GWR Travelling Post Office Vans

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GWR Post Office Stowage Van 813 pictured at Clapham Junction on 12th May 1968 when in use on the Southern Region numbered S813W   Kieth Gunner

GWR Post Office Sorting Van 847 pictured at Clapham Junction on 6th August 1971 when in use on the Southern Region numbered S847W   Kieth Gunner

 

In the early 1970’s a small number of GWR design Travelling Post Office Vans were still in use. Curiously none of the survivors were then in use on Western Region TPOs’! Only these and others from the lots to which they were built are listed.

Sorting Van

Built: 1929Lot number: 1430Diagram: L.18Total: 3

Built for the Great Western TPO. Transferred in 1960 to Southern Region (SED) and used on the London Bridge-Dover TPO.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
806pre1972Despatched 02/09/71 to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire
807pre1972Seen Eastleigh Works 12/10/71. Body grounded at Eastleigh Works c11/71. Broken up c2000.
808pre1972Despatched 02/09/71 to Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire

Stowage Van

Built: 1933Lot number: 1503Diagram: L.23Total: 3

Built for the Great Western TPO. 814 was destroyed at Hay Lane, Swindon in 1940 and an identical replacement built. 812 & 813 transferred in 1960 to Southern Region (SED) and used on the London Bridge-Dover TPO.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
812pre1972Seen Eastleigh Works 12/10/71. Body grounded at Eastleigh Works c11/71, broken up c2000.
813pre1972Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS van DB975155. Despatched from Swindon Works 26/03/75 to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, cut 4/75
8141940Destroyed at Hay Lane, Swindon 1940.
Built: 1940Lot number: 1666Diagram: L.23Total: 1

Built as a replacement for the original 814 destroyed at Hay Lane, Swindon in 1940. Transferred in 1960 to Southern Region (SED) and used on the London Bridge-Dover TPO.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
814pre1972Transferred to Departmental stock as ENPARTS Van DB975156. Preserved by Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre 6/75.

Sorting Van

Built: 1947Lot number: 1719Diagram: L.25Total: 5

Built for Great Western TPO. In 1960 843 & 845 were transferred to the North Eastern Region, 844 to the London Midland Region and 846 & 847 to the Southern Region (SWD) and used on the Waterloo-Weymouth TPO.

NumberWithdrawnDisposal
8431972/73Despatched period 7/73 from Craigentinny Carriage Sidings, Edinburgh to J. McWilliam, Shettleston, Glasgow
8441974/75Despatched from Craigentinny Carriage Sidings, Edinburgh 04/06/74 to Armytage & Sons, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire arriving 06/06/74
845pre1972xxxx
8461973Despatched from Micheldever to A. King & Sons, Wymondham, Norfolk 21/02/74
8471973Despatched from Micheldever to A. King & Sons, Wymondham, Norfolk 21/02/74