LMS 476401 Open Wagon

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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 476401 Open Wagon
LMS 476401 Open Wagon.jpg
LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Open Wagon 476401 with crane
Built By LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Derby
Status Stored
Number 476401
Other Numbers ADM 476401
Built 1944-45
Diagram D2101
Lot 1364
Type 4-w 3-plank open
Capacity 13 tons
Telegraphic code MEDFIT
Brakes vacuum fitted
1990 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Open Wagon 476401 with crane

This LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway drop-sided wagon was built circa 1944-45 at Derby. Initially these wagons may have been used for moving small pieces of military equipment, but post-War were mainly used for moving containers, the drop-sides removing the need for chaining these down unlike ordinary flat wagons such as the “ConflatGWR telegraphic code signifying a flat wagon for containers”. The wagons were vaccum-fitted, and were given the telegraph code 'MEDFIT'.[1]

While still in service, 476401 was later fitted with a small 'Python' pedestal crane[2] to assist Carriage and Wagon repair teams carrying out wagon wheel changes ‘in the field’. This crane can still be seen on the wagon today.

The wagon was moved to the SVRSevern Valley Railway arriving 20 December 1990 from the fledgling Southall Railway Preservation Centre by owner J.J. Smith, along with several other wagons including Brake Van 955243.[1] In 1991 it was used to transport the axle and wheels of 55577 to Bridgnorth for tyre turning after the wheel profiles were damaged during the Autumn Steam Gala.[3] It received an overhaul in 1992 involving complete replacement of the body planks and renewal of the concrete fill around the base of the crane. It was subsequently used on several other occasions for the movement of wheels.[4]

As of 2020 the wagon and crane have spent some years stored at the Stourport Triangle awaiting overhaul.

See also

List of goods wagons


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 98
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 102
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 107
  • Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey states build date as 1944
  • Stock Book states build date as 1945