Museum Collection


The museum currently has a large collection of small artefacts such as a large scale Gloucester Patent Bogie, books, Long Service Medal, model diorama's and Gloucester wagon plates. We are currently looking to purchase a Gloucester built wagon, which shall be the first of the museum's standard gauge rolling stock collection from the UK.

 

Book - This book was produced by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited to commemorate the Festival of Britain 1951.

Book - This book entitled "Private Owner Wagons from The Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd" complied by Keith Montague has a very large collection of photographs of wagons built by the company for other companies all over the United Kingdom. This book also has a very small collection of wagon drawings in the back. 

Book - This book entitled "A History of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited" was produced by the company in 1960 to mark 100 years of the Company. This book was donated to the museum. 

Medal - This long service medal was donated to the museum. On the obverse of this long service medal it says" Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd established 1860 Jubilee 1910", and on the reverse it says "presented to Charles Meadows after 50 years continuous services".

Large Scale Bogie - This large scale replica Gloucester Patent Bogie was donated to the museum in 2016. This Bogie came to us complete with a wooden plinth and rails with two plates on the plinth one saying 'Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited' and the other saying 'Modelled By Technigraphic Projects-Bristol'.  The Bogie has a serial number stamped in the frame and is fully working with working brakes, working suspension and working axle box covers.

Photographic Album - This book is a photographic album, it has seen better days as the spine of this book has sadly come away from the book. This photographic album has never been used as all the thick card pages inside have no markings on them, the pages have gold leaf on the edges of each page. This item was donated to the museum.

Wagon Plate - This wagon plate dated 1957 was purchased by founding member Paul Matthews specifically for the museum, as you can see it has the wagon number 'DB984702' and under that you have '20T', the T stands for Tons, underneath that you have 'Glo'ster C&W. Co.' This stands for Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Company and the year of manufacture for the wagon was 1957 and underneath this is the lot number which on this wagon and plate was '3052'. This wagon would have been built for use by Whelk Departmental.

Wagon Plate - This wagon plate was fitted to all Gloucester built wagons, this plate was fitted to wagons to inform everyone who the builder is/was for that particular wagon. This wagon states "Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Co Ltd Builders Gloucester" as you can the writing is surrounded by a large 'G' this is how Gloucester built wagons can be distinguished from other wagons.

Wagon Plate - This wagon plate is a repairs plate and was fitted to those wagons that needed repairs and the railway company was advised to contact Wagon Repairs Limited, in the case of the wagon which this plate was attached to, the railway company was advised to 'For Repairs Advise Wagon Repairs Limited Gloucester'.

Photographic Collection - The museum has a very large collection of photographs from the former works, including a large collection of private owner wagons, official company photographs of rolling stock and other road and rail vehicles, employees photographs, photographs inside the works and many other photographs. This is a very large collection we have at least 10,000+ images of company built rolling stock and private owner wagons which we are currently archiving not only for us but for the Gloucestershire archives who have cooperated with Alan Drewett of Gloucester Transport History and the museum. We owe a big thank you to Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucester Life Museum and many other sources for their cooperation and working with us and allowing us to have copies of photographs and other records for the Museum.

 

Map of Works - This is a copy of a map dated 1948 which covers the complete 5 acre site on Bristol Road, this map shows you in detail all the buildings, traversers, the dates when the buildings were extended even down to the locations of all the engines then the map was first drawn up. (Original held at the Gloucester Life Museum).

Clearing House Map - This Clearing House map of 1928 shows a basic overview of Gloucester and Cheltenham railway lines including Gloucester Docks.

Clearing House Map - This Clearing House map of 1915 shows a basic overview of Gloucester and Cheltenham railway lines including Gloucester Docks.

 

Watch Chain - This lovely St. Johns Ambulance watch chain was purchased in 2018 by the Museum founders using museum funds. This lovely example was issued to Mr. William Carter an employee of the 'Wagon Works' and dates between 1908 and 1916, each of the links has an individual date and each item is stamped with Mr. Carters unique number. Further information on this item and Mr William Carter can be obtained by emailing the museum at grcwm@outlook.com, telephone: 07859 357827 or by visiting our contact us page.

