CDA china clay hopper Profile and Models

CDA china clay hopper

375011 at Fowey Docks in April 1990. ©Adrian Nicholls

British Rail built a fleet of HAA hopper wagons in the 1960s and 1970s which were designed to deliver coal to power stations without having to stop to load or unload.  A small fleet of CDA wagons were built to a similar design of the earlier HAA merry-go-round stock for use on china clay traffic in the south-west of England. These new wagons were to displace the aging fleet of wooden 'Clayhood' wagons and featured a rolling roof to protect the material inside. A later batch was produced which were converted from existing redundant HAA wagons. Some of these wagons can still be seen in use today.

Type of Vehicle

Hopper Wagons


BREL Doncaster
RFS Doncaster

Build Dates

1987 to 1989

Total Built


Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail
ECC International
DB Cargo

Main Duties

China Clay

In Service Until


Surviving Examples

Most in service