GWR 14984 Workshop Van (Signal Dept)

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GWRGreat Western Railway 14984 Workshop Van (Signal Dept)
GWR 14984 20191027.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway Workshop Van 14984
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Under restoration
Number 14984
Built 1902
Diagram CC3
Lot 453
Type 6-w Workshop van
Capacity 8 tons
Telegraphic code n/a
2019 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

GWRGreat Western Railway 14984 Workshop Van (Signal Dept) is an iron-bodied 6-wheeled workshop van, built for the GWRGreat Western Railway Signal Department.


14983 was built in 1902 to Diagram CC.3, Lot 453.[1] 22 of these vans were built between 1902 and 1912, the design being based on the Iron MinkGWR telegraphic code signifying a covered goods van of the period but with a 6-wheel configuration and 24ft 6in body. It included windows in the sides and ends and skylights in the roof. Internally it was fitted with oil lamps and equipped with work benches and lockers[2].


The van spent some years at Tyseley (formerly Birmingham Railway Museum).[3] It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 18 February 2019, having been acquired by The Kidderminster Railway Museum Trust as a long term restoration project.[4]

The photos below show the restoration work in progress at various dates since. As of March 2024 the majority of the steelwork has been replaced.

See also


  1. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) p. 39
  2. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 490-492
  3. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  4. National Preservation Forum