Preserving our heritage for
future generations

Restoration of GWR Toad Van 17410

This goods vehicle is amongst the rolling stock owned by the Charitable Trust, which commissioned the LNER Carriage Group to undertake its restoration. The Carriage Group volunteers are also actively fundraising to pay for the materials needed.

Regular updates on the progress of the project can be found at

To make a donation through the Charitable Trust, please download a Toad van donation form. If you are a taxpayer, we may be able to claim a further 25% Gift Aid on your behalf, at no extra cost to you.

The LNER Carriage Group welcomes new volunteers. If you're interested in joining the team working on the Toad Van, please contact the Volunteer Liaison Office at Bewdley on 01299 401776 or email

History of Toad Van 17410

Built at Swindon in 1940, this van was one of a batch of 100 financed by the War Department, but taken straight into GWR stock. The van’s former owners decided to donate the vehicle to the Charitable Trust to secure its future, and 17410 has become one of the first goods wagons in the Trust’s collection. The decision to donate the van included support from the late Don Wilcox’s family. Don had had a long history with the SVR from its earliest days, and his name had long been associated with this van. 

The Toad has had a hard life since it came to the SVR in 1970 for preservation by the '17410 Fund'. Its original purpose was to provide overnight accommodation for volunteers. It later saw many years of regular use by the Permanent Way Department. Eventually it became surplus to operational needs was languishing in Bewdley Yard, gently rusting and rotting away, until the volunteers of the LNER Carriage Group stepped in to save the day.

The Trust’s objective, in collaboration with the LNER Carriage Group, is to return 17410 to its operational condition in appropriate GWR livery, not ruling out BR Bauxite as a future possibility.