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The restoration of vintage locomotives and rolling stock is a significant part of the Railway's activities. This page reviews some of the major projects completed over the years.

GWR Autocoach 178 was completely restored at Hayes Knoll shed. In its last days of public service with BR, it had operated around the Welsh valleys. While Hayes Knoll is its "home base", it is at present operating on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
Autocoach
Autocoach 178 at Hayes Knoll. This picture was taken during its first day in official passenger service after restoration.


Taff Vale Railway coach No 73 seen on its return from Appleby heritage centre where basic restoration had been completed and the body mounted on its new chassis. For many years, its grounded body served as an office on the Blunsdon station site, having been recovered from a site in Swindon's Old Town. Internal work and final painting is still to be done. Seen with No 73 are members of the team who initiated restoration, and who will see it returned to service as part of the Railway's Vintage Train.

Thanks to the work of members of the Toplight Coach Group, the Railway can look forward to the day when it will be able to operate its own Vintage Train. The Group is working on GWR Toplight 7545, and has acquired 3898 from the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.
ex-BR Mk1 rolling stock is a mainstay of the Railway's passenger services. These are restored and maintained as part of the "normal service" fleet. Others, like this Wine & Dine Set, have been restored and adapted for special services.
      Buffet Coach 1805 - a long-serving facility at Hayes Knoll during Special Events, has also received a complete refit and face-lift.
Wine & Dine set
Wine & Dine set, adapted from BR Mk1s, at Blunsdon Station.
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Goods vehicles are also being restored on the Railway. These examples include (left) 20 ton brake van B954937 (built Darlington in 1959 in Lot 3227) and (right) 12 ton box van B759215 (built Wolverton 1953 in Lot 2719). Other vehicles are also being worked on at the present time. Latest to be completed is this China Clay wagon (below right).
Box Van

China Clay wagon

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