GWR 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)

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GWRGreat Western Railway 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)
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GWRGreat Western Railway 14428 Open Wagon (Signal Dept)
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Number 14428
Built 1921
Diagram T.10
Lot 881
Type 4-wheel open wagon
Capacity 14 tons
Telegraphic code none
1972 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

14428 is a 2-plank long wheelbase open wagon, built for use by the GWRGreat Western Railway Signal Dept. Wagons used for this type of purpose were not allocated a telegraphic code. It has an 18ft wheelbase with a 14 ton capacity, and was used for transporting signal posts and similar equipment.


14428 was built at Swindon in 1921 to Diagram T.10. This diagram covered the three last long wheelbase Engineering Department wagons built the GWRGreat Western Railway, each under a separate lot number, with 14428 the last to be built under lot 881.[1]

It saw service with the GWRGreat Western Railway and later with BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W), including many years at Tyseley.[2]


14428 was acquired by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund in 1971[3] and arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 2 May 1972 from Danygraig (near Swansea). After re-painting at Bewdley it was put straight into service.[4][5]

14428 was listed as requiring a major overhaul in 1989[6]. However it continued in use by the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s S&TSignals & Telegraph Department until summer 1990 when the Wagon Department emptied it and removed all the wagon’s timbers, thus preventing further use.[7] The overhaul required major frame repairs with some twelve frame sections being replaced, along with the curb rail and corner strengthening plates. New body planks were fitted, all four carriage springs were reconditioned, and attention given to one axlebox bearing. Finally the wagon was repainted in GWRGreat Western Railway engineers' black livery.[8]

14428 is still owned by the GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund. It is believed to be the only surviving wagon of its type.[9]

See Also

List of goods wagons


  1. Atkins et al (1975) Vol 1 p. 42.
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 24
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 25
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 91
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 96
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 98
  9. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey