Wembley exhibition 2ft-gauge coach restored as new at Toddington

THE North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway has restored a coach which was built for a special line at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924/25.

The body of the 2ft-gauge vehicle was retrieved from Teddington Fields, next to the A46 between Tewkesbury and Teddington Hands, by members of the narrow gauge line based at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway at Toddington.

The sole-surviving coach from the 1924/25 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley now set for a second career on the North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway. MALCOLM RANIERI

 

Builder the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Limited retained ownership of the narrow gauge Wembley carriages. When found a decade ago, the carriage body still retained a small Gloucester RCW worksplate inside the saloon.

There were several light railways laid at the exhibition, which in the railway sector was most famous for showcasing GWR 4-6-0 No. 4079 Pendennis Castle and LNER Pacific No. 4472 Flying Scotsman.

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