Auto Trailer 169
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This historic Great Western Railway vehicle is currently being restored under the management of

Locomotive 5542 Ltd

Please help us to continue our restoration of our historic Great Western Railway Autotrailers 169 and 233

Download a Donation or Standing Order form and return it to us today to help us continue to progress.

Work is steadily progressing, if you would like to join one of our working parties (at Williton or Buckfastleigh) please e-mail to confirm details.


Important News

We have today (1 August 2019) concluded an agreement whereby 5542 will be operated and maintained by the South Devon Railway for the next 30 years.  It means that the long term future of nit only our steam loco but also our other rolling stock currently located on the SDR will be maintained and, if necessary restored, using their resources.  The deal will see 5542 in particular guaranteed a long period of activity potentially on railways all around the country.  The agreement recognises our origins on the WSR and the input of many WSR supporters in its restoration.  We believe this secures the best possible future for Locomotive 5542 Ltd.




W233W is now earning her keep with regular use on the South Devon Railway, work continues on 169 at Williton

there's lots of photos of 233 on our Facebook page

Possibly the last blog of 233 restoration work as it is now just about complete and resplendent in new paint can be seen on Working on W233W

The latest progress report on 169 is on Latest News - updated 31/05/2016.

W233W has arrived at Buckfastleigh and restoration in now well advanced - see photos on W233W and Working on W233W

We've recently done some work on the Vanfit which is used as a store by Locomotive 5542, see Latest News

There's so many photos of 169 as on display at the WSR Autumn Steam Gala they've got their own page October 2012

Further progress with the assembly of part of the body framing on the underframe on 29/09/2012 on Latest News

If you require some space on your bookshelves we will be pleased to receive your surplus transport related items for resale.

Video added to Steam Bending 08/05/2012.

New photos added to Project History of 169 when we first acquired her.

A page with photos of Auto 169 in BR service has been added at 169 in GWR/BR service - all too few photos at present, do have any more we could use on this site?

Another new page is Bogies showing some of the work being done to overhaul the bogies.

Locomotive 5542 Ltd saw auto coach 169 as a perfect partner for their small prairie tank engine and as a chance to restore another part of the the history of the Great Western Railway.  Auto 169 is being restored at Williton on the West Somerset Railway.  The underframe - on its bogies together with part of the body - is in the "Swindon Shed" while most of the woodwork to produce replacement body frames is being done at our neighbouring industrial unit.

169 Working Parties

Regular work on 169 usually takes place on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Williton workshop . All help is most welcome, and should you like to assist with our project please come along from about 10am. If you are travelling any distance, or it is your first visit please e-mail 2-3 days beforehand to confirm details. The work site is not open to the public so any visits must be by prior arrangement.

This video shows our loco 5542 working with similar autotrailers 163 and 178.

Small prairie 5542 with autotrailer 178.

5542 with similar auto 178 - perfect partners.

Interior of auto trailer 225.

Inside Autocoach 225

Layout plan of auto trailer 169

Layout drawing of Auto 169

169 could so easily have finished up like this one at Highbridge.

Wanted  Do  you have any surplus Transport related Books,  DVDs etc. We would welcome your donations of suitable items for resale.  Please contact us to arrange delivery/local collection by clicking here  The sale of these items raise valuable funds to help the restoration program so please look out those unwanted items.

We are always on the lookout for items relating to GWR Autotrailers and associated fittings along with Right Hand Door Handles and external grab handles.  We do have some surplus Left Hand door handles so please contact us if you need some or possibly want to swop.

Suitable tools and equipment to help in the rebuilding process are always welcome but do need to be fairly modern and in good working order to conform with current legislation. Good quality hardwood or reasonable sized 'offcuts' along with any carpentry hand tools are always useful as are surplus brass or Stainless Steel woodscrews.  Use the above link to contact us if you think you have items of use to us. 

Do you know of any photographs of GWR/BR Autotrailers (particularly 169) taken whilst they were in service?

 Please let us know if you have any we may add to this site or add to a list of links.


Whilst we are aware that the project to rebuild 169 is no small task, we are confident that we can source the necessary skills, funds and manpower to ensure a successful outcome. We are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to assist the project in any way.

Members :

 All financial support is most welcome and a Members program is offered at 3 levels of contribution,

Gold 500 Silver 250 Bronze 125

Contributions can be outright or by Standing Order

from just 5 per month . Other donations of funds or articles for resale are welcome.

All donations of 20 or more will receive a 'Certificate of Thanks' and become a 'Friend of 169'.

For further details of this exciting project please E-Mail for more information. We have already sourced a number of missing parts and received an excellent response to the project.  However additional funds are still required to ensure our excellent progress continues. 


Sponsorship :

 We are looking for sponsors. We have a sponsor for window glass, would you or your company like to sponsor part of an historic railway coach? We need a supply of oak for repairs to the framework.  We need screws by the hundred; We need hardboard, panelling, flooring, light fittings, seats and upholstery.

Can you help?

Please help us to continue our restoration of this historic Great Western Railway Autotrailer

Download a Donation or Standing Order form and return it to us today to help us continue to progress.

Use the links below to explore the site or see Site Map for a list of all the pages.



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