GWR/BR ‘SIPHON G’

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GWR design, BR built Siphon G 1019 was photographed c1999 adjacent to the former 20 Shop of Swindon Works c1999. This had been withdrawn in 1983 and had been located at the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway and Llangollen Railway before moving to Swindon. It is now located at Llynclys,   Peter Hall collection

The 1972 edition of ‘The Coaching Stock of British Railways’ listed 132 GWR design Gangwayed Milk Vans, more commonly referred to by the GWR designation of ‘Siphon G’. These included examples from six different lots built to two different diagrams between 1936 and 1955. A total of 175 were built in this period and all are included. Initially built for conveying churned milk, many subsequently saw other uses. All were through steam piped when built but those modified for use as Newspaper Vans were fitted with steam heating.

Built: 1951Lot number: 1751Diagram: O.62Total: 30

1003, 1004, 1005, 1007, 1010, 1011, 1016, 1017, 1018, 1019, 1023, 1024, 1026 and 1030 modified to Newspaper Vans with steam heat. Electric heat was also fitted later.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
10011978
10021978T. W. Ward, Beighton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire c10/78.
10031980
10041979Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975868 to work between Swindon Works and Canton, Cardiff Depot. Disposed of to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/82.
10051979Transferred to Departmental stock as Civil Engineers Stores Van CDB975852. Disposed of from Concrete Yard, York to Coopers Metals, Brightside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, cut 5/82.
10061978Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975784 to work between Laira, Plymouth and Penzance Depots. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 061046 at Laira, Plymouth Depot. Disposed of to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire cut 8/89.
10071982Woodham Brothers, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan 7/84.
10081979Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975879 to work between Doncaster Works and Laira, Plymouth Depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/82.
10091979Preserved at Northampton & Lamport Railway, then to Eden Valley Railway, Warcop, Cumbria, Then to Creagan Station, Argyll & Bute.
10101980
10111979Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975856 to work between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 1/87.
10121979
10131980Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire c3/81.
10141978Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975779 to work between Swindon Works and Old Oak Common Depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillot, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, cut 1/85.
10151978
10161979Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
10171982Woodham Brothers, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan 7/84.
10181979Transferred to Departmental stock as Civil Engineers Stores Van CDB975853. Disposed of from Concrete Yard, York to Marple & Gillot, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, cut 4/82.
10191983Preserved at Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway, then to Llangollen Railway, then to Swindon Locomotive Carriage & Wagon Works, Swindon Works, Swindon, then to Oswestry Cycle & Railway Museum, then to Cambrian Railway Trust, Llynclys
10201978Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975782 to work between Swindon Works and Canton, Cardiff Depot. Disposed of to Coopers Metals, Brightside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, cut 10/81.
10211980Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975935 to work between Doncaster Works and Laira, Plymouth Depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire, cut 12/81.
10221978Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975775 to work between Doncaster Works and Laira, Plymouth depot. Scrapped on site at Toton Carriage & Wagon Shops by Cartwright, Tipton, West Midlands 12/82.
10231980Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire c3/81.
10241983J. Cashmore, Great Bridge, West Midlands 8/84.
10251978Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975832 to work between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of to Marple & Gillot, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire then preserved at Great Central Railway, then to Nottingham Heritage Centre, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, then to Lower Ruddle Wharf, Bojea, near Trethowel, St. Austell, Cornwall.
10261983J. Cashmore, Great Bridge, West Midlands 8/84.
10271963Damaged  beyond  repair  at  Rotherhithe  Road  on  21/01/1963  due  to derailment during  a  shunting  move.  Almost  completely  destroyed  and  cut  on  site  soon  afterwards.
10281978Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975831 to work between Crewe Works and Canton, Cardiff Depot. Scrapped on site at Oxley Carriage Sidings, Wolverhampton 3/83.
10291978Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975833 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Litchurch Lane, Derby Works to Coopers Metals, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire 8/90.
10301979
Built: 1955Lot number: 1768Diagram: O.62Total: 20

1031, 1034, 1035, 1038, 1044, 1046, 1047 and 1048 modified to Newspaper Vans with steam heat. Electric heat was also fitted later.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
10311982-84Scrapped at Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire c03-04/1983.
10321978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975778 to work between Swindon Works and Old Oak Common Depot. Scrapped on site at Old Oak Common by Morris, Romford, Essex 10/82.
10331978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975871 to work between Swindon Civil Engineers Stores and Exmouth Junction Carriage & Wagon Shops. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 061096 at Swindon Civil Engineers Stores. Disposed of at/from Swindon Engineers Yard.
10341982-84xxxx
10351982-84xxxx
10361978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975872 based at Exmouth Junction Carriage & Wagon Shops. Disposed of to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire cut 11/87.
10371978/79Acquired for preservation from Red Bank Carriage Sidings, Manchester and moved to Llangollen Railway, then to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road 1985.
10381978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975855 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 5/86.
10391978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
10401978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
10411972Bridges, Wednesbury, West Midlands
10421978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimmming Materials Stores Van CDB975854 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 1/87.
10431978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975834 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Preserved by Swindon Railway Engineering, Swindon Works, Swindon, then to Cholsey & Wallingford Railway.
10441978/79xxxx
10451978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975780 based at Swindon Works, Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield
10461978/79Allocated Departmental number DB975870 but not carried. Used as Carriage & Wagon Store at Swindon Works. Preserved at West Somerset Railway, then to Cambrian Railway Trust, Llynclys. Moved 2014 to M. Fairnington, Berwick Road, Wooler where body scrapped. Chassis remains at Wooler.
10471982-84Preserved at Swindon & Cricklade Railway
10481982-84xxxx
10491978/79Allocated Departmental number DB975835 but not carried.
10501978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975880 to work Between Doncaster Works and Laira, Plymouth depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 1/85.
Built: 1947-1950Lot number: 1721Diagram: O.62Total: 30

