Regent Oil & Texaco 431 Aviation Fuel Tank Wagon

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Regent Oil & Texaco 431 Aviation Fuel Tank Wagon
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Regent Oil & Texaco Wagon 431
Built By Powell Duffryn
Number 431
Other Numbers Regent 431, TEX 47881, BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) 457
Built 1961
Diagram 6/020
Type 4w Class B Aviation Fuel Tank
Capacity 22 tons[1]
Brakes Vacuum
1984 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1985 GW 150 main line appearance

Goods Wagons

In 1960, following on from an earlier Esso example, the Regent Oil Company introduced Private Owner Class B Vacuum braked tank wagons to a similar design with auxilliary suspension and bottom discharge. 92 were built by Chas Roberts and 50 by Powell Duffryn.[2][1] This example, Class B Aviation Fuel Tank No 431 was built by Powell Duffryn in 1961 and is now a unique vehicle.[1]


The tank was used by Regent Oil, which was re-branded as Texaco Ltd in 1967.[3] While used by Texaco, it was allocated TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. number TEX 47881. Its final duty was in freight trains carrying aviation fuel from Edinburgh to Prestwick Airport for which it carried the registration number BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) 457[1][4].


It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway with a Chas Roberts-built example 345 from Cardiff on 23 July 1984 having been acquired by Don Wilcox, and restored to all-over silver Texaco livery.

In 1985, 431 appeared on the main line when it was used in the GW 150 demonstration freight train which ran to Newport behind GWR freight loco 2857.[5]

Original plans to store diesel fuel were shelved and it has instead been used to store water for firefighting.[4] It is seen at Bewdley in March 2015.

See also

List of goods wagons
Regent Oil & Texaco 345 Aviation Fuel Tank Wagon
Leapgate Private Sidings, owned by Regent/Texaco


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  2. Paul Bartlett's photographs (Retrieved 1 January 2019)
  3. Grace's Guide
  4. 4.0 4.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 78