BR 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons
Rudd Ballast Wagons.jpg
Train of Rudd Ballast Wagons in use by the Permanent Way Department at Highley
Built By See table
Status Operational
Number See table
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Lot See table
Type 4-wheel steel open
Capacity 21 tons
Telegraphic code RUDD
Brakes Air braked
2007 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

These wagons were originally built as 21 ton Coal Hopper wagons, all but one to Diagram 1/146 of which all Lots had a welded body and a standard 20 ton hand lever brake. The original TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. code for such wagons was HTO. The exception, built to Diagram 1/149, had roller bearings and self-contained buffers with 100 out of the 1,000 also being vacuum through-piped.[1]

A surplus of such wagons in the early 1980s led to their withdrawal. This coincided with a requirement for ‘new’ civil engineers ballast and spoil wagons to replace the elderly Grampus open wagons and second-hand 16-ton minerals wagons then in use. A programme was therefore put in hand to convert more than 2000 such wagons into ‘Clam’, ‘Rudd’ and ‘Tope’ wagons.[2]

The ‘Rudd’ variant involved the fitting of a new box body with drop-side doors, and also air brakes. 800 of these were converted by Marcroft Engineering of Stoke and C C Crump of Connah’s Quay to design ZB001A. The ‘Rudd’, which has a 21 ton capacity, was particularly long-lasting with more than 200 still in use at the start of 2008.[2] The TOPS code for the converted RUDD is ZBA.

Acquisition and use by the SVRSevern Valley Railway

Following the storm damage of 2007, the SVRSevern Valley Railway acquired 15 ‘Rudd’ Ballast Wagons on loan from EWSEnglish, Welsh & Scottish Railway, a rail freight company (now DB Schenker). They were used extensively for the repair project, and have seen regular use since for moving ballast, waste ash and similar materials. Details of the 15 wagons are as follows:

Number Originally built Originally built by Original Diagram & Lot No Original number Rebuilt Wagon Survey Notes
DB 972299 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 432033 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972345 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 432343 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972349 1957 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company 1/146, 3030 B 423279 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972359 1956 Cravens Railway C&WCarriage & Wagon Co, Sheffield 1/146, 2933 B 420479 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972378 1956 Cravens Railway C&WCarriage & Wagon Co, Sheffield 1/146, 2933 B 420561 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972407 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 432604 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972416 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 432511 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972467 1955 BRBritish Rail or British Railways Shildon 1/146, 2713 B 416448 1990 Crump Link
DB 972469 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 433453 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972513 1956 Metro Cammell 1/146, 2935 B 421521 1991 Marcroft Link
DB 972548 1957 Head Wrightson 1/146, 3033 B 425624 1991 Marcroft Link
DB 972655 1958 Pressed Steel 1/146, 3157 B 431469 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972677 1958 BRBritish Rail or British Railways Shildon 1/149, 3120 B 430362 1990 Marcroft Link
DB 972688 1957 BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company 1/146, 3030 B 423151 1990 Crump Link
DB 972724 1957 Head Wrightson 1/146, 3034 B 426121 1991 Marcroft Link

In 2015 an SVRSevern Valley Railway NBINotice Board Issue. The SVR's on-line method of circulating information to working members. announced DB Schenker contacted the SVRSevern Valley Railway this year to inform us that the wagons were available for purchase, and following negotiation I can announce that they have been bought for a competitive price. I would like to thank two individuals who have provided finances to assist with the cost of purchase.

In summer 2016 the numbers were repainted, making identification of the individual wagons easier.


See also

List of goods wagons


  1. Rowland (1996) pp. 53, App. 2, 4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 (wagon class information)


LTSV Wagon information