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30 January 2010

British Rail Wagon TOPS Codes

 

 

Introduction

 

From the introduction of the computerised Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) in 1973, wagons became classified in scheme that involved three letters. The first letter was the general type of wagon, usually depending on what type of merchandise it was used for, the second for the variety of wagon within that type and the third to explain the type of braking system fitted to the wagon.

 

 

Wagon Type Codes

 

Code

Description

B

Bogie steel carrying (excluding coil)

CA

Brake vans (Traffic Department)

CB-CZ

Covered bulk carriers

F

Flat wagons

H

Hoppers

I

International ferry wagons (other railways administrations)

J

Steel carrying bogie coil (merged into group B)

K

Steel carrying two-axle coil (merged with group S)

M

Mineral wagons (not hopper fitted)

O

Open wagons

P

Privately owned wagons (excluding tanks)

Q

Departmental coaching stock vehicles

R

Railway operating vehicles (barrier, runner and adapter wagons)

S

Steel carrying two-axle (excluding coil)

T

Tank wagons (privately owned)

U

Uncovered open bulk carriers (e.g. timber, china clay, merged with group O)

V

Vans

X

Exceptional vehicles and special purpose vehicles (merged partly into group B, partly into group F)

Y

Departmental bogie goods vehicles

Z

Departmental two-axle goods vehicles

 

Brakes and Brake Codes

 

Early wagons had only handbrakes that were manually applied on between one and four wheels of each wagon separately. This was usually fine for a few horse-drawn open trucks or a short steam-hauled train on level ground, but the rapidly increasing speeds and weights of trains made possible by steam traction meant that a better solution needed to be found to stop lethal runaways down inclines and generally insure a train could easily be started and stopped where the railway wanted it to be. Traditional 'un-fitted' goods trains were composed of wagons which only had manual handbrakes and were 'loose-coupled' together with a heavy chain known as a 'three-link coupling'. These couplings were a mixed blessing as there could be substantial slack in the couplings between the front and rear of a train. This meant that the train was easier to start as the locomotive would not have to overcome the momentum of the whole train in one when moving off, but also that if the locomotive moved off too quickly, the resultant sudden jerk or 'snatch' as the slack was taken up at the end of the train could cause broken couplings or severe damage to the wagons. If the locomotive tried to stop too quickly, the train would come crashing into its buffers with potentially similar results. These trains were limited to a maximum speed of only 15 mph and had to have a goods brake van at the rear with a guard. The goods brake van was normally a four or six-wheeled vehicle that was ballasted with concrete or scrap steel so that it weighed around twenty tons and had an internal handbrake that the guard could apply. At the tops of hills, the train would stop and the guard would manually 'pin-down' or apply what was judged to be a sufficient number of the handbrakes on the wagons so that the train could safely descend the hill without building up so much momentum that the brakes on the locomotive could not stop it. The train would cautiously descend the hill and at the bottom the guard would release all the brakes he had just pinned on. This type of operation was extremely slow and inefficient by modern standards, but still lasted into the late 1980s on engineers' trains.

 

The problems and dangers of un-fitted trains resulted in the invention of the vacuum brake, introduced very early on passenger trains, where most or all of the vehicles in a train would be connected to the locomotive via a pipe. The air pressure in this pipe could be varied by the locomotive driver or the guard, causing brakes to be released or applied gradually and automatically on all connected vehicles. This system has remained in use on the mainline in rapidly declining numbers of trains since 1970s until the present day.

 

Depending on the number of vehicles connected directly to the locomotive by the vacuum pipe, the maximum speed of goods trains was increased and could be up to 60 mph on a fully-fitted train, unless the locomotive or one or more of the wagons had a lower speed limit imposed on it. Another advantage of the fully-fitted goods train was that the guard was no longer required at the end of the train to pin-down handbrakes or check for break-away wagons as if any wagons broke free from the train, the connection to the vacuum pipe would be severed and both the train and the loose wagons would automatically stop. This meant that when BR could negotiate it with the unions, the guards van could be dispensed with at the rear of the train, although in early diesel days they had to agree to the guard travelling in the rear cab of the locomotive. It also meant that all vacuum-braked wagons required lamp irons for red-lensed oil lamps to mark the rear of the train for signalmen as they could travel at the rear with no brake van. BR sometimes deliberately added a brake van to the rear of fully-fitted trains for reasons of security or for safety if the trains needed to be propelled backwards any great distance. Fitted wagons were either given 'screw-link' couplings which could be tightened by rotating the bar attached to the central threaded link so that the buffers of adjoining wagons touched or they were fitted with the simpler GWR invention of 'Instanter' couplings where the central roughly triangular link could be used longways with the others for 'loose-coupled' trains or rotated 90 degrees to give a shorter coupling distance for fitted trains.

 

Another type of continuous brake developed was the 'air' brake, as used on modern road heavy goods vehicles. This never found favour with the GWR, although it did on the Southern for example and in order to run through trains on other railways, some GWR locomotives were fitted additionally with outside Westinghouse air brake compressors.

 

The former management of the GWR managed to convince the new board of BR that their vacuum braking system was the best to standardise on as their locomotives had a special cross-head pump attached to the motion to apply the brakes quickly when in motion and their system ran at a higher pressure than that of other railways, despite the fact that air braking was later confirmed to be a better solution. This was fine for GWR locomotives that were designed for this type of vacuum brake, but the locomotives of other companies sometimes could not raise enough pressure in the vacuum pipe to release the brakes on the train and the train would have to be declared a 'failure'. Despite this standardisation, BR built tens of thousands of un-fitted wagons alongside fitted ones, sometimes as the design of the wagon or the equipment used to load or unload it did not allow the easy fitting of vacuum brakes. Many un-fitted wagons, both BR-built and earlier were fitted with either vacuum brakes or through pipes from the 1950s.

 

From the 1960s, BR started to build new air-braked wagons, generally larger than traditional wagons. They had pneumatic or hydraulic buffers rather than the traditional sprung ones and roller bearings on the axles rather than traditional 'white metal' plain bearings which were prone to overheating, especially if run non-stop for long distances at any speed. Locomotives, coaches and wagons built from about the 1970s were fitted with air brakes only and earlier vehicles were sometimes converted to both braking types or had a through air pipe added as air brakes became the standard. Air brakes are virtually the only braking type in use today on mainline goods and passenger trains.

 

 

Brake Codes

 

Code

Description

A

Air braked

B

Air braked with through pipe

F

Vacuum braked with Accelerated Freight Inshot (AFI)

G

Vacuum braked with AFI and through air pipe

H

Dual air and vacuum brake with vacuum AFI

O

Unfitted vehicle (no automatic brake)

P

Unfitted vehicle with through vacuum pipe

Q

Unfitted vehicle with through air pipe

R

Unfitted vehicle with through air and vacuum pipes

V

Vacuum braked

W

Vacuum braked, air piped

X

Dual air and vacuum braked

 

 

 

TOPS Code Examples - Revenue Wagons

 

Code

Load (Tonnes)

Description

BAA

77.5 to 78.5

Bogie steel 40 feet long

BAB

77.5

Bogie steel 40 feet long

BBA

73.5 to 75.5

Bogie steel 50 feet long

BCO, BCV

30.5

Bogie bolster 'C'

BDA, BDO, BDV

42.5 to 58

Bogie bolster 'D'

BEV

32.5

Bogie bolster 'E'

BHV

30.5

Bogie bolster 'H'

BKA, BKB

75.5

Bogie steel - kinky beam

BPA, BPO, BPV

42.5 to 58.5

'Boplate' 'E'

BQV

30.5

Bogie bolster 'Q'

BRA, BRP, BRV

51

'Borail'

BTV

30.5

Bogie bolster 'T'

CAO, CAP, CAR

not for loading

Traffic brake van (mainly 20 tonnes)

CBA

31

Covered hopper

CCO, CCP, CCV

24 to 25

Covered sand hopper

CDA

?

Covered china clay hopper

CGO, CGP, CGV

20.5

Covered grain hopper

CHO, CHP, CHV

24.5

Covered hopper

CPV, CPW

17.5 to 22.5

'Presflo' hopper

CQV

20.5

'Prestwin' hopper

CSA, CSV

21.5

Ash hopper

CXV

7 to 11

Gunpowder van

CZO

17.5

Alumina

CZP, CZV

23.5

Sugar

FBB

25.5

'Conflat' 'AB'

FEV

42.5

'Conflat' 'E'

FFA

52 to 62

'Freightliner' inner

FGA, FGB

52 to 62

'Freightliner' outer

FHA

49 to 63

'Lowliner'

FIX

20.5

'Carfit' 'C' RIV standard

FJA, FJB

52

Skeletal 60 feet, ex Freightliner

FLV

14

'Conflat' 'L'

FMA

42

Freight flat, timber floor

FPB

22.5 to 31.5

'Conflat'

FSV

2.5

'Conflat' ISO

FVV, FVW, FVX

10

'Carflat', including motor car flat

FWV

42.5

'Boflat'

FZA

10

'Lowliner'

HAA

32.5

Merry-Go-Round (MGR) hopper

HBA

32.5 to 38

Mineral hopper

HCO, HCP

20.5

Coke hopper, 45 mph when empty

HDA

32.5

Coal hopper, 60 mph when empty

HEA

32.5

Mineral hopper

HJO, HJV

26

Ironstone hopper

HKV

33.5

Ironstone hopper

HSO

13

Coal hopper 'S'

HTO, HTP, HTV

21.5 to 25

Coal hopper 'XX'

HUO

24.5 to 25

Coal hopper 'XXV'

ICA, ICB

20 to 50 +

Ferry wagon. Tank, 2 axle or bogie

ICP

30 to 39

Ferry wagon. Tank, 2 axle

ICQ, ICR

20 to 29

Ferry wagon. Tank, 2 axle

ICW

30 to 39

Ferry wagon. Tank, 2 axle

ICX

20 to 50 +

Ferry wagon. Tank, 2 axle or bogie

IFB

15 to 28.5

Ferry wagon. Flat

IFR

21 to 45.5

Ferry wagon. Flat

IFX

27 to 27.5

Ferry wagon. Flat

IIB, IIX

13 to 25.6

Ferry wagon. Refrigerated van

ILB

21.5 to 26

Ferry wagon. Large van

ILX

24.5 to 26

Ferry wagon. Large van

IMB

2 to 27

Ferry wagon. Medium van

IMX

19 to 26

Ferry wagon. Medium van

INX

7

Ferry wagon. Small luggage van

IOB

27.5 to 29.5

Ferry wagon. Open high

IPB

10 to 110

Ferry wagon. Privately owned vehicle

IPX

10 to 30

Ferry wagon. Privately owned vehicle

ISB

23

Ferry wagon. Small van

ISX

20 to 23

Ferry wagon. Small van

ITX

25 to 29

Ferry wagon. ‘Transfesa’ flat or van

IXB

33 to 60

Ferry wagon. Special bogie plate or well

JAV

42.5

Bogie strip coil

JEV

44.5

Bogie strip coil 'E' with nylon hood, ex Warflat

JGV

44.5

Bogie strip coil 'G' with nylon hood, ex Warflat

JIX

53.5

Bogie strip coil (RIV) with nylon hood

JKX

61

Bogie strip coil 'K' with nylon hood

JMV

42.5

Bogie strip coil 'M', ex bogie bolster 'D'

JPV

32.5

Bogie strip coil 'P', ex bogie bolster 'E'

JRV

32.5

Bogie strip coil 'R', ex bogie bolster 'E'

JTV

61

Bogie strip coil 'T' with nylon hood, ex slab

JUV

32.5

Bogie hot rolled coil 'U', ex bogie bolster 'E'

JVV

61

Bogie strip coil 'V' with nylon hood

JYV

42.5

Bogie strip hot coil, ex bogie bolster 'D'

JZV

46

Bogie slab coil

KAV

21.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'A' with nylon hood, ex mineral

KBV

24.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'B' with nylon hood

KCO

24.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'C', ex pig iron

KDV

24.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'D', ex plate

KEV

21

Four wheel steel strip coil 'E', ex plate

KGO

30.5

Four wheel steel pig coil, ex pig iron

KJO

24.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'J', ex tippler

KLV

22.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'L', ex Shochood 'B'

KNO

13

Four wheel steel strip coil, ex single bolster

KRV

24.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'R', ex plate

KSV

13

Four wheel steel strip coil 'S', ex High

KTA

31.5

Four wheel steel strip coil 'T'

KYV

13

Four wheel steel Hybar coil, ex Hybar

MAA

?

