corridor 1943 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Converted from Gangwayed Full Brake/Pigeon Van 70759
43600 Open Third 1934 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Interior recently upgraded in LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway style
43612 Open Third 1934 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway
52255 Open Third 1935 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Major refurbishment completed September 2016

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Designed Coaches

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Number Type Built Build location Current location Owner Livery Notes
1667 Restaurant Buffet 1960 Pressed Steel In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
1682 Restaurant Buffet 1961 Pressed Steel In service SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
1853 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
1855 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton In service SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
1856 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
3083 Experimental Open 1957 Doncaster In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon One-off prototype. Originally First Class, but currently declassified
3103 First Open 1961 Wolverton In service SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
3109 First Open 1961 Swindon In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
4345 Tourist Standard Open 1957 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company In service Arley Station Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4399 Tourist Standard Open 1957 Swindon In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream Modified for disabled access
4509 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4545 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4550 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York In service The 75069 Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
4593 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York Bewdley SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon In dock adjacent to Bewdley platform 1, used as buffet seating
4690 Tourist Standard Open 1957 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust and SVR Wolverhampton Branch BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Modified for disabled access
9220 Brake Standard Open 1955 Doncaster In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
10569 Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1982 Derby Bewdley Down Yard SVR(H) Chocolate & Cream livery Used for staff accommodation
10606 Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1982 Derby Kidderminster SVR(H) Inter City livery Used for staff accommodation
10696 Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1983 Derby Bewdley Down Yard SVR(H) Inter City livery Used for staff accommodation
10713 Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1983 Derby Kidderminster SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Blue livery Used for staff accommodation. Kidderminster Diesel Depot by Turntable
16169 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1961 Derby Kidderminster SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways maroon Under overhaul
16202 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1961 Derby In service SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
16267 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1963 Derby In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream Last CK built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
21254 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1963 Derby In service The Erlestoke Manor Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
24839 Corridor Second 1955 Derby Bridgnorth SVR(H) Green Used for staff accommodation
24845 Corridor Second 1955 Derby Bridgnorth SVR(H) Green Used for staff accommodation
25346 Corridor Second 1957 Wolverton In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
25498 Corridor Second 1958 York In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
25594 Corridor Second 1958 Wolverton Bridgnorth SVR(H) Green Used for staff accommodation
25686 Corridor Second 1958 Wolverton Bridgnorth SVR(H) Green Used for staff accommodation
25771 Corridor Second 1961 Derby Kidderminster The 75069 Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways maroon (including ends) Occasionally used in Set N when required to replace a GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 Carriage which has been withdrawn for overhaul.
34562 Brake Corridor Second 1955 Wolverton In service The 75069 Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
34606 Brake Corridor Second 1955 Gloucester Kidderminster SVR(H) Royal Mail Maroon Numbered DB 975481. Used at Kidderminster in conjunction with Santa Special services.
34754 Brake Corridor Second 1955 Wolverton Engineers The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Permanent Way Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Now used as Engineers Mess and Tool Van, numbered 975128
35219 Brake Corridor Second 1958 Wolverton In service The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
80222 Courier Van 1962 Wolverton Kidderminster The Class 50 Alliance Stored at Kidderminster. Originally No 35315 (BSK)
80300 Post Office Sorting Van 1959 Wolverton The Engine House SVR(H) Royal Mail Maroon First of type built
80328 Post Office Sorting Van 1969 York Kidderminster SVR(H) Royal Mail Maroon Used until 2018 as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
80329 Post Office Sorting Van 1969 York Kidderminster SVR(H) Royal Mail Maroon Used until 2018 as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
80776 Brake Gangwayed 1956 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream Modified for disabled access. Being further adapted as wheelchair dining car for use on the Severn Valley Limited dining set.
81013 Brake Gangwayed 1956 York Kidderminster SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Used until 2018 as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
86105 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Bewdley The Erlestoke Manor Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon EMF sales coach
94157 General Utility Van 1958 St Rollox Bridgnorth Loco Works Earlier number 86523
94200 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Bridgnorth Loco Works Earlier number 86207
95194 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Kidderminster Blue Earlier number 86192

The carriage sets

The individual carriages used to make up any set can vary from day to day depending on availability and operational requirements. It is usual to see the brake, buffet and disabled access carriage located in the centre of each set. There is a spare brake vehicle available for each of the main sets.

All sets are listed in order starting with the carriage nearest Kidderminster.

Set C

British Railways Crimson & Cream (observed 27 October 2019)

Other carriages available include 4545 and 16267.

Spare Brake vehicle 9220 is commonly used on the Footplate Experience.

Set M

British Railways Maroon (observed 9 November 2019)

Set L

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Crimson Lake (observed 9 November 2019)

Spare Brake vehicle is 26986.

Set N

LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Teak (observed 9 November 2019)

Other carriages available include 43612 and 24068.

For the PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Power event in September 2016, a 9 coach teak set was utilised with 7960, the first time such a set has been put together since the 2 May 1964[4] - by this point, the coaches had been painted in BRBritish Rail or British Railways maroon, and it is thought the last time a 9 coach set in varnished teak livery was seen was in the early 1950s.

Set GW

Great Western Chocolate & Cream (observed 5 October 2019)

The current conversion project for 9581 will add a GWRGreat Western Railway wheelchair/dining vehicle to this set.[5]

Set S

Great Western Chocolate & Cream

Set VV

When the Severn Valley Venturer diner is in use, the two carriages above are added to the first Sunday departure from Bridgnorth, occasionally replacing other carriages in the set when necessary. For example, on 17 May 2015, 3103 and 1682 replaced 26986 in Set L above.
In 2014, LMS 7511 was also used instead of BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3103.

Set Toplights

GWR 4786 Full Third is currently under restoration for use with the Toplight set. Unrestored 2426 is also earmarked for this set.

See also

References

  1. www.bloodandcustard.com states that Crimson and Cream rather than Carmine and Cream was the description used by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
  2. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey (Retrieved 13 January 2018)
  3. SVR Forum 13 January 2017
  4. SVRA Forum
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 204