GWR 41990 'Loriot Y' Machinery Truck

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GWRGreat Western Railway 41990 'LoriotGWR telegraphic code signifying a machine truck Y' Machinery Truck
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GWRGreat Western Railway 41990 'LoriotGWR telegraphic code signifying a machine truck Y' Machinery Truck
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational
Number 41990
History
Built 1939
Diagram G39
Lot 1247
Type 4-wheel machinery flat
Capacity 25 tons
Telegraphic code LORIOT Y
1994 Preserved on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Goods Wagons

One of only two vehicles built to Diagram G39 in 1939, the Telegraph Code 'LoriotGWR telegraphic code signifying a machine truck Y' denotes them as 25 ton machinery trucks with a 20' well. Built just before the Second World War, they were used for transporting the company bulldozers which no doubt saw much use during the wartime bombing.

The wagon ended its BRBritish Rail or British Railways service at Radyr and was moved to Bescot in 1994, from where it was saved on the day of being dispatched for scrapping by the intervention of a group of interested railwaymen. This allowed negotiations for its sale into preservation to take place, with 41990 arriving at Bewdley in September 1994.[1] Shortly after arrival it received a welding repair to one headstock and a repaint.[2]

41990 is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund, and has been used to carry locomotive boilers and frames as well as P.W.Permanent Way materials.

The sister vehicle to 41990, 41989, featured in the 1953 film "The Titfield Thunderbolt".[3][4] It was subsequently scrapped[1], leaving 41990 as the only surviving LoriotGWR telegraphic code signifying a machine truck Y.[5]

See Also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. 1.01.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 113/114
  3. gwr813.org
  4. A history of GWRGreat Western Railway goods wagons. A G Atkins, W Beard, D J Hyde, R Tourret. 1986. ISBN 0-7153-8725-1
  5. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey

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