The Gwili Vintage Carriage Group was set up to safeguard the Victorian carriages on the Gwili Railway.
Our aims are to assemble a collection of railway vehicles to form a suitably sized Victorian passenger train that would have run in Wales. This will give the present day public the chance to experience train travel as it would have been over a hundred years ago.
In 1990 the Brynteg School Railway Preservation Group restored Taff Vale Railway coach No 220 and returned it to passenger use on the Gwili Railway. In 1991 Great Western Railway coaches 216 and 793 were saved from dereliction and brought to the Railway.
Until 1994 work continued on restoring the body of No 216 when for various reasons, mostly volunteers’ other commitments on the Railway,work was suspended. An eye was kept on the body and small items were repaired and made off site at members homes.
Between 2002 and 2004 the under frame and wheels for No 216 were,stripped, shot blasted, repainted and reassembled allowing the body to be attached in 2005. A resurgence of interest led to the repainting of TVR No 220 in 2005 into the Great Western Railway livery and renumbered 3846. 2006 saw great strides in repairing the body of No 216 and the saving of a second Taff Vale Railway carriage,No 145 from demolition. With continuing progress it is hoped that No 216 will enter public service in 2011.
The Group would be interested to hear of any other similar vehicles that either could be rescued or could be used to donate parts to repair the ones we have to traffic.
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