GWR 97398 5 plank Open Goods Wagon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 97398 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
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GWRGreat Western Railway 97398 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
Built By R.D.C. Woolwich Arsenal
Status Operational
Number 97398
Other Numbers C 127
History
Built 1921
Diagram O18
Lot 857
Type 4-w 5-plank Open
Telegraphic code OPEN A
1974 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1982 Restored
1985 Mainline service

Goods Wagons

97398 was built in 1921 to Diagram O18, Lot 857 at the Woolwich Arsenal under War production measures. It is a type ‘Open A’, signifying a 10-ton capacity open wagon with a sheet support (which it no longer has) but not equipped with vacuum brakes.

97398 finished its working life with the Port of London Authority where it was numbered C 127. It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society from London on 13 August 1974.[1] It received a cosmetic repaint, but was finally restored in 1982. This required the complete replacement of the woodwork, the poor condition of which was highlighted when one person put their foot through the floor.[2] Once restored, it appeared on the main line in 1985 as part of the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.[3]

It was used for storing coal at Arley during Christmas services for a number of years, resulting in a second complete re-timbering being required in 1991.[4] Another overhaul was carried out in 2007, with a number of side, end, door and planks being replaced after damage had been caused by an unsuccessful attempt to set fire to the wagon.

97398 is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.

See also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 66
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 78
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 102

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