BR 993898 'Shark' Ballast Plough Brake

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 993898 'Shark' Ballast Plough Brake
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Ballast Plough Brake DB 993898
Built By BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Smethwick
Status In service
Number DB 993898
Built 1957
Diagram 1/597
Lot 3040
Type Ballast plough brake
Capacity 20 tons
Telegraphic code Shark
Brakes Vacuum braked
1990 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

This Ballast Plough Brake, of type ‘Shark’, was built by BRCWBirmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company at Smethwick in 1957 to Diagram 1/597, Lot 3040.[1] The type was based on an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway design, and had large metal ingots installed below the Guard’s floor to add extra weight. Fitted with a handbrake and stove, they were used in ballast train working; the ploughs being used to spread newly-dropped stone ballast.[2]

993898 in preservation

993898 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Tinsley on 19 November 1990, and was later fitted with ploughs acquired from Duddeston Wagon Shops in Birmingham. It was used on engineers' P-Way trains until replaced by air braked Shark 993876 in 2017. The photograph below shows it in a ballast train at Bewdley in April 2015. It was in the siding at Eardington on 1 June 2016.

The plough can be seen in use in this video taken at Trimpley in February 2017. Link to YouTube

In 2016 the then owners took the decision to donate 993898 to the SVR Charitable Trust, thus ensuring its long term place as part of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's wagon fleet.

As of January 2020 it is being restored by the Carriage and Wagon team in the cattle dock at Bridgnorth.

See also


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. Severn Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition