GWR/BR Gangwayed Passenger Brakes

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GWR Passenger Brake Van 150 was one of three acquired by Fisons Ltd. It is pictured at Liverpool Street station on 9th May 1975 following a major overhaul. At the time the Fisons Weedkilling trains were based at Foxton.   Trevor Davis

Another picture of GWR Passenger Brake Van 150 in use with Fisons. It is pictured at Chesterton Junction, near Cambridge, were the trains were then based, on 7th November 1986. By then it was carrying a revised livery.   Trevor Davis

The 1972 edition of ‘The Coaching Stock of British Railways’ listed ninety-five GWR design Gangwayed Passenger Brakes. These included examples from nine different lots built to five different diagrams during the Collett and Hawksworth eras. Listed here are all of these along with the others built to the same diagrams, this taking place from 1934 until 1951. A total of 155 were built in this period. Many continued to see use until the late 1970’s, in later years they were used for general parcels traffic and as a consequence some had their gangways removed.

Built: 1941Lot number: 1667Diagram: K.44Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 70.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
611971Disposed of at/from Brindle Heath Sidings, Agecroft, Salford, Greater Manchester p9/72. Reported as body only at Agecroft 4/2/73. Did the body see use as a stores shed or similar before finally being broken up?
621976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 25/11/77.
631972J. McWilliam, Shettleston, Glasgow, p12/72.
641976/77Preserved by the Great Central Coach Group and despatched from Micheldever to MoD Bicester 7/7/78. Moved to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road c1978, then to The The Old Post House, Blakemere, Herefordshire June 2012.
651976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 14/12/77.
661976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 31/10/77.
671976/77xxxx
681976/77Despatched from Cardiff to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 23/11/77.
691976Despatched from Old Oak Common to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 16/12/76.
701978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to Foxton 26/7/78 having been acquired by Fisons Ltd Agrochemical Division for use in their weedkiller (spraytrains) trains. For this role it had its corridor connections restored and was painted into a green & yellow livery. Initially based at Foxton, Cambridgeshire, numbered FA99906. Later based at Chesterton Junction, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Following a company name change repainted into the red & white livery of FBC Ltd. Following another company sale/merger became the property of Schering Agrochemicals Ltd. Broken up on site at Chesterton Junction by Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 3/90.
Built: 1945Lot number: 1665Diagram: K.42Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 100.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
911976xxxx
921978/79Transferred to Departmental Stock as TDB975679. Used for local parcels movements at Wolverhampton. Broken up on site at Oxley Carriage Sidings by T. W. Ward 4/79.
931976xxxx
941976/77xxxx
951976/77Despatched from Bradford to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 31/10/77.
961976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 1/12/78.
971976/77Despatched from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 3/3/78.
981976/77Despatched from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester 24/5/78. Preserved at Severn Valley Railway, arrived 1/6/1978.
991975Broken up on site at Clapham Junction 24/7/76.
1001976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 29/9/77.
Built: 1934Lot number: 1495Diagram: K.41Total: 10
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1011966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1021967Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 6/68.
1031967Disposed of at/from Llanelli p2/69
1041966Transferred to Departmental Stock as DW150384. Used as Tool Van in the Old Oak Common Breakdown Train. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire, cut 11/79.
1051965Bird Group, Bynea, near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire 10/65.
1061969Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 3/69.
1071966Disposed of at/from Grange Lane, Birkenhead 11/66.
1081965Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 5/66.
1091966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1101966Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common 7/66.
Built: 1934Lot number: 1512Diagram: K.41Total: 10
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1111967Transferred to Internal User stock as 060790. Preserved by Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre
1121967Bird Group / Slag Reduction Company, Cardiff (?) 9/67.
1131966Transferred to Departmental Stock as DW150387. Used as Stores Van at Plymouth. Broken up on site at Plymouth NCL Warehouse 1979.
1141967Disposed of at/from Reading 1/70.
1151968Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 11/68.
1161966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1171966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1181967Disposed of at/from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester 12/67.
1191967Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common 5/70.
1201965xxxx
Built: 1940Lot number: 1652Diagram: K.42Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126 127, 128, 129 and 130.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1211978Despatched from Whittlesea to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 24/8/78.
1221976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 25/11/77.
1231976Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, c11/76.
1241976/77Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, c10/77.
1251976/77xxxx
1261976Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, c11/76.
1271976/77xxxx
1281976xxxx
1291976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 14/12/77.
1301976/77Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 096039. Used at Thurso station. Broken up on site 7/85.
Built: 1936Lot number: 1562Diagram: K.41Total: 20
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1381973G. Cohen, Cransley, Kettering, Northamptonshire, c10/73.
139xxxxxxxx
1401972G. Cohen, Beaufort Works, Morriston, Swansea c7/72.
1411974/75xxxx
1421966Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, c5/68.
1431967Disposed at/from Swansea High Street c12/67.
