Strange wagons at Newport

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  1. andypops

    andypops Member

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    Hi,

    Having just passed Newport Alexandra Docks yard, and I spotted a strange rake of wagons. These are in the curved (south) sidings visible travelling towards Cardiff, on a line next to the old abandoned wagons.

    I do not have a photo, but the outer wagon looked a lot like a ballast generator / outer wagon, without a hopper in place. The remainder of the rake which was viisible looked like ballast - non-generator wagons, again without hoppers. Just looked like railtrack-white painted flats!

    I believe that these are in frequent use, as I spotted a FRED on the outer wagon.

    Anyone have an idea what these are?

    Andy
     
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    Like this and this?

    If so, they're Network Rail autoballaster wagons used for reballasting operations.
     
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  5. andypops

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    Thanks for your replies

    It was a continuous rail welding vehicle, as HHF suggested. They do look similar to hopper-less autoballasters from a distance though!

    All the best,


    Andy
     
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