GWR 80982 Signal Dept Van

GWR 80982 Signal Dept Van
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GWR 80982 Signal Dept Van
Built By GWR Swindon
Status Operational (static use)
Number 80982
Built 1913
Diagram CC7
Lot 767
Type Signal Dept van
Capacity 10 tons
Telegraphic code None
1972 Entered preservation on SVR

Goods Wagons

80982 is the only surviving example[1] of ten iron-bodied Tool Vans built for the GWR’s Signal Department, these being the last wrought iron vans built by the GWR. Illumination was provided by two skylights and two oil lamps.[2]


80982 in service

80982 was built at Swindon in 1913 to Diagram CC7, Lot 767, and was allocated to Reading Signal Dept.[3] Workshop and tool vans built to Diagram CC were not allocated a telegraphic code.[4] As a Departmental wagon, it carried the number DW 80982.

80982 in preservation

After being decommissioned by BR(W), 80982 was rescued from Bristol, arriving on the SVR on 2 May 1972. It was originally intended for storage,[5] but has been fully restored. It is operational but is normally located at Bewdley next to the Goods Shed where it serves as the Wagon Department's mess van. It is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.

It appeared on the main line in 1985 as part of the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.[6]

See also


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. SVR Stock Book 9th Edition
  4. A history of GWR goods wagons. A G Atkins, W Beard, D J Hyde, R Tourret. 1986. ISBN 0-7153-8725-1
  5. SVR News 24
  6. SVR News 78