GWR 40362 PW Brake Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 40362 PWPermanent Way Brake Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway PWPermanent Way Brake Van 40362
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Static display
Number 40362
Other Numbers DW 40362
Built 1895
Diagram AA6
Lot 665
Type 4-wheel brake van
Capacity 14 tons
Telegraphic code TOAD
1970 Preserved
Post 1998 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

This vehicle was one of 54 built by the GWRGreat Western Railway at Swindon in the last decade of the nineteenth century to Diagram AA6, old series Lot 665,[1] this particular example dating to around 1895.[2] Brake vans built to this diagram had a tare weight of approximaterly 13½ tons and were used for permanent way work. They were classed as a 'ToadGWR telegraphic code signifying a goods brake van, which became the standard design's nickname' but unlike the typical GWR 'Toad' brake van, the open verandah was boarded in with two small windows included at the front. They were fitted with a split 'stable door' arrangement, and doubled as mess and tool vans.[1] 40362 is thought to be the only survivor of this variant and therefore unique.[2]


40362 bears a plaque stating that it was purchased in 1970 and subsequently restored by the 6000 Locomotive Association. This now defunct group[3] were based for some years at the Bulmers Steam Centre at Hereford until its closure in 1990.

The brake van arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway after 1998.[4] It was photographed outside Kidderminster Railway Museum in August 2010 although it has been repainted since that date. It remains on display as a cosmetically restored exhibit outside Kidderminster Railway Museum.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 37,469.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  3. SVR Charitable Trust
  4. Not listed in SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition