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10T cap Ballast Wagon S 27730

This wagon is no longer on the Bluebell Railway

S 27730 - Alan Elliott - 29 January 1984

Saturday 29 January, 1984, after being out-shopped following lifting to replace a side spring and repaint into BR unfitted grey (Alan Elliott)

This 10 Ton Open Goods wagon, which was built in 1928 by the Southern Railway, to a London, Brighton and South Coast Railway design, was an Isle of Wight vehicle in Southern days, 475 of this type of wagon being transferred there, and subsequently rebuilt as seen here, in 1966, as a ballast wagon for use on the electrification work on the island. It remained in service use on the IoW until purchased for preservation by the Bluebell, arriving on 25 July 1980.

Given its Island history, the Bluebell was very happy for it subsequently to be returned to the Isle of Wight, where it was restored to its original island condition by the IoW Steam Railway in their Heritage Lottery Funded Carriage & Wagon Workshop in 2007.

More details and photos can be found under "10 Ton Open Goods" on the IoWSR's web site and on its entry on the Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey.

Below: 27730 is seen in April 1994, a little while before it was donated to the IoWSR (Gerry Bixley)

S 27730 - Gerry Bixley - April 1994

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