GWR 1145 Toplight 'Snake C' Passenger Brake
|GWRGreat Western Railway 1145 Toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake|
GWRGreat Western Railway toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake 1145
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Designed By||ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922|
|Type||SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C, BG|
|2009||Restored as a static shop|
GWRGreat Western Railway ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 toplight 'SnakeGWR telegraphic code signifying a passenger brake van C' Passenger Brake (BG) No 1145 was built in 1922. Accommodation consisted of a guard’s compartment situated between two luggage vans, with a corridor along one side to allow passengers to pass through, but this was removed when the coach was transferred into departmental use for delivering DMUDiesel Multiple Unit parts to Swindon Works.
1145 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Bristol on 11 September 1973. In summer 1974 it was one four carriages requested for the following year's Rail 150 event at Shildon celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, although the time needed for restoration meant that other carriages eventually attended instead.
1145 has previously seen use as Santa's Grotto, but after the SVRSevern Valley Railway obtained replacement vehicles in 1999, 1145 saw use as a store. In 2007 was moved to Bewdley and briefly used as accommodation, then as the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund shop until its deteriorating condition led to its temporary replacement by LNER Pigeon Van 70759. In order to release 70759 for restoration, the The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund agreed with the Great Western (SVR) Association that, in return for the LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Fund’s working members carrying out basic conservation and restoration work, it would be used as The Great Western (SVR) Association Shop.
Sister 261 is also resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 32
- Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
- Severn Valley Railway Stock Book Eighth Edition
- 1145 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line
- LNER (SVR) Coach Fund's 1145 webpage
- GW(SVR)A Sales Stand webpage