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The SVRSevern Valley Railway has over 80 carriages, dating from pre-grouping to BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk1s of the early 1960s, with well over half of them in operational use.
The carriages are normally operated in six matching sets, or rakes, although it is not uncommon to see more than one livery in a train as individual carriages are temporarily withdrawn for repair or maintenance and others are substituted or added to increase passenger capacity.
The four sets in regular timetabled use are;

  • Set C, British Rail Mark 1s in Crimson & Cream[1].
  • Set M, British Rail Mark 1s in Maroon.
  • Set L, LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway (And BRBritish Rail or British Railways built to LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design) in Maroon.
  • Set N, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway & GNRGreat Northern Railway Teak


Other sets and carriages in operational use are;

  • Set GW2, GWRGreat Western Railway, both pre & post grouping, as well as BRBritish Rail or British Railways MK1 buffet, in Chocolate & Cream. Normally only used during busy periods.
  • Set S, 'The Severn Valley Limited' diner set in GWRGreat Western Railway Chocolate & Cream. Pre book only, not shown on the timetable.
  • Set VV, 'The Severn Valley Venturer' two carriages attached to a service train operating from Bridgnorth. Comprised of BRBritish Rail or British Railways MK1 kitchen car 1682 and LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway first open 7511.
  • Observation saloons, two carriages which can be privately chartered and attached to a regular train.
  • Set 'Toplights' comprising spare serviceable GWRGreat Western Railway vehicles not included in GW2. Very occasional use for filming and other work.

Several other carriages are in use as volunteer accommodation or as storage.

This page includes full size carriages adapted for use as Post Office Sorting Vans (also known as Travelling Post Offices or TPOs) and General Utility Vans (GUVs). Other goods vans and brake vans are listed under Goods Wagons.

GWRGreat Western Railway (and constituents) Designed Coaches

Number Type Built Designer Current location Owner Notes
98 Full Brake 1945 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Bewdley The GWR 813 Preservation Fund Used as a workshop and stores by GW(SVR)A

98 on the GWR 813 web site

163 BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Railway CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1895 Hampton Loade Barry Railway Carriage Trust Originally numbered 15, later GWRGreat Western Railway 6058
178 Autotrailer Third 1930 Mike Little
238 Autotrailer Third 1954 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Mike Little Carries the name 'Chaffinch'
261 Toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake 1922 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Highley Used for staff accommodation
650 Brake Third Open (Excursion) 1940 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. Final stages of restoration at Bewdley
829 Full Third 1948 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
1086 Full Third 1938 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
1087 Full Third 1938 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
1116 Full Third 1938 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
1145 Full Brake 1938 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. In use as The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund and Bewdley Station Fund shop
1146 Full Third 1938 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 The GWR 813 Preservation Fund 1146 on the GWR 813 web site
1399 Milk Brake 1921 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. sales shop
2119 Full Third 1949 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
2426 Toplight Full Third 1910 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Hampton Loade Great Western (SVR) Assoc. Oldest bogie coach on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. Used as staff accommodation at Hampton Loade.
3930 Full Third 1915 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
5043 Full Third 1928 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. In use as workshop
5804 Brake Third 1934 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Bewdley Apprentice Group coach
5883 Brake Third 1934 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
6045 Bow-end CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1928 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Bewdley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. Restoration recently commenced (January 2015) at Bewdley
6562 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1938 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc. One of the first 4 coaches to arrive on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in March 1967
6913 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1934 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
7284 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1941 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
9055 Nondescript Saloon 1912 ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 Great Western (SVR) Assoc. One off prototype for later CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 design
9084 First Sleeper 1951 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Kidderminster The SVR Charitable Trust Used for staff accommodation
9085 First Sleeper 1951 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 Arley Great Western (SVR) Assoc. Used for staff accommodation
9103 Nondescript Saloon 1929 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Available for Traffic Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
9369 Nondescript Saloon 1923 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 Great Western (SVR) Assoc.
9615 Kitchen Diner 1932 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
9627 Restaurant Third 1932 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 SVR(H)
9653 Restaurant Third 1925 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 National Railway Museum
9654 Restaurant Third 1925 CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 SVR(H)
80969 Inspection Saloon 1948 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948
80972 Inspection Saloon 1948 HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Designed Coaches

