GWR 80225 Ballast Wagon

GWR 80225 Ballast Wagon
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80225 at Arley
Built By GWR Swindon
Status Operational
Number 80225
Other Numbers 67890
Built 1937
Diagram P15
Lot 1241
Type 4-wheel ballast wagon
Capacity 10 tons
Telegraphic code STARFISH (BR)
Brakes DC brakes
1973 Arrived on SVR
1981 Restored
1985 Appeared on the main line
2002 Overhauled

Goods Wagons

80225 is a GWR 10T all-steel dropside ballast wagon built in Swindon in 1937 to diagram P15. The 'new generation' ballast wagons of this type began in 1935 with Diagram P15, which had an increased length over earlier designs of 16ft 6in over the headstocks while retaining a 9ft wheelbase. The internal height of 1ft 10in gave a nominal 8 cubic yard capacity.[1] The GWR did not allocate telegraphic codes to Departmental wagons of this type, although it was later classified as a STARFISH by BR.

Unusually, the wagon has two spoked wheels of 1922 vintage and two disk wheels of the correct 1937 design.



80225 arrived on the SVR from Swindon on 17 November 1973 along with 80603, having been acquired by SVR(H) for permanent way work.[2] It is also a sister to 80684. In addition 60906 is an earlier version and 30903 a later development, built to diagrams P14 and P18 respectively.

Restoration of 80225 began in May 1981, which required the fitting of four new axle box castings to replace those damaged by the drop sides falling on them. The springs onto which the sides drop when opened were returned to their original position 3 inches further out from the centre line of the wagon to prevent this damage recurring. The wheels were cleaned down to bare metal and painted, and new oil seals were fitted. Three of the four steel floor panels were replaced. After riveting the floor, the wagon was repainted in GWR Engineers livery of black with white lettering. 80225 was returned to the P.Way Dept. in November 1981.[3]

In 1985, 80225 appeared on the main line when it was used in the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.

80225 required a further overhaul in 2002, the floor having been corroded by loco ash. A new thicker floor was installed, welded rather than riveted, and new riveted wagon ends were also fitted. More damage to the axle boxes was found and repaired, with new door stop springs being fitted in a further attempt to prevent damage. The wagon was again repainted in GWR Engineers livery.


See also


  1. Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 319-320
  2. SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. SVR News 66