GWR 143 Tool & Packing Van
|GWRGreat Western Railway 143 Tool & Packing Van|
GWRGreat Western Railway Tool & Packing Van 143
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Type||4-w Tool and Packing van|
|1972||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
Construction and service
The official drawing for Diagram CC8 was based on a Diagram V9 20ft wheelbase MINK D, although little care seems to have been taken when preparing it, possibly because it was done after the wagon had already been built and shipped to Wolverhampton. The CC8 drawing labelled the wheelbase as 18ft although the drawing dimensions were unchanged from the 20ft layout. The drawing showed the external side panels with full V9 ‘X’ bracing although the wagon as built had only diagonal bracing on the end panels and no bracing on the middle panels. The diagram also included underslung springing although the wagon as built had the standard V9 J-hangers. Other modifications to the standard MINK D included the addition of an end door, three skylights and oil lamps.
In late 1986, 143 was selected for a full overhaul and moved to the Goods Shed at Bewdley from Highley where it had been in use for some time as a timber and coach seat store, despite the absence of its roof canvas and skylight glazing. This exposure to the weather required the replacement of the roof boards and skylights, around a quarter of the floorboards, all eight side doors and one end door. The roof was re-canvassed and the van repainted into GWRGreat Western Railway Lake livery and lettered as originally built in 1913, with the overhaul being completed by July 1987.
By September 2017 143 had been moved into the goods shed for roof repairs and a repaint. Painting and signwriting was completed outside by July 2018.
- Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 490-494
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 29
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 82
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 84,86
- SVR Wagons News