GWR 143 Tool & Packing Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 143 Tool & Packing Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway Tool & Packing Van 143
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Static use
Number 143
Built 1913
Diagram CC8
Lot 718
Type 4-w Tool and Packing van
Telegraphic code n/a
Brakes DC III
1972 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1987 Major overhaul

Goods Wagons

This 4-wheel non-vented van was a ‘one-off’ built at Swindon in 1913 to Diagram CC8, lot 718 for use at Wolverhampton Stafford Road works as a Tool and Packing van (a similar one-off to Diagram CC6 was built for Swindon works). It is 28ft 6in over the headstocksThe underframe member across each end of a wagon carrying the buffers and coupling. Known as the Bufferbeam on a locomotive. with an 18ft wheelbase.

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[1].


143 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Wolverhampton on 29 January 1972. It was initially restored a short time later including waterproofing the roof.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

In 2014 The 2857 Society transferred their spares from GWR 5043 Full Third to 143. The main photograph shows the van in Bewdley Down Yard on 20 March 2015.

By September 2017 143 had been moved into the goods shed for roof repairs and a repaint.[6] Painting and signwriting was completed outside by July 2018.


See also

List of goods wagons


  1. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 490-494
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 29
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 82
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 84,86
  6. SVR Wagons News