Based in the goods shed at Bewdley, the goods wagons are maintained and restored by a small team of volunteers. The wagons originate from a variety of railway companies including not only the Great Western, but also the London Midland and Scottish (LMS), London North Western (LNWR) and South East and Chatham (SECR) to name but a few.
The best wagons take to the limelight on Gala events. This example is from the Autumn Steam Gala in September 2006 with the visiting 0-8-0 locomotive.
The Wagon Department is based in Bewdley goods shed. This open wagon will return to its full former glory. The wagon department welcomes donations towards the upkeep of the fleet.
Click the image below for a video tour of this 20 Ton GWR “Toad” brake van, restored to a very high quality by the SVR Wagon Department.
Ballast train on Autumn Steam Gala 2005
Goods train, Branch Line Gala, February 2007
Some Great Western Railway wagons use a spring loaded ratchet type of handbrake: