At a glance:
|Original company:||British Railways (Southern Region)|
|Final company:||Northern Ireland Railways|
|Arrived at DCDR:||2001|
Known as ‘Walrus’ hoppers, NIR used them until 2001, even after taking delivery of six new French-built hoppers in 1992. C496’s last mainline job was on the Antrim – Bleach Green section of line when it was being relaid for reopening that year. It was then purchased by us and used by our Permanent Way team during the extension work to Inch Abbey. Today, C496 stands by ready and waiting for our next big extension project, though a bit of work is required before the hopper can be used again.