Mineral, box body, no doors, ex-HAA

MCO, MCV

16.5

Mineral, side and end doors, fitted ones with clasp brakes

MDO, MDV

21.5 to 25

Mineral, side doors (mostly), some with end doors

MEA

46

Mineral, box body, no doors, ex-HEA

MEO

24.5

Mineral, side and end doors

MFA

32.4

Ballast, ex-HBA or HEA

MFA

32.5

Mineral, ferrous scrap

MSO, MSV

26.5 to 27.5

Iron Ore or Sand Tippler

MTA

34.2

Ballast, ex-private owner rail tank

MTV

24

Tippler, ex-TSV private owner rail tank

MXV

16.5

Mineral, side and end doors, push brakes

OAA

31.5

Wooden bodied open, 3 side doors

OBA

30.5 to 31.5

Wooden bodied open with turnover bolsters, 4 side doors

OCA

31.5

Steel open with bolster

OHB, OHV

13

High, steel sided, some fitted ones of the Hybar type

OIX

26.5

Tube, Continental standard

OJX

21.5

High, ex ferry

OLV

13

Low

OOV

13

Wooden china clay open

OUV

20.5

Shochood 'B'

OWV

13

High, Hybar or Hyhood, some with wooden sides, some drop sides

RBA

not for loading

Barrier wagon, ex steel AB

RBA

not for loading

Barrier wagon, ex steel AB or tube

RBV

not for loading

Barrier wagon, ex ale pallet, banana or fish van

RBX

not for loading

Barrier wagon, ex Carfit, high van or motor car van

RFO

not for loading

Adaptor wagon for LTE stock

RFQ

not for loading

Adaptor wagon for FLT stock

RFQ

not for loading

Adaptor wagon, ex tippler

RFV

not for loading

Adaptor wagon for LTE stock

RNA

not for loading

Runner wagon, ex-HBA or HEA

RRA, RRB, RRV

not for loading

Runner wagon

RRW

not for loading

Runner wagon, ex Lowmac

RTV

not for loading

Brake tender

SAA, SAB

31.5

Four wheel steel, Steel AB

SBA

31.5

Four wheel steel, Steel ABB

SEA

30

Four wheel steel, Steel AB

SJA

?

Four wheel scrap steel box wagon

SMO

27.5

Four wheel steel, Ingot mould, ex tippler

SOV

12

Four wheel steel, Pipe

SPA

31 to 31.5

Four wheel steel, Plate / ingot

SPV

22.5

Four wheel steel, Plate

SSA

?

Four wheel scrap steel box wagon

STV

20.5 to 22.5

Four wheel steel, Tube. Some vehicles with side doors, others with drop or fixed sides

SWV

13

Four wheel steel, Twin bolster

UCV

13

Wooden china clay open, some with hoods (old code)

USV

13

Sand

UTV

17

Timber

UUV

22.5

Timber pulp, ex plate

UYV

25.5

Anhydrite

UZP

25.5

Oxide

VAB

20.5 to 30

Van, full length doors, ventilated

VBA

29.5 to 39

Van, full length doors, non-ventilated

VBB

28.5 to 29.5

Van, full length doors, non-ventilated

VCA, VCB

29 to 30

Van, centre doors, non-ventilated

VDA, VDB

25

Van, centre / end cupboard doors, non-ventilated

VEA

12

Van, 9 feet sliding doors, roller bearing fitted, ex Vanwide

VEV

12

Vanwide, 9 feet sliding doors, roller bearing fitted

VFW

12

Fish van

VGA

28

Van, full length doors, non-ventilated

VIX

14.2 to 25

Ferry van / motor car van to Continental requirements

VJX

25

Ferry van, ex VIX

VMV

12

Van / Vanwide, plain bearings, some with translucent roof

VPB

10

Palvan

VQB, VQV

22.5

Palvan

VQW

22.5

Palvan, some curtain-sided

VVB

11.5

Van-box

VVV

12

Van-box

VWV

12

Vanwide, 9 feet sliding doors, ventilated

 

 

TOPS Code Examples - Departmental Bogie Goods Wagons ('Y')

 

Common departmental wagons are often given 'fishkind' names after types of aquatic life to describe the vehicles. These names are capitalized in the following lists. Some wagons were built for departmental service, others were former revenue wagons, sometimes specially modified. Former revenue wagons have their old identities noted.

