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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, such as hot axle boxes, or trucks becoming uncoupled while running.
- To date, only three brakevans have been named: Beatrice, Cora, and Toad.
- Between seasons eight and fifteen, brakevans were rarely seen. Since Season 16, 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 Railway vans scaled up 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 so far are the only known brakevans to have faces. A brakevan was briefly seen with a face in the second season episode, A Close Shave. This face looks like a standard Troublesome Truck face.
- The brakevans seen from season 1 to season 5 were made out of modified Tenmille gauge 1 kits. These kits are still distributed by Tenmille today.
- In most of the merchandise ranges, the brakevans are portrayed as American cabooses.
- Wooden Railway (as a caboose; red, yellow, musical, Halloween and Christmas/Holiday versions)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- Lionel Trains (as a caboose)
- Take-Along (as a caboose; discontinued)
- Take-n-Play (as a caboose)
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (with Mail coach discontinued)
- Bachmann (HO and large scale)
- Hornby (discontinued)
- Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)