London Transport ‘Herring’ Ballast Hopper Wagons
|London Transport ‘Herring’ Ballast Hopper Wagons|
Three Herring ballast hoppers in an engineers train
|Built By||See table|
|Diagram||P6 / P20|
|Type||4-wheel steel ballast hopper|
|1984||Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway|
|1985||GW 150 main line appearance|
|2021||Left the SVRSevern Valley Railway|
The SVRSevern Valley Railway's wagons were numbered as follows:
|Number||Built||Built by||Wagon Survey||Notes|
|HW 410||1938||GRCWGloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company||Link||Left in June 2021|
|HW 411||1938||GRCWGloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company||Link||Left in August 2021|
|HW 436||1965||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Shildon||Link||Left in June 2021|
The wagons left the SVRSevern Valley Railway in June and August 2021.
The two early examples were originally ordered by the London Passenger Transport Board in 1936 for use on planned extension works on London Underground such as the extension of the Northern Line to Potters Bar. These works were cancelled in 1938 due to the impending war. The third example was not built until the mid-1960s.
The three ballast hoppers were acquired by SVR(H) in early 1984 and were initially intended for use in completing the extension to Kidderminster. Delays in receiving the LROLight Railway Order meant they were marooned in a goods yard at Shirebrook in Derbyshire, only arriving on the morning of 23 July 1984, the Monday of the final week before opening. They were immediately brought into use, greatly speeding up the final ballasting, lifting packing and slueing which was required at Kidderminster.
The wagons saw regular use on Permanent Way duties on the railway until superseded by other larger ballast hoppers, including a 24 ton BR 'Dogfish' Ballast Hopper Wagon and six 40 ton BR 'Seacow' 40t Ballast Hoppers. On 8 May 2021 they were moved to the Stourport Triangle. Two of the wagons, HW 410 and HW 436 were relocated to the Mid Hants Railway in late June 2020. D8568 moved HW 411 to Kidderminster on 19 August for onward travel to its new home. All three subsequently moved to the Epping Ongar Railway in April 2022.
- Paul Bartlett
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 73
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 78
- Mid Hants Instagram via National Preservation Forum (Retrieved 30 June 2021)
- Post on National Preservation Forum, "Rolling Stock Movements" tread, 28 April 2022