1441967xxxx
1451968Disposed at/from Swindon Works 11/68.
1461972T. W. Ward, Beighton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire c2/73.
1471969Disposed at/from Swindon Works 8/69.
1481967Disposed of at/from Penzance 10/67.
1491967Disposed of at/from Penzance 5/68.
1501971Acquired by Fisons Ltd Agrochemical Division for use in their weedkiller (spraytrains) trains. For this role it was painted into a green & yellow livery. Initially based at Foxton, Cambridgeshire, numbered FA99901. Later based at Chesterton Junction, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Following a company name change repainted into the red & white livery of FBC Ltd. Following another company sale/merger became the property of Schering Agrochemicals Ltd. Broken up at Chesterton Junction by Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 3/90.
1511967Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 6/68.
1521966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 5/66.
1531967Disposed of at/from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester 12/67.
1541972G. Cohen, Beaufort Works, Morriston, Swansea c10/72.
1551965Bird Group, Bynea, near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire c11/65.
1561966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 5/66.
1571966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 2/67.
Built: 1937Lot number: 1604Diagram: K.42Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 159, 160. 161, 165 and 166.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1581972G. Cohen, Cransley, Kettering, Northamptonshire c4/73.
1591976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 29/9/77.
1601976/77Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire c11/77.
1611977Despatched from Southern Region to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/3/78.
1621972T. W. Ward, Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot c4/73.
1631973G. Cohen, Cransley, Kettering, Northamptonshire c10/73.
1641971Acquired by Fisons Ltd Agrochemical Division for use in their weedkiller (spraytrains) trains. For this role it was painted into a green & yellow livery. Initially based at Foxton, Cambridgeshire, numbered FA99902. Later based at Chesterton Junction, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Following a company name change repainted into the red & white livery of FBC Ltd. Following another company sale/merger became the property of Schering Agrochemicals Ltd. Broken up at Chesterton Junction by Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 11/88.
1651976Despatched from Wigston to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 1/12/76.
1661976/77Despatched from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 3/3/78.
1671966Disposed of at/from Bristol 2/67.
Built: 1935Lot number: 1535Diagram: K.41Total: 20
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
1811967Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire c6/68.
1821966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1831967Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 6/68.
1841971Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Storage Van DB975157 in 1971. Preserved by Swindon Railway Engineering, Swindon Works 1987. To Cholsey & Wallingford Railway 1990.
1851971Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Storage Van DB975158 in 1971. Preserved by Swindon Railway Engineering, Swindon Works 1987. To Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway 1990.
1861967Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 5/68.
1871967Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire c6/68.
1881967Disposed of at/from Cardiff Canton 5/68.
1891967Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 6/68.
1901966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 1/67,
1911966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1921969Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 1/70.
1931966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 2/67.
1941967Disposed of at/from Penzance 10/67.
1951966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
1961965Bird Group, Bynea, near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire c3/66.
1971967Disposed of at/from Truro 11/67.
1981971G. Cohen, Beaufort Works, Morriston, Swansea c7/72.
1991966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 7/66.
2001966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works 2/67.
Built: 1945Lot number: 1665Diagram: K.42Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 268, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 276 and 277.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
2681978/79Transferred to Departmental Stock as ADB975773. Used as Breakdown Train Staff and Tool Van at Swindon. Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield c1/85.
2691976/77xxxx
2701978/79Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire c5/78.
2711976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 28/11/77.
2721976/77xxxx
2731976Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 13/12/76.
2741976Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire c11/76.
2751975Broken up on site at Clapham Junction 28/10/76.
2761976/77Transferred to Departmental stock as BTU Tool Van ADB975640 in 1977, based at Reading. Preserved at South Devon Railway 1991.
2771976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 13/12/76.
Built: 1949Lot number: 1720Diagram: K.45Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 291, 292, 293, 294, 296, 298 and 299.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
2901971Disposed of at/from Chaddesden, Derby 9/72.
2911976/77Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 041405 at Tyneside Central Freight Depot. Booth-Roe Metals, Rotherham, South Yorkshire c8/93.
2921976/77Despatched from Curzon Street Parcels Depot, Birmingham to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 7/3/78.
2931976/77Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire c1/78.
2941978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 18/9/78.
2951976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common 9/12/79. Preserved at Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth. Dismantled on site c2008.
2961976/77xxxx
2971963Transferred to Departmental stock as Exhibition Train Generator Van ZDW150354 in 4/63. Preserved at Northampton & Lamport Railway 12/87.
2981978/79Despatched from Willesden to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 4/12/78.
2991976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 1/12/77.
Built: 1950Lot number: 1740Diagram: K.45Total: 25

