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The brakevan, also known as the guard's van, guard's car, or 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.


  • To date, three brakevans have been named: Beatrice, Cora, and Toad.
  • Between seasons eight and twelve, brakevans were rarely seen. Since the CGI Series, brakevans have been seen more often.
  • Five different types of standard gauge brakevan have been seen on the Island: BR Standard 20 Ton vans, Southern Railway 25 Ton "Pillbox" vans, GWR toads, LMS 20 ton, and narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair vans converted to standard gauge (albeit still carrying narrow gauge "chopper"-type couplings and lacking buffers).
  • Toad, The Spiteful Brakevan, The Elderly Brakevan, The Old Guard's Van, Beatrice, and Cora are the only known brakevans to have faces. A brakevan was also briefly seen with a face in the second season episode, A Close Shave.



Merchandise Gallery

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS. C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU. L. P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful BrakevanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksChina Clay trucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe Breakdown TrainBrakevans
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 CoachesPlant VansFuel TankersSpecial CoachesOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe TravellerSlip Coaches
The Elderly BrakevanBennett 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

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