GWR 104621 Mink 'A' Covered Goods Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 104621 MinkGWR telegraphic code signifying a covered goods van 'A' Covered Goods Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway 104621 MinkGWR telegraphic code signifying a covered goods van 'A' Covered Goods Van
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational
History
Built 1924
Diagram V18
Lot 920
Type 12 ton ventilated van
Telegraphic code MINK A
1971 Entered preservation
1992 Major overhaul

Goods Wagons

GWRGreat Western Railway 104621 is a 'MinkGWR telegraphic code signifying a covered goods van A' 4-wheeled ventilated covered van with a 12 ton capacity and a 9ft wheelbase. The GWRGreat Western Railway began construction of covered goods vans (telegraphic code MINK) in the 1880s. Early examples had iron bodies and were thus known as 'Iron Minks', but the use of wooden bodies became the norm in the early 20th century. 104621 was built at Swindon in 1924 to Diagram V18, Lot 920.[1][2]

Service

After service with GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W), the wagon was used at Round Oak Steelworks, Brierley Hill.

Preservation

104621 was acquired from Round Oak in 1971,[3] arriving on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 5 May 1972. It was repainted in GWRGreat Western Railway livery shortly after arrival, but then used at Bridgnorth as a stores van for 61994 The Great Marquess during that locomotive’s restoration.[4]

Restoration of 104621 by the Wagon Department began at Bewdley in Spring 1992.[5] This entailed a complete body overhaul, including new roof planks and canvas and new doors. After repainting to GWRGreat Western Railway condition, it was initially put to use by the DMU group for the storage of spares.[6]

104621 is one of the wagons regularly seen in the Demonstration Goods Train. It is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.

See Also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. Atkins et al, 1976 Vol 2, pp. 89-91.
  2. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  3. GWR813.org
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 102
  6. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 107

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