GWR 66 Breakdown Tool Van

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GWRGreat Western Railway 66 Breakdown Tool Van
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GWRGreat Western Railway Breakdown Tool Van 66
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational (Static use)
Number 66
Other Numbers DW 66[1]
Built 1921
Lot 864
Type 4-w tool van
Telegraphic code n/a
1976 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

GWRGreat Western Railway Breakdown Tool Van 66 was built in 1921 and first allocated to Taunton. In service these 6-wheel Tool Vans carried a large selection of equipment and lifting tackle, and were paired with Riding/Dormitory Vans such as GWR89. They were vacuum-braked to permit fast running to the scene of accidents and breakdowns on the railway.[2]

66 was originally gas lit and when preserved, all the fittings apart from gas mantles and light shades were still intact.

66 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 23 April 1976 from Ashchurch. It was owned by the Erlestoke Manor Fund until 1985, when it was put up for sale. It was then acquired by the GWR 813 Preservation Fund, and initially put to use as a tool van by the P.WayPermanent Way Department[3].

GWRGreat Western Railway 66 is situated at Hampton Loade where it is used by The Barry Railway Carriage Trust as a sales vehicle.[4] The Trust announced in 2022 that it had agreed with the SVRSevern Valley Railway that 163 would leave the line,

See also

List of goods wagons
Rolling stock currently under restoration


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 78
  4. GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund