Wally’s Wagon, is our converted Railway goods wagon. We began renovated the goods wagon in 2017, it has been carefully and lovingly restored to retain as much original character as possible, while also being comfortable enough for our guests. It has a double bed , wood burning stove and it’s own shower room and toilet. It also has it’s own private hot tub.
We were gifted the goods wagon by a local man called Wally, he had bought the wagon from Selby in the 1970’s to be a stable for his two pet donkeys, it cost £300 at the time by 2017 it was very much in need of some TLC.
So it was carefully uprooted from its field home, and came to Skipbridge to begin it’s new life. The body sides and doors were originally made of planks, despite the contemporary trend toward the use of plywood due to post-war timber shortages. Its ends, though, were corrugated steel with downward-facing ventilators. Ventilation was necessary to keep perishable goods in good condition.
During the 1960s much railway traffic was lost to road haulage. At the same time, British Rail began replacing its stock of covered vans with metal bodied, long-wheelbase vehicles fitted with air brakes. These also had wide-opening doors so that forklift trucks could rapidly load goods on pallets.
We have renovated Wally’s Wagon to be sympathetic to it’s railway heritage, We were keen to add the graffiti to the outside, as if it had spent any time on a railway siding, it would have been inevitable that it would have been subject to graffiti. As our wedding venue is Skipbridge Country Weddings, we decided on a SCW tag. (A graffiti writer’s tag is his or her personalized signature)
We got a professional graffiti artist to come from Leeds to do the SCW tag, and in homage to the wedding / love / couple theme, we asked him to add the couple inside.
We very much hope people enjoy their stay in our little bit of railway history.