Carriages and Wagons

Our Carriages and Wagons

Built as number 244 in 1895 by Metropolitan Carriage and wagon for the Cambrian Railways company in Wales as one of a batch of 12 such vehicles.

36 feet long with 6 third class compartments each with its own door, it was carried on a 6 wheel under frame and had gas lighting. It was originally painted in bronze green livery with white panels.

The Cambrian Railways became part of the Great Western Railway in the 1923 grouping and 244 was renumbered 4103 by the GWR and repainted in chocolate and cream livery.

4103 was the last of these vehicles to be withdrawn in 1936 and the body removed from the under frame and sold off, as was the case with many of old carriages withdrawn in the 1930s.

It was purchased by John Bedding for £60, and he had it moved by railway haulier Bert Bracey using a six-horse team, to his Five Acres site at Lambourn, where he and his family lived in the coach for about ten years until 1945, when it was sold to the Masters family. Jim and Amy Masters lived in the home from 1945 to 1985 after which it was donated to the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway in 1990. When it arrived, it was believed to be 4109 and it carried this identity until 2022, when the team currently restoring it, uncovered numbers stamped into the framework that showed the body is actually that of 4103.

Despite its appearance, and after nearly 70 years off the rails 4103 was still in remarkably good condition when it arrived in Wallingford, and after some repairs it was restored to GWR 1927 livery and was used as the coffee shop. Whilst it was true that the Cambrian coach made a charming café for visitors unfortunately the kitchen facilities were taking a toll on the fabric of the old coach, and it was decided to use it to house the Societies Museum.

During the process of stripping the old paint off some of the original lettering was discovered under the layers of bitumen on one side including the 1927 coat of arms and the earlier garter crest.

Now well over 125 years old, we in the process of restoring 4103 as an example of the Victorian coaches which were used on the Wallingford branch well into the 1930s.

The Wallingford Fryer - Fish and Chips Train

The Wallingford Fryer. Saturday 17th August.

Enjoy an evening on the Bunk Line with a fish and chip supper.

Passenger Carriages

The passenger carrying coaches used on our railway are all BR Mark 1s. These were designed by the newly nationalised British Railways as a standard post-war design for use on all regions. The design took features from the big four railway companies (GWR, LMS, LNER & SR) and had to make use of the available materials, as there were still considerable shortages following the second world war. The resulting vehicles were highly successful, being built in large numbers between 1950 and 1964 with the last examples withdrawn from normal mainline use in 2005, they are still used on heritage railtours today.

The basic body shell could contain specific window, door, and seating arrangements for different duties. The coaches at Wallingford are a mixture of Tourist Second Open (TSO) coaches, with 64 seats arranged in eight bays of four, and Brake Second Corridor (BSK) coaches, having 32 seats in four compartments, a Guard's compartment, and a large luggage area. The current vehicles are:

 

British Railways MK1 Tourist Second Open, 3736, Undergoing Restoration. Built by BR at Doncaster

in 1953, this was the first of the ubiquitous Diagram 93 TSOs to be built. Withdrawn in 1983, it was originally preserved at the Birmingham Railway Museum and arrived at Wallingford in 1997.

 

British Railways MK1 Tourist Second Open, 4508, Active. This coach was part of the Great Western 150th anniversary rail tour set in 1985, the tables still feature the GWR150 logo. It was originally preserved at the Birmingham Railway Museum and arrived at Wallingford in 1997. 4508 was re-upholstered by the CWRPS volunteers using traditional 'Trojan' moquette produced by the original manufacturers, who are still in business.

 

British Railways MK1 Tourist Second Open, 4628, Out of Service requiring restoration. Built by BR at York in 1956. Withdrawn in 1982 it is awaiting transport to Wallingford.

 

British Railways MK1 Brake Second Corridor, 34623, undergoing restoration. Built by Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Ltd in Gloucester in 1955. It was withdrawn in 1990 and arrived at Wallingford in 2022 and is undergoing repairs to allow it to enter service.

 

British Railways MK1 Brake Second Corridor, 35129, Active. Built by Charles Roberts Ltd near Wakefield in 1957 it remained in service until 1986. It was then used for SAS training exercises until it was preserved in 1989, eventually arriving at Wallingford in 1995.

 

In addition, there are two Great Western Railway carriages at Wallingford:

 

Great Western Railway Collett Full Brake, 184. Built at Swindon in 1935, this carriage did not carry passengers as it comprised two large luggage areas separated by a Guard's compartment. It was withdrawn in 1971 and became an ENPARTS van, used to transport engine spare parts from Swindon works and eventually arrived at Wallingford in 1990. Today it is used by the Carriage & Wagon Department.

 

Great Western Railway Hawksworth Brake Second Corridor, 2225, Out of Service. Built by Metropolitan Cammell at Washford Heath in 1950, this was one of the last GWR designed coaches but was supplied to BR after nationalisation, before the Mark 1 coaches entered service. It was withdrawn in 1966 and converted to a staff van for use with a track machine. It arrived at Wallingford in 1988.

Wagons

Goods trains were the original reason for building the railways and most goods were moved by train well into the 1960s. Many wagons were given names to allow them to be identified in telegraph messages. For example, the GWR called their goods brake vans 'Toad' and permanent way wagons were often named after fish such as 'Grampus' and 'Dogfish'. The current vehicles at Wallingford are:

 

Esso Tank Wagon, 2606. Built by the Standard Wagon Company at Heywood Lancashire in 1948, it arrived at Wallingford in 1983 and is currently in use as water tank for steam locomotives.

 

GWR Grampus Ballast Wagon, 60933, Active. Built at Swindon in 1914, it survived into the 1980s, arriving at Wallingford in 1986.

 

BR 12 Ton Ventilated Goods Van,780677, Active. Built by Charles Roberts Ltd near Wakefield in 1958, this is one of over 19,000 such wagons built to this common design. Our example finished its working life carrying materials for the maintenance of the water main at Kemble, which supplied water to Swindon works. It arrived at Wallingford in 1987.

 

BR Dogfish Ballast Hopper Wagon, DB992949, Active. Built by Metropolitan Cammell in 1959, this wagon has three doors which are used to drop ballast on the track. It arrived at Wallingford in 1991.

 

LNWR 12 Ton Box Van, 47433, Active. Built by the London & North Western Railway before it became part of the LMS in 1923, this wagon eventually ended up on the large internal railway system at the Royal Naval Armament Yard near Gosport, until it came to Wallingford in 1992.

 

GWR Fruit D Van, 3436, Active. Built at Swindon in 1950 and fitted with vacuum brakes and steam heat these vans were intended to carry perishable goods in passenger or fast goods trains. It was withdrawn in 1983 and was one of the early arrivals at Wallingford.

 

GWR Toad 20 Ton Goods Brake Van, 35208, Active. Built at Swindon in 1947, it later became a support vehicle for a crane. In the early 1990s it had windows fitted to allow it to carry passengers at an open day at Bristol Bath Road depot and was painted in the then InterCity livery.

 

Warflat Bogie Flat Wagon, WGF8082, Active. Built by Metropolitan Cammell in 1940, designed to carry tanks and other military vehicles, this was intended to be shipped to France to support the British forces there. It was instead used to move vehicles around the UK to reduce wear and tear on them. It arrived at Wallingford in 1999.

 

BR (W) Loriot Well Wagon, DB99800, Active. Built at Swindon in 1949 and used for departmental service.

 

BR Medium Open Goods Wagon, B460765, Out of Service. Built at Ashford in 1953. This wagon was sold to the MOD and came to Wallingford in 1992.

 

Saxa Salt Van, No 45 Out of Service. Believed to have been built by the Salt Union at Winsford in 1910. There used to be hundreds of these pitched roof wagons for transporting rock salt, now only a couple survive. It ended up at Didcot before becoming the first vehicle to arrive on the newly formed Cholsey & Wallingford Railway in 1983.

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Pie and Mash

Pie, mash and a pint. Saturday 29th June.

Enjoy a locally produced meal of Pie, Mash and seasonal vegetables.

The Wallingford Fryer - Fish and Chips Train

The Wallingford Fryer. Saturday 17th August.

Enjoy an evening on the Bunk Line with a fish and chip supper.

Cream Tea

Enjoy a fabulous cream tea whilst riding behind a heritage locomotive through South Oxfordshire. Available Sunday 16th June - SOLD OUT, Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August.

Our amazing cream teas are back in 2024 with Cream Tea trains running on Fathers Day and various dates during the year.

Start your heritage railway journey today and book your tickets to travel through the countryside on "The Bunk"

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