Grampus DB986419, built in 1956, Richard Salmon.
This is an example of a 20 Ton drop-side Ballast and Sleeper Wagon to diagram 1/572 designed by British Railways and codenamed a 'GRAMPUS'.
4,059 Grampus were built to diagram 1/572 by six different builders. DB 986419 was one of 116 similar vehicles ordered under lot No. 2886 from the Cambrian Wagon Works in 1954. It was built with handbrake only, i.e. no power brake or through pipe.
DB 986419 was originally allocated to the Western Region under the control of the Chief Operating Officer. It was purchased from Reading Wagon Repair Depot, still allocated to the Western Region, in 1987.
Note the underslung racks (to securely carry the removable end planks when not required) at each end on this wagon.
Several years ago all the Bluebell Railway's Grampus wagons were fitted with steel floors and some of the side doors were replaced.
For more general information about the BR 'Grampus' wagons, see this web page on DB991391.
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