Number Type Built Designer Current location Owner Notes
149 Bar car 1936 SVR(H) Converted from Open Third. Previously numbered 9355
798 Royal Coach 1941 The Engine House National Railway Museum
2300 Corridor Third 1946 The SVR Charitable Trust
2886 Gangwayed Brake 1932 StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Bridgnorth The SVR Charitable Trust 6 wheeled. Later numbered 32919
7511 Restaurant First Open 1934 The SVR Charitable Trust
9355 Buffet Car 1936 Converted from Open Third and now numbered 149
12992 Corridor Third 1949 The SVR Charitable Trust
24617 Corridor CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1950 The SVR Charitable Trust
26880 Brake Third Corridor 1950
26921 Brake Third Corridor 1950 Bridgnorth Built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design
26986 Brake Third Corridor 1950
27218 Third Open 1945 SVR(H)
27220 Third Open 1945 SVR(H)
27270 Third Open 1946 SVR(H)

LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (and constituents) Designed Coaches

Number Type Built Build location Current location Owner Notes
2701 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1922 Doncaster Set N The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund In GNRGreat Northern Railway livery
643 Buffet 1934 York Set N SVR(H)
7960 Kitchen CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. 1936 York Kidderminster The SVR Charitable Trust
24068 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor Brake 1937 York Set N The SVR Charitable Trust
24105 Open Third 1936 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Set N The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund Modified for disabled access
43600 Open Third 1934 York Set N The SVR Charitable Trust Interior recently upgraded in LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway style
43612 Open Third 1934 York Set N SVR(H)
52255 Open Third 1935 York The SVR Charitable Trust Mk1 seats, interior being upgraded in LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway style
70759 Pigeon Van 1943 York Bewdley The SVR Charitable Trust Late stages of restoration as Brake Third

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Designed Coaches

Number Type Built Build location Current location Owner Livery Notes
1667 Restaurant Buffet 1960 Pressed Steel SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
1682 Restaurant Buffet 1961 Pressed Steel SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
1853 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
1855 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
1856 Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1961 Wolverton SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
3083 Experimental Open 1957 Doncaster SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon One-off prototype. Originally First Class, but currently declassified
3103 First Open 1961 Wolverton SVR (BR) Buffet Car Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
3109 First Open 1961 Swindon SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
4345 Tourist Standard Open 1957 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Arley Station Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4399 Tourist Standard Open 1957 Swindon Bridgnorth The SVR Charitable Trust Awaiting restoration
4509 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4545 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
4550 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York The 75069 Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
4593 Tourist Standard Open 1956 York SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
4690 Tourist Standard Open 1957 York The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Modified for disabled access
9220 Brake Standard Open 1955 Doncaster The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
10606 Mk 3a Convertible Sleeper 1982 Derby Kidderminster Inter City livery Alongside Kidderminster Carriage Shed
16202 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1961 Derby SVR(H) BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
16267 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1963 Derby The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream Last CK built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
21254 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor 1963 Derby The Erlestoke Manor Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
24839 Corridor Second 1955 Derby Bridgnorth Green Used for staff accommodation
24845 Corridor Second 1955 Derby Bridgnorth Green Used for staff accommodation
25346 Standard Corridor 1957 Wolverton The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
25498 Standard Corridor 1958 York The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
25594 Corridor Second 1958 Wolverton Bridgnorth Green Used for staff accommodation
25686 Corridor Second 1958 Wolverton Bridgnorth Green Used for staff accommodation
34562 Brake Second Corridor 1955 Wolverton The 75069 Fund BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream
34754 Brake Standard Corridor 1955 Wolverton BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Now used as Engineers Mess and Tool Van, numbered 975128
35219 Brake Standard Corridor 1958 Wolverton The SVR Charitable Trust BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon
80300 Post Office Sorting Van 1959 Wolverton The Engine House Royal Mail Maroon First of type built
80328 Post Office Sorting Van 1969 York Kidderminster Royal Mail Maroon Stored in Kidderminster Carriage Shed, used as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
80329 Post Office Sorting Van 1969 York Kidderminster Royal Mail Maroon Stored in Kidderminster Carriage Shed, used as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
80776 Brake Gangwayed 1956 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company SVR(A) Wolverhampton Branch BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & Cream Converted to passenger usage for disabled passengers
81013 Brake Gangwayed 1956 York Kidderminster BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon Stored in Kidderminster Carriage Shed, used as Santa's Grotto at Arley during December
86105 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Bewdley BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon EMF sales coach
86192 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Kidderminster Blue
94200 General Utility Van 1958 Pressed Steel Bridgnorth Earlier number 86207

