BR 891054 Cattle Van

BR 891054 Cattle Van
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BR Cattle Van 891054
Built By Derby
Status Operational
Number B 891054
Other Numbers DB891054
History
Built 1950
Diagram 1/350
Lot 2036
Type 4-wheeled non-ventilated van
Telegraphic code OXFIT
TOPS code VCV
Brakes Vac fitted
1991 Arrived on SVR
1992 Restoration completed

Goods Wagons

At one time there were more than 16,000 cattle wagons on the railways. BR continued to build them for several years after nationalisation, before deciding to end the business of handling livestock during the 1950s[1].

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Service

This 12 ton BR ‘Oxfit’ Cattle Van was one of a batch of 1,100 built at Derby and Shildon in 1949-50. It is something of a hybrid, with the body built to an LMS design but mounted on LNER running gear. It was equipped with steam heat through pipes for use with rural branch line passenger trains, to which these vans were often attached.[1]

After use as a cattle van ended, 891054 was one of a number of similar wagons cut down for use as a tunnel inspection platform[2].

Preservation

891054 arrived on the SVR from Sheffield on 8 March 1991, having been acquired by the Highley Station Fund. It was restored at Bewdley over the winter of 1991-92. Copies of the LMS drawings were obtained to determine the design and profile of the missing roof. New steel roof hoops were rolled to the correct radius, approximately one foot was added to each upright, and the ends, roof and door hinges rebuilt around the resulting frame. New top doors were also made and the bottom doors and other body planks replaced as necessary. The door hinges and upright T-section steelwork were salvaged from a Fruit D van body on a farm near Pershore. After repairs to the vacuum brakes and repainting, the van was handed over to its owners at Highley.[2]

891054 is normally found at Highley where it was photographed adjacent to Highley signal box in March 2015. It was on display in the cattle dock at Arley station during the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala. It is thought to be the only surviving wagon of its type[3].

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References

  1. 1.01.1 SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. 2.02.1 SVR News 102
  3. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey

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