 

Code

Load (Tonnes)

Description

YAA

58

Brill - Rail / sleeper, ex-BDA

YAO

30.5 to 40.5

Dolphin - Rail / sleeper

YBA, YBB, YBQ

51

Sturgeon - Rail / sleeper

YBO

51

Sturgeon - Rail / sleeper, some fitted with four bolsters while others have guide angles and timbers

YBP

51

Sturgeon - Rail / sleeper, some fitted with guide angles and timbers

YCA

50

Halibut - bogie ballast, drop sides

YCA

52

Halibut - Bogie ballast

YCO

20.5

Pilchard - Ballast / sleeper (with drop sides)

YCV

34

Turbot - Ballast / sleeper, ex-BEV

YDA

46

Skate - Bogie skip storage

YEA

61

Porpoise - Long welded rail carrier, some with end chute

YGB

41

Seacow - Ballast hopper (side and centre chutes)

YGH

40.5

Sealion - Ballast hopper (side and centre chutes)

YGV

40.5

Walrus - Ballast hopper (side and centre chutes)

YHA

51

Whale - Ballast hopper (side and centre chutes)

YJB

-

Track layer - British Rail Engineering Limited, Cowans Sheldon, Plasser

YJO, YJW

-

Track layer - BREL

YJP

-

Track layer - BREL, Cowans Sheldon

YJV

-

Track layer - BREL, Thomas Smith, Taylor Hubbard

YJX

-

Track layer - Thomas Smith

YKA

14

Manta - Long welded rail carrier - 62 feet

YKA

14

Marlin - Long welded rail carrier - 67 feet

YLA

58

Mullet - Bogie rail, ex-BRA

YLO

35.5 to 40.5

Gane - Bogie rail

YLP

40.5

Gane - Bogie rail

YMA, YMB, YMO, YMP

51

Salmon - Bogie rail

YNB

57.5

Bogie rail, bolster

YNO

28.5 to 42.5

Bogie rail, bolster

YNO

30.5 to 51

Prawn - Bogie rail, bolster (no sides)

YNO

42.5

Shrimp - Bogie rail, bolster (with sides)

YNO

42.5

Whelk - Bogie plate (Boplate)

YNP

30.5 to 42.5

Bogie rail, bolster

YNP

30.5

Prawn - Bogie rail, bolster (no sides)

YNP

30.5

Shrimp - Bogie rail, bolster (with sides)

YNQ

42.5

Bogie rail, bolster

YNR

40.5

Bogie rail, bolster (with sides)

YNV

30.5 to 32.5

Bogie rail, bolster

YNV

30.5

Prawn - Bogie rail, bolster

YOB

12 to 45t

Travelling bogie crane - Cowans Sheldon, Plasser, Thomas Smith, Taylor Hubbard

YOP

10

Travelling bogie crane - Coles

YOR

6.5 to 10

Travelling bogie crane - Jones, Thomas Smith

YOV

5

Travelling bogie crane - Atlas, Warwell

YOW

6.5

Travelling bogie crane - Jones

YRO

20.5 to 51

Bogie stores and materials - Denparts, bogie transformer, boiler, machinery

YRP

25.5 to 51

Bogie stores and materials - Denparts, bogie transformer, boiler

YRQ

10 to 50

Bogie stores and materials - Denparts

YRR

40.5

Bogie stores and materials - Denparts, bogie transformer, boiler

YRV

8 to 51

Bogie stores and materials - Denparts, general materials vehicle (ex-Boplate), bogie transformer, boiler, machinery bogie, BREL stores

YSB, YSO, YSP, YSR, YSV

-

Crane runner

YSW

-

Shunting truck

YTV, YTX

-

Bogie brake van

YVA

-

Trolley flat, wheel wagon

YVO

-

Concrete saddle arch carrier, girder carrier, trolley flat, cripple carrier, Breakdown equipment, cable drum carrier

YVP

-

Concrete saddle arch carrier, trolley flat, cripple carrier, cable drum carrier, wheel wagon

YVQ

-

Trolley flat

YVR

-

Trolley flat, cripple carrier

YVV

-

Cripple carrier, breakdown equipment, cable drum carrier

YVW

-

Trolley flat, cripple wagon, wheel wagon

YXA

-

Test vehicle

YXO

-

Rail mounted auger, relaying equipment carrier, Research Department vehicle, tunnel platform vehicle, wiring train vehicle, gantry carrier (single line relayer)

