GWR 40841 Ballast Wagon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 40841 Ballast Wagon
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GWRGreat Western Railway 40841 Ballast Wagon
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Operational
Number 40841
Other Numbers 068683
Built 1893
Diagram P5
Lot 677
Type 4-wheel ballast wagon
Capacity 8 tons
Brakes Unfitted
1991 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1996 Restoration completed

Goods Wagons

40841 was built by the GWRGreat Western Railway at Swindon in 1893 to Diagram P5, Lot 677.[1] It has a capacity of 8 tons (7 cu yds) and was used for transporting ballast and other P.W.Permanent Way material. The chassis is a simple 16ft N6/7 underframe, a type common to many Iron MinkGWR telegraphic code signifying a covered goods van and open wagons, and is iron-framed, pre-dating the introduction of steel chassis wagons in 1895. The 1ft 9in high steel sides have a central 5ft 6in panel and two 5ft 3in end panels with 4ft 11½in drop doors. Type P5 wagons were fitted with a steel floor.[2]

40841 later saw Internal UserRolling stock used for the railway’s internal purposes (stores etc.) at one fixed location. service as No 068863[3] at Cardiff Docks (Associated British Ports).


40841 was acquired in 1990, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Cardiff on 6 March 1991.[4] Considerable restoration was required including replacement of a missing centre side section; before this could be undertaken the wagon appeared in a 1940s event with the words 'Bomb damage' chalked on the side.[5]

Restoration began at Bewdley in late 1995 and was completed in mid-1996. The work included repairs to the chassis, complete body renewal, replacement buffer/drawbar and carrying springs. The body sides, ends, doors and new supports for the missing centre side section required 440 new rivets. Finally the wagon was repainted in 1890s livery. During restoration, it came to light that all the internal longitudinals were second hand, being stamped with the numbers of different vehicles, possibly broad gauge stock which was being scrapped at the time 40841 was built.[5]

40841 is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund. It is operational and is sometimes used in the Demonstration Goods Train.


See also

List of goods wagons


  1. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. Atkins et al, Volume 2 (1976), p115
  3. RHR Wagon Survey. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book gives the number as 068683
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. 5.0 5.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 117 and 119