1312, 1320, 1324, 1325, 1326, 1327, 1328, 1329, 1332, 1335 and 1337 modified to Newspaper Vans with steam heat. Electric heat was also fitted later.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
13101978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975785 to work between Laira, Plymouth and Penzance Depots. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 061047 at Laira, Plymouth Depot. Disposed of to Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire, cut 8/89.
13111978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975791 to work between Swindon Works and Exeter. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 10/81.
13121980/81xxxx
13131978/79xxxx
13141978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975781 based at Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 10/81.
13151971Although remaining in capital stock this was part of an exhibition train that was running around in the late 1960’s formed of four coaches W1315W later DB975152, W2771W later DB975153, M6513M and M6533M later DB975154. Transferred to Departmental service as Electrification Exhibition Train Van DB975152 in 1971. Disposed of from Ardwick Freight terminal to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/77.
13161978/79Preserved at Plym Valley Railway, then to Bodmin Steam Railway, then to South Devon Railway.
13171978/79xxxx
13181978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975787 to work between Swindon Works and Landore, Swansea depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 10/81.
13191976/77xxxx
13201978/79xxxx
13211978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975836 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Litchurch Lane, Derby Works to Coopers Metals, Attercliffe, Sheffield 8/90.
13221978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
13231978/79Berry, Leicester, Leicestershire
13241982-84Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 061068 at Canton Depot, Cardiff. Body scrapped on site at Cardiff Canton depot, chassis remains.
13251980/81xxxx
13261978/79xxxx
13271978/79Transferred to Departmental service as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975857 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 1/87.
13281982-84xxxx
13291978/79xxxx
13301973Disposed of at/from Bradford Foster Square.
13311978/79Despatched of from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
13321982-84xxxx
1333pre 1972xxxx
13341959xxxx
13351982-84xxxx
13361974/75Shunting accident, Basingstoke 24/05/74
13371978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975869 based at Laira, Plymouth Depot. Disposed of to J. Cashmore, Great Bridge, West Midlands, cut 3/85.
13381978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975936 based at Swindon Works. Disposed of to Coopers Metals, Brightside, Sheffield, cut 10/81.
13391978/79Transferred to Departmental service as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975837 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/86.
Built: 1936-1937Lot number: 1578Diagram: O.33Total: 50
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
27511963Disposed of at/from Hackney Yard, Newton Abbot
27521966Disposed of at/from Newton Cripple Sidings, Cardiff
27531972/73Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975372 to work between Crewe Works and the Western Region. Scrapped on site at BR Swindon Works.
27541973Disposed of at/from Stonebridge Park Wagon Shop.
27551963Woodham Brothers, Barry Dock, South Glamorgan.
27561972/73Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975373 to work between Swindon Works and Canton Depot, Cardiff. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield.
27571966Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common depot
27581978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975838 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/86.
27591966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works
27601963xxxx
27611966Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common depot
27621962xxxx
27631961xxxx
27641967Disposed of at/from Grantham
27651978/79xxxx
27661965Disposed of at/from Manchester Victoria
27671966Disposed of at/from Carlisle Currock
27681972/73A. King, Wymondham, Norfolk (needs confirmation)
27691962Transferred to Departmental stock as Western Region Mobile Careers Centre numbered TDW150327. Disposed of from Danygraigg Carriage & Wagon Works to T. W. Ward, Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, cut 11/74.
27701966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works
27711963Although remaining in capital stock this was part of an exhibition train that was running around in the late 1960’s formed of four coaches W1315W later DB975152, W2771W later DB975153, M6513M and M6533M later DB975154. Transferred to Departmental stock as Electrification Exhibition Train Coach TDB975153 in 1971. Disposed of from Ardwick Freight Terminal to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/77.
27721965Disposed of at/from Swindon Works
27731963xxxx
27741978/79xxxx
2775pre1972Transferred to Departmental stock as Emergency Control Services Generator Van TDW150028 based at Craven Arms. Disposed of from Craven Arms 5/80 to National Railway Museum, York, then to Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon
27761966xxxx
27771962xxxx
27781965Disposed of at/from Oxford General
27791962xxxx
27801963xxxx
27811965xxxx
27821962Disposed of at/from Redbank Carriage Sidings, Manchester.
27831961xxxx
27841962Disposed of at/from Theale
27851968Disposed of at/from Plymouth Millbay
27861963xxxx
27871964xxxx
27881961xxxx
27891966Disposed of at/from Swindon Works
2790pre1972Transferred to Departmental service as Emergency Control Services Generator Van TDW150027 based at Craven Arms. Later used as Exhibition Train Generator Van based at Salisbury. Disposed of from Salisbury to Dean Forest Railway
27911978/79T. W. Ward, Beighton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
27921966Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common
27931976/77Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975656. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 041552 at Doncaster Works. Chassis scrapped on site at Doncaster Works by Higgs, Barnsley, South Yorkshire 3/91. Body taken to Ivy Farm, Carlton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire (SE 368101) for use as a store shed.
27941976/77xxxx
27951963Disposed of at/from Old Oak Common
27961972/73Preserved by Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre
2797pre1972xxxx
27981962Transferred to Departmental service as Emergency Control Service Generator Van TDW150323 based at Craven Arms, later used as Exhibition Train Generator Van based at Salisbury. Disposed of from Salisbury to Berry, Leicester, cut 5/86.
