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This category has been added to capture vehicles that do not fall under any of the other sections. Wagons covered will include non-revenue types (brake vans, barriers, etc), flat wagons (other than automotive or intermodal examples) and specialised departmental vehiclse. The Redland Self-Discharge trains have been included here (in addition to on the hopper page) due to their 'unloading station' wagons.

Image Type Built Qty Used Added Edited

BR-built Goods Brake Vans 1949-1961 5248 1949-current 15/12/2007 03/12/2008
For many years the goods brake van was a common sight almost everywhere in the UK, bringing up the rear of freight trains. BR built over 5000 vans but the widespread adoption of continuous braking (particularly air brakes) saw their numbers slashed and a mere handful survived into the 21st century.

OTA Timber Wagons  1986-1998 c.268 1986-current 23/12/2007 23/12/2007
The OTA type first appeared in 1985 when some surplus air-braked opens were rebuilt into timber carriers following an increase in this traffic. At first using OCA source wagons, the conversions involved the removal of the wagon sides and replacement with tall stanchions, plus the extension of the existing ends. Later rebuilds were from VDAs (retaining the van ends) and OBAs.

Redland Self-Discharge Trains  1988-1990 124 1988-current 01/01/2008 17/05/2008
The Self-Discharge Trains operated by Redland (later Lafarge) were an attempt to combine the rapid unloading characteristics of hopper wagons with the operational flexibility of open wagons that required no specialised unloading equipment. This is achieved by use of a conveyor built into the bottom of each set of wagons and an unloading vehicle coupled at one end. Despite the mechanical complexity of the concept it appears to have been successful with several sets built for use both in the UK and abroad.

YAO 'Dolphin' and YBO 'Sturgeon' Bogie Rail, Sleeper and Ballast Wagons  1950-1961 973 1950-2004 01/01/2008 10/04/2008
The Dolphin and Sturgeon wagons were based on an LNER design and were adaptable bogie rail, sleeper and ballast carriers. Small wheeled bogies and low floors made them useful at worksites and they featured dropside doors that could be removed to allow the carriage of rails and track panels. The 40t Dolphins were all withdrawn by 1993 but many of the Sturgeons were fitted with air brakes and a few survived into the 21st century.

YEA Perch/Porpoise LWRT Trains 1982-1985 192 1982-current 01/12/2006 13/04/2010
When your cargo is 600ft long, you need a special type of wagon. The YEA wagons were part of an ingenious system designed to handle lengths of continuously welded rail, with the ability to unload single rails at work sites. The sets include components classified as on-track plant and the concept was obviously sound as new wagons built from 2002 shared the same configuration.

YMO 'Salmon' Bogie Rail Wagons  1949-1983 895 1949-current 01/01/2008 16/03/2010
The Salmon was a bogie rail wagon built in large numbers during BR's early years. Surprisingly, almost 400 remained in stock in 2008, most having been upgraded with air brakes and new bogies. The type is now mainly used for carrying track panels.



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Last edited: 16/03/2010