BR 996730 Rail Carrier

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 996730 Rail Carrier
BR 996730 20150426.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Rail Carrier 996730
Built By Cravens of Sheffield
Status In service
Number DB 996730
Built 1950
Diagram 1/641
Lot 2208
Type Bogie Bolster
Capacity 40 tons
Telegraphic code GANE A
TOPS code YLO[1]
1990 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

BRBritish Rail or British Railways DB996730 is a 60ft Bogie Bolster / Rail Carrier and is one of 95 built for BRBritish Rail or British Railways by Cravens of Sheffield in 1950 to the former GWRGreat Western Railway GANE A design. The SVRSevern Valley Railway's 60841 is an example of the original GANE A first built in 1935 to Diagram J26. The 60ft length allowed standard length rails to be carried, with the wagon having a 40-ton capacity.

996730 was built to a modified GANE A design (Diagram J29) which was introduced in 1940 and incorporated two independent long lever brakes instead of the GWRGreat Western Railway's pre-War DC brakes. However it was never vacuum-fitted, which led to an early retirement.[2][3] During the BRBritish Rail or British Railways era, the Western Region commonly continued to use GWRGreat Western Railway-era Telegraph codes for Civil Engineers wagons rather than adopting the 'fish' codes used elsewhere[4].


996730 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 7 November 1990 from Willesden. It was one of a number of wagons that were originally intended for the Southall Steam Centre but which came to the SVRSevern Valley Railway instead during that year, owned by J.J. Smith.[2] It was immediately put to use by the PWPermanent Way department for carrying rails and sleepers.[5] The photograph shows the wagon carrying rails in a engineering train at Bewdley in 2015.

See also

List of goods wagons


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. 2.0 2.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  4. Larkin Vol 1 (2011), p.54.
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 98