GWR 134290 Fruit A Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 134290 Fruit A Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway Fruit A Van 134290 (March 2015)
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Static use
Number 134290
Built 1937/8
Diagram Y8
Lot 1270
Type 4-w ventilated van
Telegraphic code FRUIT A
1970 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

134290 is a 12 ton ‘Fruit A’ Van (SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book says 10), built at Swindon circa 1937-38 to Diagram Y8 Lot 1270. The code ‘Fruit A’ originally designated a dual-braked ‘passenger’ fruit van to Diagram Y2, but after 1930 was re-applied instead to ‘goods’ fruit vans. The 200 wagons of Lot 1270 were introduced for the Guernsey tomato traffic which at the time amounted to more than 16,000 tons per year.[1]


The van was awaiting scrapping at Barry Scrapyard in 1970 when purchased by SVRSevern Valley Railway member Bob Sim of the 4566 Group, arriving 25 August. It was initially used as a stores van. A planned cosmetic tidy-up in 1989 became an overhaul when inspection revealed that the roof canvas, roof edge planks, all side louvres and several door planks required replacement.[2] By 1998 134290 was in the ownership of the 4566 Group.[3] It received a further repaint in 2002[4] and repairs to the roof canvas in 2008.[5]

It is photographed at Bewdley.

See also

List of goods wagons


  1. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 36, 445.
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 92/95
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 139/141
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 163