Brighton & Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway Framed Poster - This poster was purchased by Museum founders Aaron and Leo during 2018 and has been exhibited at the Tewkesbury Miniature Steam Rally ran and organised by the Model Steam Road Vehicle Society. In the centre of this poster is a lovely print of what is known as the 'Daddy Long Legs',  lovely tall electric tram type car situated above ground on four stilts, this car was designed by Magnus Volks and built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited during the Victorian Period. According to historical documents, you had to be a qualified Sea Captain to operate and drive this vehicle and know tidal levels, there was only ever one built and it was scrapped in the Edwardian Period due to troubles and difficulties due to the car being damaged and keep getting pushed over by the water and water levels.

Photograph - This lovely photograph is of Manning Wardle of Leeds, Works No. 1501 of 1900 0-4-0ST 'Henry Wright' supplied new to the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited in 1900 and scrapped c.1937 at A.R. Adams & Sons, Newport, Monmouthshire. Henry Wright can be seen here with a rake of 7 plank wagons all with 'THE BROCKELBANK AUTOMATIC COUPLING TRAIN' markings on each wagon, this was a test train that had Brockelbank Automatic Couplings fitted to the wagons by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited and this train was tested on site at the 'Wagon Works' on Bristol Road, Gloucester. 

Scrap Book - This scrap book was made by an unknown person and contains a selection of documents, drawings, photographs, letters and much more relating to Nigeria, Rhodesia and Native Railways, it includes 'Gibbons Patents' for Spring Frame Bogie, Frameless Steel Bogie, Mild Steel Axlebox and much more, all of the items in this scrap book dates between 1921 and 1925.

Medal - This is a lovely WWI medal issued to employees of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company for their Labours during the Great War. The reverse of this lovely silver medal reads "THE GLOUCESTER WAGON WORKS APPRECIATE YOUR LABOURS DURING TE GREAT WAR". This is a lovely medal as well as artefact thanking those employees who stayed at home and helped by supplying the front line with limbers, stretchers, ambulances and more... 

Wagon Plate - Here we have a lovely Gloucester Builders 'G' Plate in an unrestored condition. Similar the the restored one in the Museum's Collection, we felt that it would be a good idea to keep one in an unrestored condition to show the differences and the work involved in restoring an unrestored plate and to show the contrast, although some are a lot worse than this one such as the damaged 'G' Plate that is currently on the Museum's first item of railway rolling stock. 

Copy of Long Service Certificate - This copy of one of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited was issued to Mr Hurbert James Young, kindly provided to ourselves by the Young Family who also kindly provided ourselves with a photo of Mr H. J. Young while at the Wagon Works which can be found below. 

Copy of Photograph - This photograph is a copy that was kindly provided to ourselves by the Young Family who also kindly provided ourselves with a Long Service Certificate of Mr H. J. Young while at the Wagon Works which can be found above. The locomotive in this photo is a Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST, Works Number: 1501 of 1900 "Henry Wright", Henry Wright (1807-1905) was a Secretary, Director, Deputy Chairman and later Chairman (not all at the same time) of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited before the locomotive was named in memory of him. The Locomotive was unfortunately scrapped in 1937 by A.R. Adams & Sons of Newport, Monmouthshire. Mr H.J. Young can be seen 2nd from the right.

Fishplate and GWR Fishbolts (Alney Island Branch)

 

This Fishplate and GWR Fishbolts was discovered on the Llanthony Docks Branch, just outside Gloucester Docks. 

Track clip (Alney Island Branch)

 

This clip was discovered on the Llanthony Docks Branch, just outside Gloucester Docks. 

Shunters Brake Pole

 

This shunters brake pole was purchased from the Antiques Centre in Westgate Street, Gloucester by the founding members. It was purchased for use by the museum when shunting vehicles in and around the museum and when not in use to be on display so that you can get an up close and personal look at an item that was used by shunters from the Victorian period right up until at least the 1980's/90's. 

