BR 891054 Cattle Van
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 891054 Cattle Van|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Cattle Van 891054
|Type||4-wheeled non-ventilated van|
|1991||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
At one time there were more than 16,000 cattle wagons on the railways. BRBritish Rail or British Railways continued to build them for several years after nationalisation, before deciding to end the business of handling livestock during the 1950s.
This 12 ton BRBritish Rail or British Railways ‘Oxfit’ Cattle Van was one of a batch of 1,100 built at Derby and Shildon in 1949-50. It is something of a hybrid, with the body built to an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design but mounted on LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway running gear. It was equipped with steam heat through pipes for use with rural branch line passenger trains, to which these vans were often attached.
After use as a cattle van ended, 891054 was one of a number of similar wagons cut down for use as a tunnel inspection platform.
891054 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Sheffield on 8 March 1991, having been acquired by the Highley Station Fund. It was restored at Bewdley over the winter of 1991-92. Copies of the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway drawings were obtained to determine the design and profile of the missing roof. New steel roof hoops were rolled to the correct radius, approximately one foot was added to each upright, and the ends, roof and door hinges rebuilt around the resulting frame. New top doors were also made and the bottom doors and other body planks replaced as necessary. The door hinges and upright T-section steelwork were salvaged from a Fruit D van body on a farm near Pershore. After repairs to the vacuum brakes and repainting, the van was handed over to its owners at Highley.
891054 is normally found at Highley where it was photographed adjacent to Highley signal box in March 2015. It was on display in the cattle dock at Arley station during the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala. It is thought to be the only surviving wagon of its type.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 102
- Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey