GWR 2426 Toplight Full Third

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GWRGreat Western Railway 2426 Toplight Full Third
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GWRGreat Western Railway Toplight Full Third 2426 at Hampton Loade in 2015
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Stored awaiting overhaul
Number 2426
Other Numbers W9918W
Built 1910
Designed By ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
Diagram C30
Lot 1167
Type TK
Seats 64 third
1972 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway


Bodyside frame components for GWRGreat Western Railway 5043 Full Third being trial assembled inside 2426 in March 2018
GWRGreat Western Railway Toplight Full Third 2426 was designed by G.J. ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 and is the oldest bogie coach on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.

2426 in service

2426 was built at Swindon in 1910 as part of Lot 1167 to Diagram C30. Originally the coach seated 64 passengers in eight compartments and included a toilet at each end. It was used on passenger services for the next 47 years.

In 1957 it was converted to a camping coach and renumbered W9918W. Four of the compartments became sleeping accommodation, while other compartments were removed to create kitchen and living areas. Many of these camping coaches were removed in the 1960s, and 2624 was then used by the BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Signal and Telegraph department, before being withdrawn in the early 1970s and placed in store at Swindon.

2426 in preservation

2426 was purchased by SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) in 1972 for use as volunteer dormitory accommodation. It was initially used for that purpose at Bridgnorth before moving to Hampton Loade in 1988, where it continued in that role until mid-2016. It was then moved into storage at Kidderminster pending overhaul, with its place at Hampton Loade being taken by GWR Riding Van 55.

Ownership of 2426 has been transferred to The Great Western (SVR) Association. In March 2017 2426 spent a few weeks in the siding on Sandbourne Viaduct at Bewdley before moving into Bewdley Down Yard for conservation work. For a few years it will become the LNER Carriage Group's workshop, replacing GWR 5043 Full Third which is to be rebuilt as a fully wheelchair accessible saloon and buffet car. The Association's long term aim is to restore it to its original condition, after GWR 4786 Full Third.

See also


  • Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  • SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  • Great Western (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Association web site
  • Great Western (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Association information notice on 2426 while at Hampton Loade