GWR 2303 Fruit Van
|GWRGreat Western Railway 2303 Fruit Van|
GWRGreat Western Railway 2303 Fruit Van
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon|
|Other Numbers||47833, DW 150063|
|Type||4-w ventilated van|
|1973||Entered preservation on the SVRSevern Valley Railway|
The GWRGreat Western Railway began the construction of ventilated vans specifically for carrying fruit in 1890, and these were categorised under Diagram Y. 2303 was built at Swindon in 1898 to Diagram Y2 as part of Lot 230 and was originally numbered 47833 in the Goods series. It had a 6-ton capacity with a 10ft wheelbase. The ventilation on Y2 vans included gaps between the floor planks open to the track, as well as single louvres between the planks and central end vents. The majority of the Y2 vans including 2303 were built as vacuum braked only and given the telegraphic code FRUIT, although the last 22 included dual brakes and were coded FRUIT A.47833 was later renumbered 2303 in 'Brown Vehicle' series from 1916 until withdrawal in 1958. It was then converted to a Packing Van and numbered DW 150063 in DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use. It was withdrawn for scrapping from BRBritish Rail or British Railways Tyseley in 1973.
2303 was acquired by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund, being delivered to Bewdley on 24 November 1973. It spent a period in use as a stores van for the GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 Coach Fund. Some restoration work began in Autumn 1983; by spring 1984 all the roof timbers had been replaced and the body was being cleaned down and repainted. Further work was then postponed awaiting heavier repairs, which began when the van became the Wagon Department’s project for Winter 1987. The work carried out included overhauling the van’s mechanics and replacing corroded steel T-sections and rotten tongue and groove boards. New doors were built, the roof re-canvassed and the van repainted in GWRGreat Western Railway ‘Brown’ livery. 2303 returned to service in mid-1988, although a planned appearance in the 1988 June Freight Weekend parcels train was ended by a 'hot box' due to a broken spring in the bearing lubricating pad.
It is owned by the GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
- Atkins et al (1976) Vol 2 p. 104.
- GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 30
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 88
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 69
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 71
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 86
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 107
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