DB983115 at Eardington in June 2018. © via Dapol
The Catfish and Dogfish wagons were BR’s standard small ballast hopper wagons, with almost 2000 built. Measuring in with a 14ft wheelbase, they were 22ft 6in over headstocks. The Dogfish was designed to carry 24 Tons of ballast. All were fitted with vacuum brakes from new, many lasted into the 1990s while a programme to fit air-brakes to surviving Dogfish wagons was started in 2000. Despite this, the last examples types were withdrawn in 2006. Many have survived into preservation.