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The main British Second World War wagon for carrying tanks and other vehicles was the 50-ton version of the 'Warflat' wagon. It was a development of the 45-ton design with added strengthening bars along both the top and bottom of the solebar. All were built by the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage & Wagon Company in Birmingham.
 
As with the 45-ton version, these wagons were registered by the LMS as privately owned wagons belonging to the War Department. They carried  painted numbers in the format WD-FVF-X, where 'X' was a the wagon number. WD were the initials of the War Department and FVF stood for Fighting Vehicle Flat.

 
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Manufacturer's photograph of 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon WD-FVF-315.
 
  
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British Steel Corporation's Ebbw Vale Works wagon number 1003 was a 50 ton 'Warflat' wagon. It is seen here in preservation at Blaenavon on 19th June 1994.
  

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Diagram of a 50-ton 'Warflat" wagon.
    

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A number of the 'Warflat' wagons became internal use vehicles at army depots when retired from main line use. This is ARMY 80652 photographed on 26th November 1999.
 
         
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Allied Steel & Wire's 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon BF998 with its added open body to carry scrap metal. Photographed at Allied Steel & Wire on 25th July 1997.
  

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The WD owner's plate on Allied Steel & Wire's 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon BF998. Photographed on 25th July 1997.

The plate reads 'OWNER W. D. / REGISTERED / L. M. S. 1941 / No 8'.
 

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Army internal use 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon WGF 8081. WGF stood for Wagon General Flat.
Photographed on 26th November 1999.
 

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Large numbers of wagons were sold as war surplus to the steel industry. This is British Steel's Shelton Works 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon number BB 3220 with added bolsters for carrying steel sections. Photographed on 5th June 1994.
 

         
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British Steel Corporation's Ebbw Vale Works  50 ton 'Warflat' wagon number 1003.
Photographed at Blaenavon on 19th June 1994.
 
  
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Bi-lingual (English and French) plate on British Steel Corporation's Ebbw Vale Works  50 ton 'Warflat' wagon number 1003. Photographed at Blaenavon on 19th June 1994.
 
  
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Ministry of Supply diagram of the bi-lingual plate.
 
  
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In 1961 a number of war surplus railway wagons were sold to BR, and this is one of them. Wagon number W161049 was BR type Flat WC to diagram 2/073 and was part of lot number 3416. It is seen preserved on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway on 26th September 2007.
 
  
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Army internal use 50-ton 'Warflat' wagon WGF 8094 on 26th November 1999.
  
 
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