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.
- Wooden Railway (as a caboose; red, yellow, musical, Halloween and Christmas/Holiday versions)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- Lionel Trains
- 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)