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BR Dogfish Ballast Hopper DB 993210

British Railways - "Dogfish" Hopper Wagon
DB 993210 (built by Chas. Roberts, 1957)
Richard Salmon

DB 993210 This is an example of a 24 Ton vacuum-braked Ballast Hopper Wagon to diagram 1/587, designed by British Railways and codenamed a 'DOGFISH'.

DB 993210 is one of 161 vehicles built in 1959 under lot 2822 by Charles Roberts and Company Ltd. at their Horbury Works, near Wakefield in Yorkshire.

Please see DB 983103 for further details of this vehicle type.

It was the first of the Bluebell's "Dogfish", arriving on the Bluebell on 23rd August 1994. It was purchased to replace the Ex-LT Ballast Hoppers (HW402 and HW 433) which were of smaller capacity, which themselves moved to Isfield.

This wagon was sold to the Rother Valley Railway during 2012. This reduced our fleet of hopper wagons to three vehicles, since it is envisaged that all ballast for larger engineering projects will in the future arrive by rail rather than road.

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