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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1998 - Donald and Douglas (does not speak)
- 1989 - Donald and the Breakaways (mentioned)
- Daisuke Gōri (Japan)
- "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