GWR Goods Container A890

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GWRGreat Western Railway Goods Container A890
GWR 39860 'Conflat' Container Wagon.jpg
A890 is approximately half the size of this ‘Type B’ container.
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Restored
Number A890
Built 1931
Diagram A1
Type Container (wood plank body)
Capacity 2½ tons
2013 Donated to the FoKTS

Goods Wagons

The GWRGreat Western Railway began to experiment with container transport in the late 1920s, and by the outbreak of World War Two had built around 2,150 containers. The container was essentially a van body which could be carried by a 'ConflatGWR telegraphic code signifying a flat wagon for containers' Wagon such as GWR 39860 and also by road transport, without the need to unlock the container or remove goods from it during transhipment. They were therefore used mainly for manufactured goods of high value or commodities which needed to be protected from the weather.[1]


GWRGreat Western Railway A890 was built in October 1931 to Diagram A1. It had had external dimensions of 7ft 2½in length x 6ft 2in width x 7ft 2½in height with a wood plank body and a 2½ ton capacity. The "Type A" small covered containers were generally between 7ft – 8ft in length, approximately half the size of the "Type B" seen in the photograph above, meaning two could be carried on one wagon.[1]


A890 was donated to the Friends of Kidderminster Town Station in 2013 and has since been fully restored and repainted in its original livery of dark grey body with white lettering.[2][3]

See also

List of goods wagons


  1. 1.0 1.1 Atkins, Beard & Tourret (2013) pp. 513-515
  2. Restoration of GWRGreat Western Railway Container A890 in the Friends of Kidderminster Town Station magazine Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 205, pp. 50-53