27991978/79Transferred to Departmental service as ENPARTS Van ADB975776 based at Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 2/85.
28001978/79Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 041471 at Kings Lynn. Disposed of to W & F Smith, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Built: 1938-1940Lot number: 1651Diagram: O.33Total: 15
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
29171978/79A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire
29181969Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van DW150427. Scrapped on site at Swindon Works 12/77.
29191978/79A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire
29201978/79A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire
29211978/79xxxx
29221978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29231978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29241978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS VAN ADB975873. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Coopers Metals, Brightside, Sheffield, cut 10/81.
29251978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975786 to work between Bath Road, Bristol and Laira, Plymouth depots. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillot, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 1/85.
29261978/79Preserved at Severn Valley Railway, arrived 29/3/85.
29271978/79A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire
29281972Disposed of at/from Swindon Works
29291978/79xxxx
29301978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975839 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 1/87.
29311952Destroyed in Harrow & Wealdstone accident 8/10/52.
Built: 1940-1945Lot number: 1664Diagram: O.33Total: 30
NumberWithdrawnDisposal
29371978/79xxxx
29381978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975774 to work between Swindon Works and Bristol depots. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 1/85.
29391976/77xxxx
29401978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975840 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire, cut 5/86.
29411978/79xxxx
29421980/81A. King, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire
29431978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975841 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Brighton Railway Museum, Preston Park, to St. Modwen Properties, Long Marston, Warwickshire for storage
29441978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29451978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS VAN ADB975788 to work between Doncaster Works and Canton, Cardiff depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 12/81
29461978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29751978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975777 for use between Swindon Works and Old Oak Common depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield
29761978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975842 for use between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 4/86.
29771978/79xxxx
29781978/79Transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 068746 at Laira, Plymouth Depot, transferred to Tavistock Junction Yard, Plymouth.
29791978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29801978/79Preserved at West Somerset Railway
29811978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975794 to work between Swindon Works and Bath Road, Bristol depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to T. W. Ward, Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, cut 10/81.
29821978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975790 to work between Doncaster Works and Canton Depot, Cardiff. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 12/81.
29831978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975783 to work between Swindon Works and Canton Depot, Cardiff. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway.
29841978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29851976/77xxxx
29861972Disposed at/from Leith South
29871978/79xxxx
29881978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975789 to work between Doncaster Works and Canton, Cardiff depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Dean Forest Railway, 3/82.
29891978/79xxxx
29901978/79Despatched from Old Oak Common to A. King & Sons, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire 22/9/78.
29911972Scrapped on site at either Whittlesey or Connington Tip (to be confirmed?)
29921978/79Sold to Chadwick, Stalybridge (with GWR MONSTER 596) and moved to Dewsnap Sidings, Manchester. Moved to Buxton (Buxton Higher Goods Yard?) where body removed from bogies in 1979. (Did this actually take place at Dewsnap sidings?) To Buxworth Basin, Buxworth, Derbyshire for use by team restoring the canal basin. Scrapped on site 1995 following fire damage. (NB – Chadwick rented rail connected premises at Warrington were railway rolling stock was scrapped although it is belieced this was never located there.)(Last seen at Buxworth 30/12/94)
29931980/81Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van ADB975963 to work between Swindon Works and Gloucester Depot. Disposed of from Swindon Works to Marple & Gillott, Attercliffe, Sheffield, cut 1/85.
29941978/79Transferred to Departmental stock as Seat Trimming Materials Stores Van CDB975843 to work between Litchurch Lane, Derby and Swindon Works. Then transferred to Internal User stock as Stores Van 061057 at St. Blazey Depot. Preserved at Bodmin Steam Railway.

GWR 'Siphon G' 2992 being removed from its bogies at Buxton in 1979   GWR

GWR 'Siphon G' 2992 arrives at Buxworth from Buxton in 1979   GWR

This amazing sequence of photographs show the removal, transportation and final resting place of the body of Siphon G 2992. The first picture shows it being craned from its bogies at Buxton, although precisely where in Buxton has not been established. However, the Higher Goods yard has been suggested – can anyone confirm that this is the location where the photograph was taken? It has also been suggested that this actually took place at Dewsnap sidings, Manchester. Does anyone recognise the location? The second picture shows it arriving at Buxworth Basin by road from Buxton. The third picture (below left) shows it soon after it was placed in its final resting place at Buxworth basin in 1979. The final picture (below right) shows it after it had suffered fire damage in 1995 shortly before its remains were broken up.

GWR 'Siphon G' 2992 lies at Buxworth Basin in 1979 shortly after its arrival from Buxton.   GWR

GWR 'Siphon G' 2992 after suffering fire damage at Buxworth during 1995   Peter Hall collection