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“You're a muckle nuisance. It's tae leave ye behind I be wantin'!
"You can't. I'm essential."
"Och, are ye? You're nothin' but a screechin' and a noise when all's said and done!”
― Donald and the spiteful brake van, Break Van, second season

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


The brake van took an instant dislike to Douglas and purposely delayed his trains, with Douglas subsequently being the one blamed. Donald, angry for how his brother was being treated, bumped the brake van violently to teach him a lesson. The van would then behave better for several days.

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.


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


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.


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 television series, he is painted in a mixed livery of grey and brown.


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His angry face, that was never featured on his model on-screen, was also used on a 5-plank Trucks in the second season episode, Percy's Predicament.

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  • In the magazine story Donald and Douglas, the Spiteful Brake Van is depicted as a standard van.
  • One of the Spiteful Brake Van's face masks would later be used on a Troublesome Truck in the episode, Percy's Predicament.
  • The van has only been named NW Brake Van in the Wooden Railway line.
  • Along with Annie and Clarabel, the Spiteful Brake Van is one of the many rolling stock characters whose basis is different in the Railway Series and television series.


"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? Take that."
"Oh! Oh! Oh!" cried the van.
"Hauld yer wheesht," said Donald severely. "There's mair comin' should ye misbehave again."

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


* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped