GWR 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
|GWRGreat Western Railway 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon|
GWRGreat Western Railway 98480 5 plank Open Goods Wagon
|Built By||Metro-Cammell, Saltley|
|Other Numbers||PBA 58194|
|Type||10 ton 5-plank open wagon|
|Telegraphic code||OPEN A|
|1982||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
98480 was built in 1921 by BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company at Smethwick under contract to Diagram O18, Lot 868. It later saw service on the Port of Bristol Authority’s Avonmouth Docks internal system, where it was numbered PBA 58194.
98480 was acquired from the PBA by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund in 1981, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 19 February 1982. It received a ‘quick repaint’ shortly after arrival, although other rectification work was left to a later date.
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.
In July 2012 98480 was photographed at Kidderminster but by the following month it had been moved into storage in the Tenbury Siding at Bewdley. By March 2019 the Wagon Department had started renovation work. 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. As of 2022[update] repairs continue.
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- Gareth Price photo
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