BR 901010 Weltrol MV

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 901010 WeltrolTelegraphic code signifying a Well Trolley MV
42968 boiler on 901010.JPG
901010 carrying 42968's boiler at Bridgnorth in May 2016
Built By Head, Wrightson
Status Operational
Number B 901010
History
Built 1952
Diagram 2/731
Lot 2360
Type Bogie well trolley
Capacity 40 tons
Brakes Unfitted
1990 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Goods Wagons

BRBritish Rail or British Railways WeltrolTelegraphic code signifying a Well Trolley MV Well Trolley 901010 at Bridgnorth in 2015
This BRBritish Rail or British Railways Well Trolley (‘WeltrolTelegraphic code signifying a Well Trolley MV’) was built by Head, Wrightson in 1952 to Diagram 2/731, Lot 2360.[1] It was based on an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design and has a 40 ton capacity but a short 26ft wheelbase giving only a 15ft length for the load which is carried on a steel floor.[2]

Much of its working life was spent carrying a caterpillar tracked earthmover at Nechells Power Station, Washwood Heath. After being condemned it was transferred to Willsden, from where it was acquired by Mr. J.J. Smith in 1990, arriving 6 November of that year.[2] On arrival on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society it was placed into immediate use with the P. Way Department. It subsequently received a repaint with the intention of being used in the 1992 Freight Weekend, but unfortunately failed a pads exam at 9 pm on the eve of the event, resulting in a 2 hour shunt to remove it from the formation.[3] It has subsequently served mainly as a boiler carrier at Bridgnorth, in which role it was photographed in 2015 and 2016.

The Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey suggests that 901010 is the only survivor of the 9 WeltrolTelegraphic code signifying a Well Trolley MVs built to Diagram 731 and therefore unique in preservation,[4] the other MVs being to a later diagram.

See also

List of goods wagons

References

  1. Rowland (1996) App. 4.
  2. 2.02.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 107
  4. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey

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