YXP

-

Relaying equipment carrier, Research Department vehicle, trenching vehicle, viaduct inspection vehicle, gantry carrier (single line relaying)

YXR

-

Gantry carrier (single line relayer)

YXV

-

Research Department vehicle, tunnel platform vehicle, viaduct inspection unit, gantry carrier

YXW

-

Tunnel inspection unit

YYO

-

Electric project - auger (rail mounted), steel carrier, large plant carrier, ex-Weltrol, bogie bolster, Boplate

YYP

-

Electric project - auger (rail mounted), structure raising job wagon, headspan storage, runner or match, steel carrier, concrete mixer, brake van, ex-Weltrol, bogie bolster, Boplate

YYX

-

Electric project - brake van

 

 

TOPS Code Examples - Departmental Two-Axle Goods Wagons ('Z')

 

Code

Load (Tonnes)

Description

ZAA

31

Pike - ballast and sleeper (drop sides), ex-SPA

ZAO, ZAP, ZAV

13 to 13.2

Ballast and sleeper (drop sides), ex-Medium open

ZAV

22.5

Cod - ballast and sleeper (drop sides), ex-Batten

ZBA

21

Rudd - ballast and sleeper (drop sides), ex-Grampus

ZBA

24 or 15.3cu m

Carp - ballast, side and end door

ZBO, ZBP, ZBQ, ZBR, ZBV, ZBW

20.5 or 11.6cu m

Grampus - ballast, side and end door

ZBO, ZBP, ZBV

20.5 or 13.9cu m

Lamprey - ballast, side and end door

ZCA, ZCO

12

Sole - ballast and sleeper (drop sides)

ZCA

25

Sea Urchin - ballast, no doors, ex-OBA

ZCA

30

Pollock - ballast and spoil, drop sides, four wheel, but ex-BEV

ZCA

31.5

Sea Hare - ballast, drop sides, ex-SPA

ZCA

41

Sea Horse - ballast, no doors, high ends, ex-OCA

ZCO

12

Haddock - ballast and sleeper (drop sides)

ZCO

14

Minnow - ballast and sleeper (fixed sides)

ZCO

14

Ling - ballast and sleeper (drop sides)

ZCO

10

Starfish - ballast and sleeper (drop sides)

ZCO, ZCV

20.5

Tunney - ballast and sleeper (drop sides)

ZCV

19

Puffin - waste carrier, ex-Catfish

ZCV

20.5

Crab - ballast and sleeper, end doors only, ex-Lamprey

ZCV

20.5

Clam - ballast and sleeper box wagon, no doors, ex-MDO, MDV mineral and HTO, HTV coal hopper

ZCV

21.5

Tope - ballast hopper, ex-HTO, HTV coal hopper

ZCV

20 to 22.5

Plaice - ballast and sleeper (drop sides), ex-Plate

ZCV

20.5

Dace - ballast and sleeper, no doors, ex-Shochood

ZCX

25

Chub - ballast and spoil, no doors, ex-VIX

ZDA

31

Squid - general materials carrier, some with high ends, ex-OAA

ZDA

31.5

Bass - general material carrier, ex-SAA and OBA

ZDO

10 to 25

General material carrier, ex-Medium, Sand, van, Low, Conflat, Plate, Tube, mineral or coal hopper

ZDP

13 to 22

General material carrier, ex-Medium, Gunpowder, Low, Conflat, Plate, Tube

ZDV

20.5

Dace - general material carrier, ex-OUV and KLV

ZDV

13 to 33

General material carrier, ex-Medium, Sand, van, Low, Conflat, Plate, Pipe, Tube, anhydrite, ironstone, Shochood

ZDW

12

General material carrier, ex-Pipe

ZDX

22.5

General material carrier, ex-Tube

ZEO

21.5

Ballast hopper (centre chute), ex-ironstone hopper

ZEV

19.5

Catfish - ballast hopper (centre chute)

ZFA

35

Gunnel - ballast hopper, ex-PGA

ZFP

25.5

Trout - ballast hopper (centre and side chutes)

ZFV

24.5

Dogfish - ballast hopper (centre and side chutes)

