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BR Standard 20 Ton


NER 20 Ton Brake Vans



SR 25 Ton "Pillbox"



LMS 20 Ton Brake Vans




GWR "Toads"


W&LLR Brake Vans

The brake van, also known as the guard's van, guard's car or the caboose (in American narrations), is an important part of every goods train.

It carries the Guard and is equipped with a strong brake to assist with slowing and stopping the train. From here, the guard can keep an eye on the train in case of problems, such as hot axle boxes, or trucks becoming uncoupled while running.


Several different types of standard gauge brake vans have been seen on the North Western Railway: BR Standard 20 Ton vans, NER 20 Ton vans, Southern Railway 25 Ton "Pillbox" vans, LMS 20 Ton vans, GWR "Toads" and narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway vans scaled up to standard gauge (albeit still carrying narrow gauge "chopper"-type couplings and lacking buffers)


Most brake vans are painted a shade of grey, green or brown.




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See also

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS.C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU.L.P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome TrucksThe Flying KipperThe Spiteful Brake VanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrainCattle TrucksQuarry TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility VansUtility TrucksThe Breakdown TrainBrake Vans
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorThe Chinese DragonMail CoachesGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherEmily's CoachesJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachGordon's Special CoachesHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeThe Open-Topped CarriagesStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesThe Royal TrainOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyMilk WagonsSalt WagonsTar WagonsBranch Line CoachesPlank TrucksFuel TankersOil TankersCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHoppersThe TravellerSlip CoachesJudy and Jerome
The Elderly Brake VanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station Coach
Sodor China Clay Company
Bill and BenTimothyMarion
China Clay TrucksBrake VansMine Trolleys

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