The LNER Carriage Group
The LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Carriage Group is part of the SVR Charitable Trust. The group has volunteers in common with The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund; it was formed in 2010 at the time the Coach Fund transferred ownership of three carriages to the Charitable Trust. It maintains and restores LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway carriages owned by the Trust.
Carriage Group projects
The Group restored LNER 24506 Brake Third at Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department. This carriage is the body of LNER 70759 Gangwayed Full Brake/Pigeon Van on a replacement underframe from another BG(P) No 70442. Four passenger compartments with side corridor and toilet have been added at one end, whilst the other end consisting of Guard's compartment and luggage van remain in original condition. It was financed mainly by private sponsorship supplemented by revenue from a volunteer run shop and by a grant from Severn Valley Railway Company Limited. 24506 entered SVRSevern Valley Railway traffic on 20 August 2016.
The Group raised the finance for the upgrading of the interior of LNER 43600 Open Third in conjunction with a scheduled overhaul carried out in 2015/16 by Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC. £13k was raised by private sponsorship to improve the seating, tables and wall lamps, plus new mirrors, luggage racks and coathooks. Replica LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway pattern moquette was also provided by the Trust to cover the seats. The Group also provided physical assistance by preparing the roof for re-canvassing. LNER 52255 Open Third was similarly improved in 2016. Subsequently, the Group has assisted with the scheduled overhauls of LNER 24068 Composite Corridor Brake, LNER 24105 Open Third and LNER 43612 Open Third.
It also restored GWR 17410 'Toad' 20T Goods Brake Van. This vehicle was in 2016 donated to the SVR Charitable Trust. The Group commenced its restoration in December 2015 from a very run-down condition with work completed in June 2018.
As of 2021[update] the Group's main project at Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department is restoration and conversion of GWR 9581 Wheelchair accessible Buffet Car (formerly GWRGreat Western Railway 5043 Full Third). This vehicle was in 2017 transferred to SVRSevern Valley Railway(H). The Group commenced its restoration in 2017 with completion expected in 2023.
The LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway (SVRSevern Valley Railway) Coach Fund and the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Carriage Group publish regular joint newsletters and maintain a joint website where these may be seen (see links below).
- The LNER Carriage Group (SVRSevern Valley Railway Charitable Trust)
- LNER (SVR) Coach Fund & LNER Carriage Group joint website home page