Gangways later removed from 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323 and 324.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
3001978/79xxxx
3011976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 14/12/77.
3021976/77xxxx
3031978/79Despatched from Swindon to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 10/78.
3041978/79Despatched from Wakefield to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire arrived 19/9/78.
3051976/77xxxx
3061976/77Transferred to Internal User Stock as Stores Van 083320 at Eastleigh Works. Booth-Roe Metals, Rotherham, South Yorkshire c6/89.
3071976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 1/12/77.
3081976/77xxxx
3091976/77Despatched from Crewe to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 12/12/77.
3101976/77Despatched from Nottingham to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 30/3/78.
3111976/77Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 083331 at Eastleigh Works. Booth-Roe Metals, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, c6/89.
3121976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 28/11/77.
3131976/77Transferred to Departmental Stock as Emergency Casualty Coach TDB975668 based at Pilning. C. F. Booth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, cut 3/87.
3141976/77xxxx
3151978/79Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 041426 at Tyneside Central Freight Depot. Booth-Roe Metals, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, c9/93.
3161976/77Despatched from Old Oak Common 5/1/78. Preserved at Nene Valley Railway 1978. To Didcot Railway Centre.
3171978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 18/9/78.
3181976/77Despatched from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire 17/2/78.
3191978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 18/9/78.
3201978/79Despatched from Gateshead to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 3/2/79.
3211976/77Despatched from Carlisle to T. W. Ward, Beighton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire 15/2/78.
322xxxxxxxx
3231976/77xxxx
3241978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 14/10/78.
Built: 1951Lot number: 1752Diagram: K.46Total: 10

Gangways later removed from 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333 and 334.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
3251978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 19/10/78.
3261976/77Involved in collision at Paddington on 18th November 1977.
3271978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 28/11/78.
3281978/79Transferred to Departmental Stock for Local Parcels Movements at Wolverhampton, then CM&EE Stores Van at Derby St. Marys, numbered TDB975815. Marple & Gillott, Atterclife, Sheffield, cut 12/81.
3291978/79Transferred to Departmental Stock as CM&EE Stores Van ADB975795 based at Cricklewood Depot. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 024529 originally at Marylebone Depot and then at Old Oak Common Depot. Acquired for preservation and stored at Crewe Carriage Shed, broken up on site by Garratt’s Metals, Nantwich, Cheshire 03/09.
3301978/79Despatched from Swindon to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 11/78.
3311978/79A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire c9/78.
3321978/79Despatched from Bristol to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire 10/2/79.
3331978/79Preserved at Severn Valley Railway, arrived 2/9/85. To Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway, then to Didcot Railway Centre.
3341978/79Preserved at Steam & Sail Engineering, Brightlingsea, Essex. To North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Converted to Camping Coach.