Vehicles in this photo
The following vehicle(s) appear in this photo.
- 262 - Staff van
- Dean Forest Railway - Norchard
- 4 July 2004
21 July 2013, 13:34:27
Not much info on this van so if anyone has any please let us know...
22 July 2013, 20:43:48
VCT has a little bit
26 July 2013, 22:54:19
So VCT page has no refence to DW262.... Simon you sure your info is correct?
27 July 2013, 11:29:00
Try http://www.ws.vintagecarriagestrust.org/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=9034. So looks to be some confusion regarding what the picture is. It should be noted that quite substantial alterations have taken place to the various GWR 4-wheel designs taken into departmental service which often makes correct identification difficult if numbers are not carried. DW262 was one of those I refer to as 'purpose built for departmental use by the GWR' as a Breakdown Train Tool Van.
30 July 2013, 00:18:43
I have done a little digging around working on my original suspicion that this is a GWR Toad brake van rebuild. Although I have found no specific reference to DW262 there is a works photograph of DW263 on page 334 of JH Russells 'Freight Wagons & Loads of GWR & BR Western Region' which is very similar if not identical to the photo above. DW263 was converted from an older 20T Toad brake van in 1952 for use with the S&T dept at Fishponds, Bristol and I believe DW262 was similarly rebuilt for the S&T dept. I have no disposal details for either vehicle except to say both were disposed of prior to 1976, hope this helps.
12 August 2013, 15:24:06
A photo has been submitted showing this van in earlier days and it looks the same. But does seem there may be two entries on VCT for same van? This pic will be on the website soon.
13 August 2013, 10:20:09
Hi Ben, yes there are two entries for this van, may well be that there both correct I believe DW262 was W17931 before conversion in the 1950's.
20 December 2013, 21:04:11
I have had another look at this in the light of the above comments. Although I said "DW262 was one of those I refer to as 'purpose built for departmental use by the GWR' as a Breakdown Train Tool Van" it is now clear it was not. Fortunately both this and DW263 also mentioned survive. Both DW262 and DW263 were converted from Toad(?) Brake Vans in 1952 to S&T Staff & Tool Vans. DW262 is as we know at the Dean Forest Railway and DW263 is at Didcot Railway Centre.