BR 'Dogfish' Ballast Hopper Wagons

BR 'Dogfish' Ballast Hopper Wagons
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BR Dogfish DB983115 at Eardington, June 2018
Built By Chas Roberts (Wakefield)
Status Operational
Number DB983115
History
Built 1957
Diagram 1/587
Lot 2939
Type 4-wheel ballast hopper
Capacity 24 tons
Telegraphic code DOGFISH
TOPS code ZFV
Brakes Vacuum fitted, air through pipe (2022)
1996 Arrived on SVR

Goods Wagons

From around 1955, BR adopted the 19 ton CATFISH and 24 ton DOGFISH as their standard vacuum-fitted small Steel Ballast Hopper wagons. The SVR has been home to three of the latter type. The DOGFISH was fitted with centre and side doors, allowing ballast to be dropped between the rails or to either side. A total of 1,249 of this type were built under Diagram 1/587, some by Metro-Cammell and others including the three SVR examples by Chas Roberts of Wakefield.[1] BR Civil Engineers' wagons were commonly given ‘fish’ telegraph codes, with Dogfish being a general name describing various small sharks.[2].

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Service and Preservation

Details of the 3 Hopper Wagons are as follows:

Number Built Built by Wagon Survey Notes
983115 1957 Chas Roberts Link
983194 1957 Chas Roberts Link Left 2018
993126 1956 Chas Roberts Link Left 2018

DB983115 was initially allocated to Llynclys Junction (Llandu Quarries).[2] Following the closure of the Burton Wagon Repair Department, DB 983115 arrived on the SVR by road on 2 December 1996 having been purchased by Bridgnorth C&W member John Briscoe.[3] It was immediately put into use on Engineers' P-Way trains.[4] Two further DOGFISH were later acquired for the same purpose, and the first three photographs below show all three wagons in a ballast train at Bewdley in April 2015.

In January 2018 it was reported that two of the three had been sold/transferred to the Swanage Railway. The remaining wagon, 983115, was photographed at Eardington in June 2018. In December 2022 it was fitted with a through pipe for air braking at Kidderminster Carriage Repair Works.

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References

  1. LTSV Wagons
  2. 2.0 2.1 Larkin Vol 1 (2011), p.36.
  3. SVR News 122
  4. SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition

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