ZGB

13

General material carrier, ex-High

ZGO

10 to 13.2

General material carrier, ex-High, some with drop sides

ZGP

13 to 13.2

General material carrier, ex-High

ZGV

10 to 13

General material carrier, ex-High, some with drop sides

ZGW

21.5

General material carrier, ex-runner

ZHO

16 to 27

Chief Civil Engineer spoil wagon, ex-mineral and tippler

ZHV

16.5

Chief Civil Engineer spoil wagon, ex-mineral

ZIB

36 to 75

Breakdown crane - Cowans Sheldon

ZIP

36 to 50

Breakdown crane - Cowans Sheldon, Ransome Rapier or Cravens

ZIV

45 to 75

Breakdown crane - Cowans Sheldon or Ransome Rapier

ZJV

14

Mermaid - ballast (side tipping)

ZKA

33.5

Doorand - ballast, ex-private owner rail tank and open

ZKA

33.6

Limpet - ballast and sleeper, ex-private owner oil tank and open wagon

ZKO, ZKV

26.5 to 27.5

Ballast wagon, ex-tippler

ZKV

26.5

Zander - ballast, no doors, ex-private owner rail tank then MTV open stone wagon

ZLV

20.5

Herring - ballast hopper (centre chute)

ZMV

17.5

Mackerel - ballast hopper (centre chute)

ZNO

21.5 to 22

CCE steel carrier

ZNP

20.5 to 22

CCE steel carrier

ZNV

13 to 22

CCE steel carrier

ZOB

12

Travelling crane - fixed axle - Cowans Sheldon, Taylor Hubbard

ZOO

5 to 10

Travelling crane - fixed axle - Coles, Geismar, Russell, Thomas Smith, Taylor Hubbard

ZOP

3 to 15

Travelling crane - fixed axle - Booth, Cowans Sheldon, Coles, Geismar, Thomas Smith, Taylor Hubbard

ZOR

10 to 12

Travelling crane - fixed axle - Booth, Thomas Smith, Taylor Hubbard

ZOV

30

Travelling crane - fixed axle - Cowans Sheldon

ZPO, ZPP, ZPV

-

Staff / dormitory vehicle

ZQO

7 to 12

Tool van

ZQP

12

Tool van

ZQV

10 to 20.5

Tool van

ZRA

46

Scrap metal box wagon

ZRB

10 to 11.5

General stores vehicle

ZRF

22.5

Tank, fuel oil / diesel

ZRO

7 to 25.5

Stores vehicle for concrete products / general stores. Tank for creosote, fuel oil, diesel, lubricating oil, oil storage, sludge, tar, waste oil, water

ZRP

7 to 20.5

Stores vehicle for general stores, transformers. Tank for fuel oil, waste oil, water

ZRQ

20.5

Tank for fuel oil, diesel oil, waste oil

ZRR

20.5

Stores vehicle - transformer. Tank for fuel oil, diesel oil, water

ZRV

6 to 25.5

Stores vehicle - batteries, cells, concrete products, Denparts, gas cylinders, general stores, transformers, BREL export stores. Tank vehicles - bituminous emulsion, creosote, fuel oil, diesel oil, lubricating oil, sludge, waste oil, water, weedkiller, antifreeze, de-icing fluid

ZRW

6 to 25.5

Stores vehicle - general stores, transformer. Tank vehicles - water

ZSA

-

Barrier vehicle or runner for snow blower

ZSB

-

Crane runner

ZSO

-

Crane runner, electric car runner, shunting truck

ZSP

-

Crane runner, shunting truck, train pre-heating unit

ZSQ

-

Electric car runner, shunting truck

ZSR

-

Crane runner, shunting truck

ZSV

-

Crane runner, electric car runner, loading ramp, mobile walk-way platform, shunting truck, train pre-heating vehicle, barrier (Conflat) for long welded rail train

ZSW

-

Crane runner, electric car runner, mobile walk-way platform, shunting truck

ZSX

-

Shunting truck

ZTO, ZTP, ZTQ, ZTR, ZTV

-

Brake van

ZUP, ZUV, ZUW

-

Brake van with ballast plough

ZVA

20 to 25

Wheel wagon, ex-OBA

ZVO

13 to 25

Trolley flat, steel carrier, signal equipment carrier, breakdown equipment carrier, weights truck, cable drum carrier, wheel wagon

