SE&CR Open Goods Wagon 12522

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SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon 12522
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SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon 12522
Built By SE&CRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway, Ashford
Status Overhaul in progress
Number 12522
Other Numbers PBA 58183
Built 1920
Diagram 1347
Type 4-wheel 5-plank open
Capacity 10 tons
1975 Preserved
1988 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

This ex-South East and Chatham Railway Open Goods Wagon was built at Ashford, Kent in 1920. Many wagons of this period were wooden-framed, but this example had steel chassis members. As a result it had a long working life, passing to the SRSouthern Railway at Grouping in 1923, and to BRBritish Rail or British Railways post-War. It was later sold to the Port of Bristol Authority, and finally purchased for preservation in 1975.

After being stored for 13 years it arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in January 1988.[1] On arrival it was in generally good condition, although one headstockThe underframe member across each end of a wagon carrying the buffers and coupling. Known as the Bufferbeam on a locomotive. had been severely bent due to a heavy shunt in the past and needed replacement.[2] A debut in the 2857 75th Anniversary Freight Train on 22 May 1988 was curtailed by a hot axle box, although this was fixed in time for an appearance in the Autumn Steam Gala the same year.[3]

In 2001 one end of 12522 was derailed on trap points outside Bewdley South Box. The wagon was re-railed using the 6-ton steam crane. Some 18 months later the wagon suffered another hot axle box; investigations revealed that during the re-railing both that bearing and another at the other end of the wagon had been displaced. Both bearings were re-metaled and machined, and the opportunity taken to replace a number of body planks using second-hand timber from a china clay wagon. A repaint was also carried out with the wagon returning to service in early 2004.[4].

In summer 2017 the wagon began another overhaul by the Wagon Department at Bewdley Goods Shed. On this occasion installation of new curb rails and replacement of floor and body timbers was required.[5] Early in 2018 new brake pins and other parts were fabricated, but being an ‘outside’ job, little further work was done until the summer. As of December 2018 the wagon had been moved inside the goods shed where work was continuing.[6].

See also

List of goods wagons
Rolling stock currently under restoration


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 88
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 90
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 147
  5. National Preservation Forum ‘SVRSevern Valley Railway wagons 2017’ thread
  6. National Preservation Forum ‘SVR wagons 2018’ thread


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