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GWR 20T Toad brake van 68684
This Great Western Railway 20T Toad brake van is number 68684. This brake van was built in 1924 to Diagram AA.15, Lot 910. It was in very a good state of repair
Great Western Railway 20T Toad brake van 95092 at the Didcot Railway Centre from the other side.
The Great Western Society has the old engine sheds at Didcot They are on a large site in a triangle of lines. The Main Didcot line station which is on the Great Western Main line is on one side. The London to Oxford line is on the other and the Swindon to Oxford line on the other side.
The Society was offered the use of the engine shed at Didcot that had become redundant.
The Society moved in the engine shed at Didcot with just 3 GWR locomotives and a some carriages in 1967. Its is now the Didcot Railway Centre with the best collection of GWR engines and rolling stock in the UK.
Sign on top of this and van below reads
'Loco Carriage & Wagon Dept Taunton'
Breakdown Train Vehicle no 56 is a riding van built in 1908 at Swindon
|Covered Vans page1
|Tank wagons page 2
|Mink G 20Ton van 112843.
|Tar tank wagon No.1
|GWR TEVAN 79933.
|Royal Daylight oil tank wagon no.745
|12 tons Mink A van 101720
|Express Dairy tank wagon SR4409
|Fruit C covered van no.2862
|6 wheel Drinking Water Tank Wagon
|10 tons Iron Mink covered van 11152
|BRAKE VANS page 3
|Fish Bloate covered van no. 2671
|20T Toad brake van 68684
|Covered van WGB 4166
|20T Toad brake van 950592
|Covered Van 101836
|Breakdown Train Vehicle no1
|Breakdown Train Vehicle no 56
Didcot Center Pages
|Open wagons page 4
|Didcot Railway Center Steam
|12T China clay open wagon 92943
|Didcot Railway Centre- Steam 1975 +Diesels 2008
|GWR Loco Coal wagon 63066
|Chaired sleeper wagon 100682
|PNA 21.5T GWS55267
The very slow pick up freight, stopping at small way side stations are long gone. Todays airbraked trains of long wheel base wagons can now do 60mph. These freights are now in block trains.
The local pick freight would pick up one wagon from a small wayside station. This train took the wagon to a larger freight yard. The wagons were then shunted onto to another freight train to another yard, were it would then be shunted into another pick freight. This traffic was slow. These trains used wagons that had change little over the years. It often took days to get from A to B.
Coal oil and fish and livestock plus parcels newspapers and mail were all moved by rail plus ever sort of cargo that day goes by road. Moving cargos like coal and iorn ore was why the railways were opened. The roads were often only muddy tracks when the railway first opened. Trains to carry people came later. Saving wagons is just as important as locomotives.
This website is Ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk it is on railways but it is not just on trains but all things railways, with photos, which I have taken from the 1970s till now. I take photos of all things railways, steam diesel and electric trains, signal boxes, wagons any thing that is on the National Rail network, which was BR when I started taken photos.