Welcome to the GWR Preservation Group Ltd

at Southall Railway Centre

Since 1976 the members of the G.W.R. Preservation Group Limited have committed themselves to preserving our rich railway heritage in London.

Home Page Montage

Now in its fifth decade, the Group has successfully restored a number of its vintage steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock.

The Group’s aims in the 21st century are to:

  • complete the restoration of its remaining locomotives
  • promote railway preservation and an appreciation of railway heritage within the community

The Group occupies sidings at Southall where it currently focuses on restoring its locomotives and rolling stock. We generate valuable income by hiring these locomotives to other heritage railways.

Successes include the return to steam of Great Western Railway-designed 0-6-0 PT Pannier, No. 9682 – some 50 years after it was originally built – and the restoration of its unique A.E.C. 0-4-0 diesel shunter – built in 1939 at Southall.

9682 was the 100th locomotive rescued from the famous “Barry scrapyard” to be restored to working order and earned further fame in 2000 when it became – what is believed to be – the first restored steam locomotive to haul a train carrying HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Please view the other pages on our web site for fund-raising and membership opportunities – we are grateful for all your support.


NOTE: Due to restrictions of our site use, we are unable to allow members of the public on site as day visitors, whereas fully paid up membership to the group will allow entrance during our open hours. Please view our ‘Join the GWRPG’ page for details or call Mike Gorringe on 01225 706688 during daytime hours; 9.00am to 6.oopm. An answerphone is available for messages.