Common GWR bogie types

Photos courtesy Maurice Pearce


Maurice Pearce has taken these fine photos of some common GWR bogies, which apart from illustrating the design also shows weathering well. You can see drawings of the main bogie types below.

GWR 9' light-bolster coach bogie

9' light bolster-bogie, manufactured 1910-1925


GWR 9' American coach bogie

8' and 9' American equalised bolster-bogie, introduced 1907


GWR 7' coach bogie

7' single bolster type used under Bow-end stock, introduced 1925


GWR 9' pressed-steel coach bogie

9' standard pressed-steel double bolster, introduced 1935


These drawings show some of the main bogie types used by the GWR from Dean onwards. The illustrations are based on Modeller's Guide to the GWR by T.J. Booth (PSL 1990). Note that these are hand-drawn sketches only – not precise diagrams!

sketches of GWR coach bogie types