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The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust marked the mid-point of its £75,000 restoration project of a 1943-built ex-London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Gresley-designed Gangwayed Brake Pigeon Van with an informal 'roll-out' on Thursday, 30th January 2014.

The occasion took place at Bewdley Station after completion of the vehicle’s new roof. This substantially completes the vehicle’s exterior repair, restoration and reconstruction.

Among the invited guests were Nick Paul CBE, Chairman of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC and a trustee of the SVR Charitable Trust and Tim Godfrey, a local Shropshire resident and grandson of Sir Nigel Gresley, to whose design the carriage was built. Mr Godfrey is also a Vice President of the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund and of the Gresley Society Trust.

Also in attendance was David McIntosh, Chairman of the Gresley Society Trust, several supporters of the project, the workers who have built the new roof and other representatives of the SVR Trust.

In welcoming guests Nick Paul paid tribute to the dedication of all who carry out such major restorations, noting that creating the unique SVR Gresley ‘Teak Train’ has spanned a period of 42 years.

The Trust’s volunteer working group is now focussing on the interior detail. Significant extra fund-raising remains necessary to complete the carriage for operational use on the Severn Valley Railway.

Finance for this restoration project is being raised mainly from SVR supporters who are sponsoring individual items ranging from £25 for a small teak panel to £3000 for a complete compartment.

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