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Many wagon types were assigned code names, the main purpose being to allow exact types to be specified quickly but accurately in operational documents and telegrams (hence they are sometimes referred to as a Telegraphic codes).
BR chose to use names with an aquatic theme for wagons used by the Civil Engineer, these being collectively known as Fishkinds. This page lists all known Fishkind names, although it will be noted that many are of animals other than fish.
Fishkind Description First Used Additional information Notes Latest
Barbel ZKV Ballast Wagon 1989 Ex MSV Iron Ore Tippler 0
Bass ZDA General Material Wagon 1982 Ex OBA/OCA 0
Bream ZEA/ZEX Runner/Spacer wagon 1984 0
Brill YAA Bogie Rail/Sleeper Wagon 1983 Ex BDA bogie-bolster 0
Carp ZBA Ballast/Spoil Wagon 1983 1 built 1983 0
Catfish ZEV Ballast Hopper 1953 0
Chubb ZCX Ballast Wagon 1988 Rebuilt from VIX Ferry Van 0
Clam ZCV Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1989 Rebuilt from HTV Coal Hoppers 0
Coalfish MHA Ballast Box Wagon 1997 Rebodied HAA Coal Hoppers (Had been used in 1994 for experimental cut-down HAA hoppers) 0
Cockle 12t Ballast Plough Brake Van 1949 0
Cod ZAV Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1983 Ex STV Tube Wagon 0
Conger YVQ Girder Wagon Set 1970 0
Crab ZBV/ZCV Ballast Wagon 1983 Modified Lamprey 0
Crayfish Side-tipping ballast wagon n/a Intended for a variant of the Mermaid, never built. 0
Dace ZDV General Material Wagon 1981 Ex Shochood 0
Dogfish ZFV Ballast Hopper 1956 0
Dolphin YAO Bogie Rail/Sleeper Wagon 1950 Low-sided bogie wagon 0
Doorand ZKA Ballast Wagon 1993 Modified Limpet 0
Eel YMA Sleeper Wagon 1987 Modified Brill 0
Egret ZCV Ballast Wagon 1992 Modified Grampus 0
Falcon JNA Bogie Box Wagon 2003 Also refers to MLAs 0
Gane YLO/YLP Bogie Rail Wagon 1949 0
Gannet 25t Ballast Hopper 1949 0
Goldfish YNB Bogie Bolster 1982 Unofficial name. Ex BLA 920000 0
Grampus ZBO/ZBV Ballast/Spoil Wagon 1951 0
Gudgeon 20t Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Gunnell ZFA Ballast Hopper 1993 Ex PGA 0
Haddock ZCO Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1950 0
Hake ZBA Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1980 Modified Grampus 0
Halibut YCA Bogie Ballast Wagon 1980 2 built in 1980 0
Heron YCV Bogie Ballast Wagon 1992 Modified Turbot 0
Herring ZLV Ballast Hopper 1950 0
Lamprey ZBO/ZBV Ballast/Spoil Wagon 1951 0
Limpet ZKA Ballast Wagon 1993 Ex PNA/POA 0
Ling ZCO Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1948 0
Lobster MXA Bogie Box Wagon 2015 0
Loriot ZXP Flatrol 1949 0
Mackerel ZMV Ballast Hopper 1951 0
Manta YKA Bogie Long-welded Rail Wagon 1971 0
Marlin YKA Bogie Long-welded Rail Wagon 1971 0
Mer-Dog ZFV Ballast Hopper ? Modified to work with Mermaids 0
Mermaid ZJV Ballast Tippler 1952 0
Minnow ZCO Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Mullet YLA Bogie Rail Wagon 1982 Ex BRA Borail 0
Mussel IOA Bogie Open Ballast Wagon 2009 Unofficial code for 31.70.5992.001-120 0
Octopus YDA Bogie Self-discharge Ballast Hopper 1992 0
Osprey YKA Bogie Track Panel Flat Wagon 2009 Ex YSA/YWA Salmon 0
Otter YEA Bogie Long-welded Rail power Wagon 1986 Code proposed but not used? 0
Oyster ZUP Ballast Plough Brake Van 1950 0
Parr YQA Borail Wagon 1986 Modified Mullet 0
Penguin Flatrol n/a Intended to rename Loriot but not implemented. 0
Perch YEA Bogie Long-welded Rail Wagon 1982 0
Pike ZAA Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1983 Ex SPA 0
Pilchard YCO Bogie Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Piranha PNA Ballast/Spoil Wagon 1998 Unofficial name for Railtrack 'green boxes' 0
Plaice ZCV Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1978 0
Pollock ZCA Ballast Wagon 1984 0
Porpoise YEA Bogie Long-welded Rail Chute Wagon 1982 0
Prawn YNO Bogie Bolster 1951 0
Red Snapper MLA Bogie Box Wagon 2008 Unofficial code for EWS 503500-503604 0
Roach ZDA Open Wagon 1991 Ex ODA. Use unconfirmed 0
Rudd ZBV Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1988 Rebuilt from HTV Coal Hoppers or Grampus 0
Salmon YMA/YFA Bogie Rail Wagon 1949 0
Sea Urchin ZCA Ballast Wagon 1991 Rebuilt OBA/SPA/VAA/VBA/VDA 0
Seacow YGB Bogie Ballast Hopper 1971 0
Seahare ZCA Ballast Wagon 1990 Rebuilt SPA 0
Seahorse ZCA Ballast Wagon 1988 Rebuilt OCA 0
Seal ZGA General Materials Wagon 1987 Ex OJA Open Wagon 0
Sealion YGH Bogie Ballast Hopper 1970 0
Shark ZUV Ballast Plough Brake Van 1951 0
Shrimp YNO Bogie Bolster (with sides) 1953 0
Skate YDA Bogie Skip Storage Wagon 1981 0
Sole ZCA/ZCO Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Squid ZDA General Materials Wagon 1988 Ex OAA 0
Starfish ZCO Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Stickleback OSA Sleeper Wagon 1995 Unofficial name 0
Stingray YGB Bogie Ballast Hopper 1991 Modified Seacow or Sealion 0
Sturgeon YBO/YBA Bogie Rail/Sleeper Wagon 1951 0
Tadpole Van / ex Banana Van ? 0
Tench YPA Bogie Rail/Sleeper Wagon 1986 Modified Sturgeon 0
Tope ZCV Ballast Wagon 1984 Ex HTV Coal Hopper 0
Trout ZFP Ballast Hopper 1948 0
Tunney ZCO/ZCV Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1949 0
Turbot YCV Bogie Ballast/Sleeper Wagon 1982 Rebuilds of BEV Bogie Bolsters 0
Walrus YGV Bogie Ballast Hopper 1952 0
Whale YHA Bogie Ballast Hopper 1966 0
Whelk YNO Boplate 1953 0
Whiting 14t Rail Wagon 1951 0
Winkle 22t Plate Wagon 1951 0
Zander ZKV Ballast Wagon 1988 Ex MTV Sand Wagon 0
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