Published: 22nd October 2013
After a five year, painstaking and comprehensive restoration at Bodmin General workshops, the B&WR has re-commissioned into traffic the unique GWR Special Saloon built at Swindon in 1881. It is the oldest known GWR bogie vehicle, was fitted out to a very high standard, and was used privately by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and other celebrities of the day. It is now back to its original Victorian condition, and is a magnificent addition to the railway's growing collection of vintage rolling stock and steam locomotives.
Amongst the guests at the commissioning ceremony on 11 October 2013 were Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE (Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall), Lady Molesworth-St.Aubyn (Patron, Bodmin Rail Preservation Society), Alan Moore CBE (Chairman, Bodmin And Wenford Railway PLC), Bill Parker (The Flour Mill), Dan Okey (Regional Development Manager, First Great Western), and the Mayors of Bodmin and Wadebridge.