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Gresley Tourist Third Open 43600

This substantive restoration project is due for completion at the end of this year, a first for the Charitable Trust. 43600 has been on the SVR and giving sterling service since 1980 – some 34 years, more than twice its combined LNER and BR service (each 14 years). We conservatively estimate that, in today’s money, it has earned the Railway around £1.5m in ticket and buffet revenues. For most of its life, insufficient finance has meant its seating has been a compromise – originally loose plastic chairs and then some surplus seating with inappropriate moquette from the BR era. It has in consequence had a rather drab and uninteresting interior. However it will soon emerge complete with new seating, authentic LNER pattern moquette, new lighting (the SVR’s first full use of LED lighting in a carriage), new tables, luggage racks, coat hooks, mirrors – all reflecting a more appropriate Gresley style of finish. The cost of all these items has been sponsored by individual supporters. It will be a significant enhancement of the Railway’s Teak Train – with ‘sister’ open carriage 52255 to follow with similar improvements next year.

September 12th: Chinasearch Crockery Donation

On August 27th the Carriage and Wagon Department received the two donation orders gifted to us by the Director of Chinasearch David Ward. This donation order was arranged by John Leftwich, Head of the Charitable Trusts Fundraising Board, in late July and was personally delivered by David Ward - the Director of Chinasearch. 80 sets of crockery have been received including 12 sauce boats and 12 salt and pepper sets. This takes the overall value of the donation to around £2000.00. The volunteers in the Carriage and Wagon Department were delighted with the crockery and immediately started designing pockets for the drawers using samples from the 80 sets of crockery given.


This donation of crockery will go towards the 7960 carriage, a Kitchen Car with restaurant accommodation for both First and Third class passengers. LNER Kitchen Cars were amongst the most advanced in the British Empire, and featured combined electric and anthracite cooking equipment, and luxurious passenger saloons. Thanks to this extremely kind gift from Chinasearch and a seperate boost of funding from Mr & Mrs Leftwich the 7960 is now expected to be complete and ready to go back to work by the Spring of 2015.


Chinasearch is Europe's largest distributor of discontinued china, glassware and cutlery, supplying them to individuals, companies, trade outlets, theatre/film companies and embassies all over the world. They have thousands of patterns in stock, including world renowned brands such as Wedgewood, Villeroy & Boch, Royal Doulton and Spade. They are proud of their exemplar service and the attention they give to each customer. They have built their business and reputation on a personal service intent on finding exactly what you're looking for as quickly as they can and delivering it carefully selected, hand-packed and dispatched.

The Trust is extremely grateful to David Ward and his company Chinasearch for this gift.

January 2014 (by Richard Hill)


An informal "roll-out" ceremony took place in Bewdley to mark the midway point of a £75,000 restoration project by the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust. The trust is working to restore a 1943 ex-London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Gresley-designed Gangwayed Brake Pigeon Van. It held the roll-out ceremony after the vehicle was given a new roof ,which completed the exterior repair, restoration and reconstruction.

Guests attending the event included Nick Paul, chairman of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC and a trustee of the SVR Charitable Trust and Tim Godfrey, a Shropshire resident and grandson of Sir Nigel Gresley, who designed the carriage. Mr Godfrey is also a vice-president of the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund and of the Gresley Society Trust.

David McIntosh, chairman of the Gresley Society Trust, several supporters of the project, the workers who have built the new roof and other representatives of the SVR Trust were also in attendance. Mr Paul paid tribute to the dedication of the people helping with the major restoration and said that creating the SVR Gresley Teak Train had spanned a period of 42 years.

The trust’s volunteer working group is now focussing on the interior detail.

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