BR 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons|
Train of Rudd Ballast Wagons in use by the Permanent Way Department at Highley
|Built By||See table|
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|Type||4-wheel steel open|
|2007||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
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.
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. 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.
- Rowland (1996) pp. 53, App. 2, 4.
- LTSV.com (wagon class information)