GWR 80684 Ballast Wagon

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GWRGreat Western Railway 80684 Ballast Wagon
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GWRGreat Western Railway 80684 Ballast Wagon
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Number 80684
Built 1936
Diagram P15
Lot 1215
Type 4-wheel ballast wagon
Capacity 10 tons
Telegraphic code STARFISH (BRBritish Rail or British Railways)
1984 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1985 Appeared on the main line

Goods Wagons

GWRGreat Western Railway 80684 is a 10-ton ballast wagon and was built at Swindon in 1936-37 to Diagram P15, Lot 1215. It finished its working life with BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) at Swindon, having been fitted with a new floor by BRBritish Rail or British Railways shortly before decommissioning.[1] Having been condemned there, it was purchased by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund but was then 'lost', turning up in use in an engineering train at Gloucester several months later.[2]

80684 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in April 1984 as one of four acquired at the time for P.W.Permanent Way work.[1] It appeared on the main line in 1985 as part of the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.[3]

It received an overhaul in 2006 having been stopped with damage to the axlebox casting, an issue common to these wagons as described in the article on sister wagon 80603. Storage of locomotive ash had resulted in corrosion to the steel body, so repairs to the corner uprights and end panels were also carried out.[2] A new floor was also welded in, and the wagon returned to P. Way use in February 2007.[4]

It is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.

See Also

List of goods wagons


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 155
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 78
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 163