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Carriages

There are over 60 carriages in our fleet

Relax back in your seat & travel in style

 

Our Carriages

The Severn Valley Railway is home to one of Britain’s largest carriage collections in heritage railway preservation with over sixty working vehicles, all of which are historically important, and the oldest being over 100 years old.

It is easy to overlook the beauty and unique nature of the carriages as you make your journey along the line, but take time to sit back and appreciate the painstaking work that been undertaken to restore these vehicles to their original condition.

Here is a little help to assist you in identifying our carriages:

Ex-Great Western

Usually but not always chocolate and cream in colour. Look out for the GWR monogram on the coach sides and the raised panelling and lining. Some of these carriages have small ‘top light’ windows above the main windows. These are our oldest vehicles.

    
Above: Examples of Ex GWR carriages in the stylish chocolate and cream livery.

Ex-London Midland & Scottish

Built pre- and post-World War II, the SVR uniquely has a complete working train of LMS carriages. These coaches are shorter in length than other members of the fleet and sport maroon livery.

   
Above: In attractive lined maroon livery, these Ex LMS carriages look fine behind an LMS engine such as 43106.

Ex-London & North Eastern

Dating from 1922, the SVR is proud to run Britain’s longest restored LNER teak train; these are the only carriages on the line to have varnished-teak panelled exteriors. In their heyday such carriages were used on mainline trains from London to Norwich & East Anglia, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fort William and Aberdeen. All the carriages in this set were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

The project to create a complete ‘Gresley Teak Train’ began in the early 1970s, and there are now nine carriages in this fleet. Up to eight of these will normally form the public train, and the ninth one is a Kitchen Restaurant Car for special use and private hire. All nine restorations – many rescued from serious dilapidation – have been undertaken by volunteers raising the necessary finance privately. As with all our coaches, none of the original restoration costs are met by train fares.

     
Above: Teak at its most attractive. Left a 'Corridor Composite' Carriage, our oldest GNR (LNER) carriage built in 1922. Centre & right: 'Kitchen Composite' Carriage No. 7960 external and internal.

Ex-British Railways

Developed after nationalisation in 1948 and building on the best design practices of the pre-nationalisation 'Big Four' group of railway operating companies, we have examples of vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s, some in early carmine and cream (‘blood & custard’) livery and others in the later maroon. In line with railway policy in the later part of the 20th century, these carriages are occasionally finished in GWR-style chocolate and cream livery.

These carriages, although similar on the outside, were built with a range of interiors intended for different uses, e.g. dining and kitchen cars, sleeping carriages and high-capacity day vehicles.


  
Above: Examples of our Mark 1 carriages in carmine and cream livery (blood and custard!).



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