GWR 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)

GWR 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)
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GWR 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)
Built By GWR Swindon
Number 14428
Built 1921
Diagram T.10
Lot 881
Type 4-wheel open wagon
Capacity 14 tons
Telegraphic code none
1972 Arrived on SVR

Goods Wagons

14428 is a 2-plank long wheelbase open wagon, built for use by the GWR Signal Dept. Wagons used for this type of purpose were not allocated a telegraphic code. It has an 18ft wheelbase with a 14 ton capacity, and was used for transporting signal posts and similar equipment.



14428 was built at Swindon in 1921 to Diagram T.10. This diagram covered the three last long wheelbase Engineering Department wagons built the GWR, each under a separate lot number, with 14428 the last to be built under lot 881.[1]

It saw service with the GWR and later with BR(W), including many years at Tyseley.[2]


14428 was acquired by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund in 1971[3] and arrived on the SVR on 2 May 1972 from Danygraig (near Swansea). After re-painting at Bewdley it was put straight into service.[4][5]

14428 was listed as requiring a major overhaul in 1989[6]. However it continued in use by the SVR’s S&T Department until summer 1990 when the Wagon Department emptied it and removed all the wagon’s timbers, thus preventing further use.[7] The overhaul required major frame repairs with some twelve frame sections being replaced, along with the curb rail and corner strengthening plates. New body planks were fitted, all four carriage springs were reconditioned, and attention given to one axlebox bearing. Finally the wagon was repainted in GWR engineers' black livery.[8]

14428 is still owned by the GWR 813 Preservation Fund. It is believed to be the only surviving wagon of its type.[9]

See Also


  1. Atkins et al (1975) Vol 1 p. 42.
  2. SVR News 24
  4. SVR News 25
  5. SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  6. SVR News 91
  7. SVR News 96
  8. SVR News 98
  9. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey