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"Aim sorry, sir. May be I was clumsy, but I wooldnae bin beaten by yoong tricksy van."
— Douglas to Sir Topham Hatt, The Twin Engines

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The Spiteful Brake Van
  • Number: 13 (Railway Series Only)
  • Class: NE/BR 20 Ton Brake Van
  • Builder: North Eastern Railway/British Railways
  • Built: 1929
  • Gauge: 4ft 8 1⁄2in (1,435mm)
  • Scrapped: 1959

The Spiteful Brake Van was a troublesome brake van, who was subsequently crushed into pieces by Douglas.

Bio

The brake van took an instant dislike to Douglas and purposely delayed his trains. This wasn't until Donald bumped him violently to teach him a lesson.

After Donald ran into the Tidmouth signalbox, James was saddled with the brake van, who continued his old tricks. Douglas, as a result, had to help James up Gordon's Hill. James was short of steam, and the brake van was soon squeezed between both the troublesome trucks and Douglas. By Douglas' force, he subsequently crushed the brake van into pieces. He was never rebuilt after that and was scrapped.

Ever since then, the troublesome trucks have not forgotten the brake van incident, and they do not dare play tricks on neither Donald or Douglas. It had been an accident really, but no one told the trucks that, and the trucks thought that Douglas smashed him on purpose. Because of this, Donald and Douglas have transformed goods traffic on the main line quite easily.

Persona

Like the troublesome trucks, and as his name implies, the Spiteful Brake Van was rude and disrespectful to the engines, especially Donald and Douglas, and incredibly impolite.

Basis

The Spiteful Brake Van was an NE 20 ton brake van in the Railway Series. In the television series, he was a BR 20 ton brake van. His ERTL model depicts him as an SR 25 ton "Pillbox" brake van.

Livery

In the Railway Series, the Spiteful Brake Van was painted grey. He also had the letters NW, 13 and 20T painted on his sides in white. In the Railway Series pop-up book, James the Red Engine and the Troublesome Trucks, he does not have the letters painted on him, implying his original livery. In the television series, he is painted in a mixed livery of grey and brown.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Magazine stories

Annuals

Voice Actors

Quotes

"Ye're a muckle nuisance," said Donald one day. "It's tae leave ye behind I'd be wantin'."
"You can't," said the van, "I'm essential."
"Och are ye?" Donald burst out. "Ye're naethin' but a screechin' an' a noise when a's said an' done. Spite Douggie wad ye? Tak that."
"Oh! Oh! Oh!" cried the van.
"Haud yer wheesht," said Donald severely. "There's mair comin' syne ye misbehave."

- A conversation between Donald and the Spiteful Brake Van, Break Van

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

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Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS.C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU.L.P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful Brake VanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksChina Clay trucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe 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 CoachesPlant VansFuel TankersOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe 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

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