The carriage sets

The individual carriages used to make up any set can vary from day to day depending on availability and operational requirements.
The following can be regarded as a typical composition for the 2015 season.

All sets listed in order starting with the carriage nearest Kidderminster

Set C

British Railways Crimson & Cream

  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 34562 Brake Second Corridor
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 25498 Second Corridor
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4545 Tourist Second Open
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1853 Restaurant Mini Buffet
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 80776 Brake Third Unclassified (Modified for disabled access)
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 16202 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4345 Tourist Second Open
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4509 Tourist Second Open

[2]

Recent configurations used are:
7 March 2015 (6 carriages intermediate FEFootplate Experience): 4545, 1853, 9220, 16202, 4345, 4509
15 March 2015 (8 carriages AS1): 80969 (GWRGreat Western Railway), 25458, 4545, 1853, 80776, 16202, 4345, 4509

Set M

British Rail Maroon

  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3103 First Open
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 25346 Second Corridor
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1855 Restaurant Mini Buffet
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4690 Tourist Second Open
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 21254 Brake Second CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard.
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4550 Tourist Second Open
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 4593 Tourist Second Open

[2]

Recent configurations used are:
7 March 2015 (8 carriages AS1): 80969 (GWRGreat Western Railway), 16267 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & cream), 25346, 1855, 4690, 21254, 4550, 4593.
15 March 2015 (8 carriages AN1): 21254, 16267 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson & cream), 25346, 1855, 4690, 35219, 4550, 4593.

Set L

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Maroon

  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 27218 Tourist Open
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 24617 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 12992 Third Corridor
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 149 Restaurant Mini Buffet
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 26880 Brake Third Corridor
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 2300 Third Corridor
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 27270 Third Open
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 27220 Third Open
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 26986 Brake Third Corridor
[2]

Set N

LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Teak (Except 3083, BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon)

  • BR 3083 Experimental Open
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 43600 Third Open
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 43612 Third Open
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 643 Restaurant Mini Buffet
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 24068 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 24105 Third Open
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 52255 Third Open
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 2701 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor

[2]

Recent configurations used are:
7 March 2014 (7 carriages AN1): 3083 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways Maroon), 43612, 643, 24068, 24105, 43600, 3083.

Set GW2

Great Western Chocolate & Cream

  • GWRGreat Western Railway 1146 Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 1116 Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 9103 Brake Third Corridor
  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1856 Restaurant Mini Buffet
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 5883 Brake Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 829 Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 1086 Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 7284 CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 6562 is also used for strengthening purposes.
[2]

Set S

Great Western Chocolate & Cream

  • GWRGreat Western Railway 9369 Nondescript Saloon
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 3930 Third Corridor
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 9055 Nondescript Saloon
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 6913 Brake CompositeCarriage having more than one class of seating, ie First and Third or latterly First and Standard. Corridor

[2]

Recent configurations used are:
15 March 2015 (Dining train): 9653, 1667 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream), 3109 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream), 9627, 6913

Set VV

  • BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1682 Kitchen Car
  • LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 7511 First Open

Set Toplights

  • GWRGreat Western Railway 3930 Corridor Third
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 9055 Nondescript Saloon
  • GWRGreat Western Railway 9369 Nondescript Saloon

References and sources

  1. www.bloodandcustard.com states that Crimson and Cream rather than Carmine and Cream was the description used by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
  2. 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Severn Valley Railway News, Issue 188, Winter 2014

See also

List of rolling stock