Employees' Horticultural & Industrial Association Drawing Competition Special Prize (24/7/1915)

 

This special prize certificate was purchased by the founders. The reward was possibly presented to S. L. Cornwall and as well as this certificate they also received a box of drawing instruments. 

 

This certificate was presented during the First World War/Great War (1914-1918).

Small G-Plate (PDRP)

 

This G-plate (just like the Small G-plate (Cardiff)) is very unusual due to its size, its exact origin is unknown.

 

If you may know of its origin or have further information, please contact us via email: grcwm@outlook.com, telephone: 07859 357827 or by visiting our contact us page.

Small  G-Plate (Cardiff)

 

This G-Plate  (just like the Small G-Plate (PDRP)) is a very unusual size, again just like the PDRP plate its exact origin is unknown.

 

If you may know of its origin or have further information, please contact us via email:   grcwm@outlook.com, telephone: 07859 357827 or by visiting our contact us page.

George Harley/David Hear Letter & Photograph of Workers (1906)

 

This photograph was originally shown to us at Gloucester Day/Gloucester Day Parade in Gloucester City Centre in 2017 and then to our surprise about a week later the photograph along with a description and letter was donated to ourselves by Mr David Kear, Grandson of George Harley.

      

Can you recognise any family members in this photograph? If the answer is year, we would love to hear from you. Speak to a member of museum staff at an event or email us:  grcwm@outlook.com, telephone: 07859 357827 or by visiting our contact us page.

Signalling Cable guide (Severn and Wye Railway - Severn Bridge Station)

 

This signalling cable guide was discovered by museum founders and is left in original as found/used condition.

Brass Builders G-Plate

 

This brass G-plate was purchased by museum founders for the museum collection. We have researched origin of this plate and it looks like it would have been fitted to a British Railways Class 100 DMU built in the later part of the 1950's but as many plates, there were so many different varieties, variations, and examples that this exact plate could have been fitted to any item of rolling stock anywhere in the UK, if not the world. 

Photograph of GRC&W 0-4-0F "Badgeworth Hall" (17/7/1953)

 

Photographed here on 17th July 1957 at the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works is W. G. Bagnall of Castle Engine Works, Stafford, 0-4-0 Fireless Works No.2871 of 1947 "Badgeworth Hall" supplied brand new to Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited. (Photo Copyright: Industrial Railway Society).

Track Clip (Severn and Wye Railway - Severn Bridge Station)

 

This track clip was discovered by founding members at the same time as the Signal Cable Guide.

Letters between Gloucester Wagon Company and James Bodenham Solicitors (1886)

 

This is a collection of letters purchased by the founding members from the Gloucester Antiques Centre. These are correspondence between Mr Alfred Slater, General Manager of the Wagon Works from 1894-1904 and Messrs. James Bodenham Solicitors, Hereford regarding; Probate of Wills, Conveyances, Tenancies and more.

Letters between Gloucester Wagon Company and Bruton Knowles Property Consultants (1886)

 

This collection of letters was purchased by founding members and these are the correspondence between Mr Alfred Slater, General Manager of the Wagon Works and Messrs. Bruton Knowles Property Consultants, Gloucester regarding the Tenancy of a number of parcels/parts of land.

Internal Departmental Letter (WWII/1943)

 

This internal Departmental Letter is dated 4th November 1943 and refers to suggestions made by a member of the works. 

The Locomotive Magazine Souvenir No.24 

 

This special edition of The Locomotive Magazine souvenir is filled with photographs from the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited.

Brochure (1950's-60's)

 

This brightly coloured brochure catalogue produced sometime in the 1950's-60's includes a number of products with less written material than the earlier 1939 catalogue in the museum collection but does include a number of products that includes: DMU's, coaches, Electric trains and more for all over the world.

Gloucester Wagon Co. Staff Bowls Club Fixtures Card (1910)

 

This photocopy of a Staff Bowls Fixtures Card was provided to ourselves by the Wingets Bowls Club, Gloucester who have the original in their collection.

