BR 707261 Crane Runner

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 707261 Crane Runner
B707261 20190514.jpg
B707261 is paired with GWRGreat Western Railway Hand Crane 446
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Ashford
Status Stored
Number B 707261
Other Numbers ADB 707261, I/U 060983
Built 1957
Diagram 1/069
Lot 3024
Type ConflatGWR telegraphic code signifying a flat wagon for containers A (as built)
Capacity 13 tons
1982 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

B 707261 began life as a Container Flat (CONFLAT A), built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at Ashford in 1957.[1] It was later converted for use as a crane runner for Hand Crane GWR 446, the crane and runner being numbered I/U 060982 and 060983 respectively.[2]


The hand crane and crane runner arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 6 December 1982 from Bristol, having been acquired by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.[3] Both spent some time stored in the ‘Stourport Triangle’, the junction of the Stourport Branch and the present day SVRSevern Valley Railway south of Bewdley. In January 2019 it was announced that the crane was to move to Arley for cosmetic restoration as a static display, while the crane runner will be swapped with a GWRGreat Western Railway flat wagon that will better suit the crane.[4] In March 2019 the crane and runner were moved to Bewdley and in May to Arley.

In May 2019 the GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund expected the vehicle would move to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway[5], although that sale was never completed and by August 2019 it was for sale again.[6] As of June 2020 it is under offer and expected to move to another heritage railway once sold.

See also


  1. Rowland (1996) App. 4.
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway Wagons Facebook 13 January 2019
  5. Baxter, Nick J. P., SVRSevern Valley Railway Unofficial Facebook, 5 May 2019
  6. National Preservation Forum 'Rolling Stock for Sale' (retrieved 12 August 2019)