22 Great Western Railway Railcar

Home Railway

Didcot Railway Centre

Location History

Severn Valley Railway Jun 67-78

Current Location

Didcot Railway Centre


Didcot Railway Centre 78-Present

Current Status



Current Livery

Chocolate & Cream

Visited Railways

Bescot (Open Day) Jul 90

TRA Designation




Great Western Society






Record Last Updated

18 September 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Withdrawn in 1962 and stored at Swindon Works, No22 was preserved by the Great Western Society in 1967 and placed on loan to the Severn Valley Railway where the vehicle was initially restored.

In 1968, No22 ran the Severn Valley’s very first passenger train and continued to give the railway good service for another decade.

In 1978 No22 was relocated to the society’s base at the Didcot Railway Centre where it has operated ever since.

Over the years the vehicle has received several small restorations externally and internally. The vehicle is kept indoors which greatly increases the longevity of paint and materials used in restoration work. The most recent restoration work was completed in April 2009 when the vehicle returned to service following an engine rebuild.

No22 sees occasional passenger use on the society’s demonstration line, usually on bank holiday weekends.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


22 offering rides on Didcot's "branch line", 4/6/15. Tony Shackell


22 in use on the "branch line" at Didcot durng the late May bank holiday, 26/5/14. Matthew Callaghan


22 in action on the DRC's demonstration line, 26/4/14. Richard Moxon


22 stabled in the carriage shed at Didcot, 13/4/12. DC-7C


22 seen stabled in the carriage shed at Didcot, 2/4/11. Richard Moxon


22 seen stabled in the carriage shed at Didcot, 2/4/11. Richard Moxon


An unusual view of 22 at Didcot, 31/7/10. Amy Adams


22 under the wires, when visiting the Bescot open day, 30/7/90. Andy Cole




The excellently restored passenger saloon of 22 at Didcot, 4/6/15. Tony Shackell