Chasewater brakevan dedicated to all Bescot railwaymen – past and present

A newly restored BR 20T brakevan has been dedicated to railwaymen past and present of the LMS/BR Bescot shed and Bescot TMD.

Built at Doncaster in 1958, No. B953827 has been resident on the Chasewater Railway for some years, but had lain out of use and unrestored at Chasewater Heaths station.

Last year it was sold to volunteer William Owen, himself an ex-Bescot man, who set about restoring the brakevan over the winter.

Newly restored BR 20T brakevan No. B953827 is pictured at Brownhills West station on the Chasewater Railway during May’s Made in Staffordshire gala. WILLIAM OWEN

The ’van made its debut at the railway’s Made in Staffordshire gala at the end of May, resplendent in its BR bauxite livery.

The restoration has been carried out to the highest standards, and as much original material as possible has been retained.

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