ZVP

14 to 25

Trolley flat, cripple carrier, breakdown equipment carrier, weights truck, cable drum carrier, wheel wagon

ZVQ

20.5 to 21

Trolley flat

ZVR

20 to 25

Trolley flat, cripple carrier

ZVV

11 to 25.5

Trolley flat, steel carrier, cripple carrier, signal material carrier, breakdown material carrier, weedkilling vehicle, weighing machine wagon, weights truck, cable drum carrier, wheel wagon, wheel wagon with crane

ZVW

12 to 25

Trolley flat, cripple carrier, breakdown equipment carrier, weights truck

ZVX

20

CCE equipment carrier, bogie wheel carrier

ZWA

-

Self-propelled snow blower

ZWB, ZWP, ZWV

-

Self-propelled ballast cleaner

ZXA

-

Generator coach, rail crane winch wagon, roller wagon for rail crane winch, Research Department vehicle

ZXB

-

Tunnel platform vehicle, Research Department vehicle

ZXO

-

Bridge gauging vehicle, generator vehicle, paint spraying vehicle, rail crane winch wagon, relaying equipment carrier, roller wagon for rail winch wagon, trenching vehicle, tunnel platform vehicle, wiring train vehicle, Research Department vehicle, viaduct inspection ancillary vehicle, brake van for viaduct inspection train, brake van working with crane

ZXP

-

Ballast cleaning machine equipment, rail crane winch wagon, relaying equipment carrier, trenching vehicle, tunnel platform vehicle, wiring train vehicle, refuse skip carrier, Research Department vehicle

ZXQ

-

Bridge gauge vehicle, relaying equipment carrier

ZXR

-

Relaying equipment carrier, brake van working with cranes or ballast cleaners

ZXV

-

Ballast cleaning machine equipment, bridge gauge vehicle, electric charging plant van, emergency control unit vehicle, fire engine vehicle, generator vehicle, paint spraying vehicle, rail crane winch wagon, relaying equipment carrier, roller wagon for rail crane winch wagon, tunnel platform vehicle, wiring train vehicle, Research Department vehicle, viaduct inspection ancillary vehicle, brake vans working with tunnel inspection unit, brake vans working with cranes

ZXW

-

Relaying equipment carrier, viaduct or overhead inspection vehicle, brake van working with crane

ZXX

-

Relaying equipment carrier, Research Department vehicle

ZYO

-

Electrification project - concreting auxillary, generator vehicle, grouting wagon, steel carrier - crane match wagon

ZYP

-

Electrification project - cable drum carrier, concreting auxillary, excavation grab, grouting wagon, steel carrier, water tank, brake van, match wagon to crane

ZYR

-

Electrification project - Lowmac, single bolster, match wagon to crane

ZYV

-

Electrification project - cement van, concrete track mixer, concreting auxillary, excavation grab, generator carrier, goods van (general), tunnel platform vehicle, tunnel trestle

ZYV, ZYW

-

Travelling crane - brake van, match wagon

ZYX

-

Electrification project - cable drum carrier, generator carrier, tunnel platform vehicle, staff van

ZZB

-

Mobile power, load bank (former class 84 AC electric locomotive), crane - travelling (diesel)

ZZO

-

Generator - static for train pre-heating (ex-locomotive), snowplough tender, track relaying crane, crane - travelling - diesel, crane - travelling - manual, crane - travelling - steam

ZZP

-

Generator - static for train pre-heating (ex-locomotive), independent snowplough, steam breakdown crane, track relaying crane, crane - travelling - diesel, crane - travelling - manual

ZZR

-

Crane - travelling - diesel

ZZV

-

Independent snowplough, snowplough tender, crane - breakdown - diesel, crane - breakdown - steam, track relaying crane, crane - travelling - diesel, class 24 diesel service locomotive

 

 

Bibliography

 

Rolling Stock Recognition: 1 Coaching Stock by Colin J. Marsden - Ian Allan (1987)

Rolling Stock Recognition: 2 BR and Private Owner Wagons

by Colin J. Marsden - Ian Allan (1984)

Rolling Stock Recognition: 3 Departmental Stock by Colin J. Marsden - Ian Allan (1984)

 

JT


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2006
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