SE&CR Open Goods Wagon 12522

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SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon 12522
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SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon 12522 (2019)
Built By SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway, Ashford
Status Operational
Number 12522
Other Numbers PBA 58183
Built 1920
Diagram 1347
Type 4-wheel 5-plank open
Capacity 10 tons
1975 Preserved
1988 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

South Eastern and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon 12522 was built at Ashford, Kent in 1920. Many wagons of this period were wooden-framed, but this 4-wheel 5-plank example had steel chassis members. As a result it had a long working life, passing to the SRSouthern Railway at Grouping in 1923, and surviving into service with BRBritish Rail or British Railways post-War.

After withdrawal from BRBritish Rail or British Railways service it was sold to the Port of Bristol Authority where it was renumbered PBA 58183[1].


12522 was purchased for preservation in 1975. After being stored for 13 years on a farm near Winterbourne while awaiting restoration, it arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 1 January 1988, being privately owned at the time by the GWR 813 Fund's Paddy Goss.[1] On arrival it was in generally good condition, although one headstockThe underframe member across each end of a wagon carrying the buffers and coupling. Known as the Bufferbeam on a locomotive. needed replacement having been severely bent during a heavy shunt in the past. Much of the timber was able to be reused, with the wagon being repainted in SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway light grey.[2]

The restoration was completed in time for 12522 to debut in the 2857 75th Anniversary Freight Train on 22 May 1988. Unfortunately it only reached Highley before being stopped with a hot axle box. Investigation subsequently revealed that the spring holding the worsted oiling pad in contact with the journal had collapsed, with the bearing then receiving no lubrication. This had presumably happened after SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway pattern axle boxes were fitted and the bearings reassembled, the design of the axle box casting making it impossible to check after reassembly. The journal itself was fortunately undamaged. After re-metalling and machining of the bearing at Bridgnorth and fitting of a new pad, 12522 was repaired in time for an appearance in the Autumn Steam Gala the same year.[3]

A missing brake pin was noted during preparations for the Freight Weekend on 2-3 June 1990, although 12522 duly appeared after this was replaced.[4]

In 2001 one end of 12522 was derailed on trap points outside Bewdley South Box. The wagon was re-railed using the 6-ton steam crane. Some 18 months later the wagon suffered another hot axle box; investigations revealed that during the re-railing both the failed bearing and another at the other end of the wagon had been displaced. Both bearings were re-metaled and machined, and the opportunity taken to replace a number of body planks using second-hand timber from a china clay wagon. A repaint of the SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway grey livery was also carried out with the wagon returning to service in early 2004.[5].

By 2017 12522 had been stored for some time awaiting body repairs, latterly in the Tenbury siding at Bewdley in 2015 before moving to the yard at Bewdley circa early 2016 . In summer 2017 the wagon began another overhaul by the Wagon Department at Bewdley Goods Shed. On this occasion installation of new curb rails and replacement of all of the floor and body timbers was required with new brake pins and other parts being fabricated.[6] Some repairs were also required to the underframe.[7] It was completed in March 2019.[8]

In 2022 Rapido Trains produced a commercial OO gauge model, available in SECRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway grey or SRSouthern Railway brown[9].

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 88
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 90
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 96
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 147
  6. National Preservation Forum ‘SVRSevern Valley Railway wagons 2017’ thread
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 205
  8. Wagon department News
  9. (Retrieved 25 March 2022)