BR 996730 Rail Carrier

BR 996730 Rail Carrier
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BR 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 SVR

Goods Wagons

Bogie Bolster / Rail Carrier DB 996730 is one of 95 built for BR by Cravens of Sheffield in 1950 to the former GWR 40 ton 'GANE A' design (Diagram J29), of which the SVR’s 60841 is an example. The 60ft length allowed standard length rails to be carried. It was never vacuum-fitted, which led to an early retirement.[2][3] During the BR era, the Western Region commonly continued to use GWR-era Telegraph codes for Civil Engineers wagons rather than adopting the 'fish' codes used elsewhere[4].



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

See also


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. 2.02.1 SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  4. Larkin Vol 1 (2011), p.54.
  5. SVR News 98