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.

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

The Group occupies sidings at Southall where it currently focuses hiring 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.

The Pannier has recently been sold to the Dean Forest Locomotive Group and they will complete its ten year overhaul to return it to steam. The AEC Shunter has been sold to a private buyer 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 NOTE: Due to restrictions of our site use, we are unable to allow members of the public on site.