GWR 99965 Open 'C' Goods Wagon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 99965 Open 'C' Goods Wagon
GWR 99965 Open 'C' Goods Wagon.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway 99965 Open 'C' Goods Wagon
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status In service
Number 99965
Other Numbers I/U 023308
Built 1927
Diagram O.19
Lot 971
Type 14 ton open wagon
Telegraphic code OPEN C (later TUBE)
1988 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1994 Major overhaul

Goods Wagons

99965 is a 25 foot 4-wheel 4-plank open wagon with a 15 ft wheelbase. It had a capacity of 14 tons and was designed to carry steel pipes. It originally had the telegraphic code 'OPEN C', later re-coded ‘TUBE’ during the 1940s.[1]


99965 was built at Swindon in 1927 to Diagram O19, Lot 971. After service with the GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W), 99965 was moved to Internal UserRolling stock used for the railway’s internal purposes (stores etc.) at one fixed location. duties at the Wolverton Carriage Works as number I/U 023308.[1]


99965 was acquired for preservation by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Wolverton on 5 May 1988.[1]

Following a request from the boilersmiths at Bridgnorth for a suitable wagon to hold a number of superheater flues, 99965 was moved from store in Kidderminster to Bewdley in summer 1994 for replacement of ‘a few planks’. On arrival, the door planks, end planks, floor, curb rail, all four carrying springs, one buffer spring, and the handbrake ratchet pawl spring were all condemned and the simple job became a major overhaul.[2] The axleguards were found to be out of alignment and were removed, straightened and re-riveted in place. The body was rebuilt using new timber, and 99965 was repainted in 1920s GWRGreat Western Railway livery during November 1994. On completion of this work, the wagon was then moved to Bridgnorth and loaded with superheater flues as intended.[3]

99965 is still used for storage of boiler components at Bridgnorth, as seen in the photograph.

See Also

List of goods wagons


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 111
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 113/114