GWR 231 Clerestory Brake First Open built 1896

GWR 231 Clerestory Brake First Open built 1896

GWR 231 Clerestory Brake First Open built 1896
GWR 231 Clerestory Brake First Open built 1896


Present Location Pontypool Blaenavon
County Location Torfaen
Designed For GWR
Build Location Swindon
Diagram number G31
Lot number 804
Type BFO
First Number 231
Later Numbers 9035, 80971
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4-w bogies
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes Newport Division Engineer's Saloon (hence "Newport Saloon"). P 1967. South Devon till sold 1993, again 2002. Reupholstered in past (by SDR?) in deep-buttoned red plush. Has however deteriorated over many years in open storage. Main framing is essentially sound and restoration has begun. However, by 08/11 stored following death of private owner. Advertised as for sale 01/12. Reported 04/14 as sold to a private owner, with intention to be restored off-site: understood this will include constructing a new body. Sheeted by 05/14. However a (presumed) change of plan saw body rebuild starting on site 03/15, not helped by repeated wind damage to the protective tarpaulin - this is an exposed site!
Owner Private
External Structural Condition Poor but Substantially Complete
Internal Structural Condition Derelict/Not Present
Underframe Condition Good
External Finish Poor and Incomplete
Internal Finish Derelict/Not Present
Degree of External Originality Some replaced/reproduced material
Degree of Internal Originality Derelict/Not Present
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Fair
Degree of Internal Authenticity Fair
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Good
Rarity Unique
Historical Importance of some Importance
Storage Secure Open
Operating No
Survey Date 28/08/2014
Surveyor Adam Gane
Photo Date 05/09/2015
Photo by Steve West
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 25/04/2016

As seen 07/99
As seen 07/99

Alan Tagg - as seen 04/09/2013
Alan Tagg - as seen 04/09/2013






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