Postal Cards (1894, 1895 & 1896)

 

This small collection of postal cards were purchased by founding members from a gentleman in America. These cards were posted all around the world, these three were originally sent to Lima, Peru, South America on 31st Oct 1894, 1st Aug 1895 and 1st May 1896. 

 

It is interesting to note that on the card dated 1st May 1896 it is stamped "READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY 18 Passenger Carriages and 20 Wagons for Metre Gauge. Also, 33 Goods Wagons for 4.8 1/2 Gauge."

Photograph of Employees

 

This is a copy of a photograph that dates back to c.1920's-30's, this was taken outside the former works on Bristol Road, Gloucester. It features many of the Company's employees. 

 

If you recognise any of the employees here, may be they are relatives or friends, please get in touch and let us know. Please contact us via email: grcwm@outlook.com, telephone: 07859 357827 or by visiting our contact us page.

 

The original is located at the former Gloucester Life Museum/City Museum.

Tail Lamp (1970's/80's-present)

 

This tail lamp was purchased by founding members in 2018, although not directly linked with the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, these lamps were fitted to all types and styles of rolling stock in the UK, this one came from the Carlisle area.

Tail Lamp Battery (c.1987)

 

This tail lamp battery is from our tail lamp, we had to remove the battery as the lamp was not working and we are currently sourcing a replacement to fit into our lamp so that we could use it during special events to recreate a particular time period in railway history/heritage.

Rolling Stock Catalogue (1939)

 

This rolling stock catalogue was purchase by the founding members. This catalogue was published by The London Publishing Company in 1939. It include an array of items built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited which includes: the Maharajah of Indore State Saloon, London Transport rolling stock and much more, it also includes some original adverts for a number of products both local and further a field. 

D-Plate (B4245609)

 

From research this D-plate, Wagon Number B 424609, Lot No. 3032, built 1957 is likely to have come from a Ballast Hopper Wagon. Examples can still be found on heritage railways in the UK (possibly very similar to GRC&W built BR DB 972219/B 424580 Ballast Wagon built 1957 preserved at the Dean Forest Railway).

Coal (Alney Island Branch)

 

This collection of coal was discovered by the founding members on the former branch. 

Official Swindon Carriage Building Photographs (1950's-60's)

 

These photographs were purchased by the founding members. Although not directly linked or connected to the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, the construction methods are very similar if not the same.

History of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Museum Collection (2016-present)

 

This collection includes Gloucester Citizen: Life and Times - 26th May 2016.

Photo of Churchill Tank (1942)

 

This photograph dated 1942 was taken on Stroud Road, Gloucester during a visit by Queen Mary who was being preceded down Stroud Road, Gloucester by one of the Company's Churchill Tanks.

Model Collection

GWR Streamlined Railcar No. 8

BR Class 122 Railcar 

BR Class 128 DPU

GWR Shunters Truck "Gloucester"

John Stephens Wagon

Osman Trevor Powell Wagon

Dursley Coal Company Wagon

S. J. Moreland & Sons Wagon

Farndon Wagon

North End Wagon

G W Wagon

Churchill Tank & WWII (Diorama Display)

WWI (Diorama Display)

Rolling Stock and Large Scale Items

London Midland and Scottish Railway Ventilated Goods Van M187085

 

LMS Ventilated Goods Van built 1930 by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited. Further information can be found here.

Signals 

 

This collection of Semaphore Signals have been gifted to the museum on loan by founding member Aaron Matthews who was given these along with 2 disc signals many years ago by a family friend who's father owned them until his death and Aaron has owned this little collection since then and never been able to find a suitable use for them until now. Sadly, these are not of Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited origin but the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company did build Signals, Signal Boxes and Signalling Equipment and therefore, Aaron thought it would be a nice idea to have these in the collection as a reminder of something the original Company had a connection with. These signals are all from the Gloucester area.

 

Trolley

 

This trolley was donated to the Museum in 2019 after a telephone call was received asking if we would like to add it to our collection and we were more than happy to do so as it not only provides us with an added exhibit but once restored can provide a practical purpose allowing is to more small-medium sized heavy exhibits around with ease.

 

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