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GWR open wagon 92943
This Great Western Railway 12T China clay open wagon is number 92943. This wagon which was built in 1913 to Diagram O.13, Lot 750. It was being repainted when I took this photo in 2008. It had, had, the large GW letters on it befor and was to be repainted with the small GWR above the number on the left hand 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.
Great Western 20 Ton Loco Coal wagon 63066
This wagon is a Great Western 20 Ton Loco Coal wagon number 63066. This wagon was built in 1946 to Diagram N.34 lot 1480.
Great Western Macaw.B no.70335 at Didcot
This wagon which was built by the Great Western railway to diagram J28 is a bogie bolster wagon. They were used for long lengths of steel or wood or rail like what is was being used for on the day in 2008.
Chaired sleeper wagon number GWS91200 at Didcot
Close up of some of the Chaired sleeper wagon GWS91200 details.
This Chaired sleeper wagon is number 100682 it was built in 1939 to Diagram T.12, Lot 1313. It is as well as being a part of the Great Western wagons saved at Dicot, it is also still a working wagon. It can still be used on the main lines as it has a Tops code 74311. Note the air pipes fitted for todays frieght trains.
The Close up photo above gives details of it present day mainline number PFW GWS 91200. The wagon is used to bring in heavy parts to the centre and can be used on the mainlines in the UK.This and the one below may be the some of the only GWR built wagons to have an up to date Tops code (Photo 2008) ?
PNA 21.5T GWS55267 at Didcot
|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.