GWR 89 Riding/Dormitory Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 89 Riding/Dormitory Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway Riding and Dormitory Van 89
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational
Number 89
Other Numbers DW 89[1]
History
Built 1908
Lot 580
Type 4-w riding/dormitory van
Telegraphic code n/a
1972 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

89 is a GWRGreat Western Railway 4-wheel Riding and Dormitory Van. In service these ran paired with 6-wheel Tool vans such as GWR 66, and were stationed at GWRGreat Western Railway loco sheds. The Tool and Riding Van pairs would be required to attend mishaps as fast as possible and were vacuum-braked to allow running at near express speeds.

89 was built at Swindon in 1908. It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Worcester on 29 January 1972,[2] and is situated in Bewdley yard. Following the death of long-time owner Pete Simpson, agreement was reached in 2021 with the administrators of his estate for the van to be acquired by the Great Western (SVR) Association[3] Since that time the Association has been sorting through the material left by Pete, much of which can be utilised by the Association. Once cleared, it is likely that GWRGreat Western Railway 89 will be used as the Association's mess van, GWR 98 Full Brake having insufficient space for that purpose in addition to acting as a workshop vehicle and store[4].

See also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. GW(SVRSevern Valley Railway)A Newsletter Winter 2022, Editorial by Chris Haynes.
  4. GW(SVRSevern Valley Railway)A Newsletter Summer 2022, Editorial by Chris Haynes.

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