BR 118443 Mineral Wagon

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 118443 Mineral Wagon
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mineral Wagon 118443
Built By GRCWGloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company
Status Stored
Number ADE 118443
Other Numbers B 118443, I/U 041451
Built 1951-2
Diagram 1/108
Lot 2380
Type 4-wheel steel mineral wagon
Capacity 16 tons
Brakes Unfitted

Goods Wagons

On 1 January 1948 BRBritish Rail or British Railways inherited more than 1.2 million wagons and containers, many of them antiquated. The following month the Ideal Stocks Committee was appointed by the Railway Executive to determine the future requirements for locomotives, carriages and wagons, with priority given to wagons. A report in March 1950 recommended the replacement of 253,500 grease-lubricated mineral wagons. Diagram 1/108 became the standard design for a 16 ton 9ft wheelbase end-door all steel mineral wagon, with more than 200,000 built between 1950 and 1957.[1]

This example, originally numbered B 118443, was built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1952 as Lot 2380.[1] It was condemned as an MCO in 1978 and subsequently transferred to Internal UserRolling stock used for the railway’s internal purposes (stores etc.) at one fixed location. stock as number 041451 in 1980. In that role it was allocated to Immingham TMDTraction Maintenance Depot, also referred to as Diesel Depot where it was fitted with a tank and vacuum system and used to clear oil and sludge from the drains.[2]

The date of its arrival on the SVRSevern Valley Railway was not published; it was not recorded in the Stock Book of June 1998 but was photographed at Kidderminster Railway Museum in May 2006.[2] As of 2020 it is still stored there awaiting restoration. The tank is still in situ and can be seen in the wagon in the main photograph.

See also

List of goods wagons


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rowland (1996) pp. 9, 41, App 4.
  2. 2.0 2.1