GWR 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
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GWRGreat Western Railway 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
Built By Metropolitan C&WCarriage & Wagon, Saltley
Status Under renovation
Number 98480
Other Numbers PBA 58194
Built 1921
Diagram O18
Lot 868
Type 10 ton 5-plank open wagon
Telegraphic code OPEN A
Brakes non-vac fitted
1981 Entered preservation
1982 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1986 Restored
2019 Under renovation

Goods Wagons

98480 is a type ‘Open A’, signifying a 10-ton capacity 5-plank open wagon with a sheet support (which it no longer has) but not equipped with vacuum brakes. It is fitted with Mk.3 DeanWilliam Dean, Chief Locomotive Engineer of the Great Western Railway 1877-1902 / ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 brake gear, which uses a ratchet and pawl to keep the brake on, avoiding the need to "pin down" the brake. This type of brake can also be fully applied without the use of a brake stick.[1]


98480 was built in 1921 by the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Company[note 1] at Saltley under contract to Diagram O18, Lot 868.[2] It later saw service on the Port of Bristol Authority’s Avonmouth Docks internal system, where it was numbered PBA 58194.[3]


98480 was acquired from the PBA by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund in 1982,[4] arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 19 February 1982.[3] It received a ‘quick repaint’ shortly after arrival, although other rectification work was left to a later date.[5]

98480 was subsequently stored at Kidderminster, deemed to be in unusable condition. During 1986 it was moved to Bewdley for overhaul. This included welding repairs to cracks in the framework and the replacement of curb rails which the PBA had removed to gain access to the floor planks without stripping the sides down. The brake gear also received attention and the wagon entered service after being repainted.[1]

In July 2012 98480 was photographed at Kidderminster[6] but by the following month it had been moved into storage in the Tenbury Siding at Bewdley.[7] By March 2019 the Wagon Department had started renovation work.[8] It was one of the items of rolling stock where repairs were interrupted by the 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic with major repairs underway to the underframe and brake gear.[9] As of 2023 repairs continue.

See also


  1. The company underwent several changes of name, becoming the Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1902 and ultimately the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company (Metro-Cammell) in 1929


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 82
  2. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) p. 28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 66
  6. Sharpo’s World
  7. Gareth Price photo
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway Wagons Facebook 3 March 2019
  9. Express Points, August 2020