The GWR 813 Preservation Fund
The GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund was founded in 1966 as an unincorporated membership organisation. In October 2021 it became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity number 1196114, company number CE026885. There is currently no annual subscription and membership is granted to those making a minimum donation amount. The Fund owns 0-6-0ST locomotive GWR 813 (originally Port Talbot Railway No 26), together with an extensive collection of wagons and other rolling stock.
When GWR 813 Saddle Tank locomotive was offered for sale by the National Coal Board, it was last surviving item of any form of Port Talbot Railway rolling stock. Although the locomotive was in the usual appalling 'Coal Board Condition', Paddy Goss set up the Fund to preserve it. The purchase price was paid in August 1967 with delivery from Backworth Colliery, Northumberland to Bridgnorth following on 25 November 1967.
While restoration was still in progress, the Fund began to preserve other items of rolling stock. This began in 1969 when attempts were being made to save the CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 coaches from the Swindon Test Train. The Fund acquired Full Third 1146, one of five which were secured for the SVRSevern Valley Railway and arrived on 19 December 1969.
The purchase of coach 1146 was followed by many GWRGreat Western Railway goods wagons, cranes and other coaches including Full Brake 98 and former resident Corridor Third 4872. By summer 1992 these totalled 72 vehicles, more than half of which were on the SVRSevern Valley Railway with the rest at a number of other preserved railways. The collection has increased further since, now numbering around 100 items of rolling stock. See Rolling stock owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund for a full list of the Fund's rolling stock based at the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
On 23 November 2019 the Rouse family donated to the Fund a large portion of David Rouse's photographic archive. It will take some time for the Fund to go through the collection.
For many years the 813 Fund ran a sales stand at Kidderminster. In October 2021 the Fund announced that in future the sales stand would be based at Bewdley station in GWR 55 Riding/Dormitory Van.
- ↑ GWR 813 Preservation Fund
- ↑ Baxter, Nick J.P., GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund Facebook page, 11 October 2021 (Retrieved 11 October 2021)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 103, "813, An Unfortunate Case of How Not to Restore a Loco", Simon Marshall
- ↑ Rolling stock list on GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund website
- ↑ The GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Preservation Fund Facebook page 23 November 2019