Where It All Began

Scroll down to see the photos of the restoration works to our railway carriages. You can find images of our MK1 M1972 Carriage, the GWR 'TOAD' Brake Van, and our Goods Wagons.

BR MK1 Carriage

Railway Retreats

The arrival of the MK1 RBR was a bit of a squeeze, but Reid Freight managed it.

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Two rotators were used to lift the carriage onto the track. The overhead power lines made the lift challenging!

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After 8 hours, the carriage was in place!

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The bar area before the interior re-fit.

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After being stripped, the carriage revealed how detailed the craftsmanship was when these carriages were built back in the 1960's.

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The cold store, that is now the master bedroom.

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Our little helper.

Railway Retreats

9 months after delivery.

Railway Retreats is the proud owner of a M1972 carriage, originally built in 1962 in Ashford/Swindon. Designed and built for British Rail, it was used as main line stock until it was stored at Marston in 2003, before moving to Gloucester Warwickshire Railway to be used as an Upholstery workshop at Winchcombe. We then purchased the carriage some years later when it needed a full restoration to bring it back to its former glory. We have a full photos library at the carriage with more details and photos of the restoration journey.

For the full gallery, please click here.

The 'TOAD' Brake Van

The 'TOAD' being moved in to its final position.

GWR 'TOAD' Brake Van is stripped, blasted and ready to be restored to its former glory!

The 'TOAD' is in place and ready to be restored.

The Wagons