GWR 3467 Fruit D Van
|GWRGreat Western Railway 3467 Fruit D Van|
GWRGreat Western Railway Fruit Van 3467 (2015)
|Built By||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Swindon|
|Type||4-w ventilated van|
|Telegraphic code||FRUIT D|
|1973||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
GWRGreat Western Railway 3467 'Fruit D' is a long wheelbase fruit van. It was built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at Swindon in 1955, some 8 years after nationalisation, as part of Lot 1780 to Diagram Y14, a GWRGreat Western Railway design. In service it was piped for steam heat, although not heated itself, and was gas-lit.
Four 'Fruit D's were acquired by the SVRSevern Valley Railway during the 1970s for the storage of loco spares. 3467 was acquired in 1973 from BRBritish Rail or British Railways stock at Kidderminster goods yard where it had been condemned, moving 'over the border' to the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 24 November of that year. The late Bill Bennett was responsible for acquiring the vehicle from BRBritish Rail or British Railways, using his connections as an employee in the permanent way department. 3467 has been at Hampton Loade ever since. It was initially used by the Hampton Loade Locomotive Fund (of which he was Treasurer) who supported the restoration of GWR Large Prairie 4141. When the partially restored locomotive left the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1988, it was taken over and converted into the Hampton Loade Station Fund Shop.
When delivered to Hampton Loade, 3467 was in BRBritish Rail or British Railways Blue livery. In preservation it has carried GWRGreat Western Railway passenger brown and GWRGreat Western Railway freight grey. Both these liveries are inaccurate for a vehicle built in 1955, but this has been done to blend in with Hampton Loade station which is painted in 1930s GWRGreat Western Railway colours. After a repaint in 2015 3467 is once again in GWRGreat Western Railway brown.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 118