Rolling Stock Department
Goods wagons of all shapes and sizes were once a common sight at every railway station - sometimes, the goods traffic was more important than the passengers.
Built: 1962 (Wolverhampton)
Once numerous and used for the transportation of all kinds of parcels and merchandise. Since arriving at the railway in army livery (carrying the number WGB 4182), it has been restored into original BR Bauxite livery, complete with sign-written numbers.
GWR Fruit 'D' Van 3465
Built: 1955 (Swindon)
The Fruit 'D' vans were the last type of 'Fruit' vehicle built by the Great Western to aid some of their traffic of garden produce. The vans had additional ventilation slats in the sides to allow cool air to circulate, as well as three sets of double doors on each side and internal gas lighting, on an 18ft wheelbase. As well as the carriage of fruit, they were also found being used for express parcels traffic.
British Railways VDA "Ferry Van" 200780
Built: 1976 (Ashford)
These wagons were designed for the faster freight trains as BR tried to update its rolling stock. The design was introduced in 1975 and they had a number of uses and liveries, being very useful with both sliding and opening doors, enabling direct access to all parts of the vehicle. Our van was used by the army, and still carries the identity "WGB 4311"
LNER 'Trout' 25T Ballast Hopper DB(?)
The LNER ordered 113 of these vehicles after first using a wagon built by Metro Cammell. There were later variants of the design, introduced by BR.
BR 'Dogfish' 20T Ballast Hopper DB993577
Built: 1960 (Shildon)
Along with the Catfish design, this was BRs standard small ballast hopper, with nearly 2000 built between the two designs. Doors underneath open to spread ballast to either side of and down the middle of the track.
GWR Macaw B
Built for the Great Western Railway and designed to carry rails for the track engineers, a purpose for which it is still very useful. Whilst some remedial work was undetaken a number of years ago, there are several areas of corrosion on the frames, along with a number of rotten timbers, that currently limits the use of the flatbed. As such, is it not used and awaits its turn in the long restoration queue.
'Rectank' Bogie Ramped Flatbed B909074
Built: 1960 (Swindon)
Built for carrying Army Tanks (hence the telegraphic name) and latterly used by the engineers departments for carrying heavy plant and equipment. This vehicle is very useful with its 38.5t capacity, and our team have recently completed restoring the vehicle, repainting the frames and replacing all the wooden decking, finished off with its lettering.
London Underground 'Bedstead' F362
The low area in the middle of this vehicle is the source of the 'Bedstead' nickname these wagons received from LU engineering teams. This particular has also previously carried the historic Metropolitan coach No.353.
Shark Ballast Plough & Brake Van DB99385
Status: Awaiting replacement wheelsets
Used to spread track ballast after it has been laid, as well as a guards brake van on engineers trains. It has recently undergone a full restoration, being outshopped in BR Engineer's Black in time for our April 150th Anniversary event in 2015. The brake will be used infrequently on both brake van ride and engineering trains.
Shark Ballast Plough & Brake Van DB993760
Status: Awaiting Restoration
As with 99385, once restored this vehicle will also be used for engineering and demonstration freight trains, as well as infrequent brake van rides.
British Railways Standard 20T Brake Van B955096
Built: 1962 (Ashford)
Status: Awaiting Restoration
Once a common sight at the end of every freight train across the network, this van ended its life being used by London Transport to act as guards van when transferring its Heritage fleet around the Underground network; it is now on long term loan to us from the London Transport Museum. The brake van was previously restored into its original BR (unfitted) light grey livery, complete with many original fittings. However, after many years in the open it is now in need of many new timbers and other structural work.
'TEA' 102T Bogie Tanker 87867
Status: Serviceable; undergoing external restoration
The wagon served its life admirably moving Crude Oil across the national network, before finally ending up as a Bitumen slurry tank. This is the first 102-ton registered Bogie Tank wagon to enter preservation, and was bought in December by the National Wagon Preservation Group.
Taylor & Hubbard RCE Light Duty Diesel Mechanical Crane 81026
Status: Stored out of use
Once used for light engineering works, the crane retains its runner and match trucks, numbered 341895 and 914383 respectively. The vehicle can be moved, but the crane is no longer operational; the jib itself is actually from sister crane 81027. When working, the crane could lift up to 5 tonnes.