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LNWR Full Brake

The LNWR Full Brake Van

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J R Fairman - The LNWR Van on duty, Easter Monday

On page 43 of our 1978 Stock Book it is stated that very little is known about this vehicle ... so our C & W Chairman, John Parsons has sent this information.

About 250 of this design of 30ft 1in long full brake vans were built by the LNWR between 1890 and 1898 and 95 survived to the LMS renumbering in 1933. The last one in capital stock was 33888 which was withdrawn in October, 1952. Several were converted to C & W Stores Vans of which 279902 and 279960, both built in 1892, and 279982 remained in service until the late 1960's. Quite frequently they were seen on the main line and on one notable occasion, about 1960, one of them graced the front of the 6/06 Euston to Northampton local! This must have been one of the rare examples when a service vehicle has been marshalled in a regular passenger train.

Our passenger brake van, 279982, was built in 1891 at Wolverton works to the LNWR passenger coach profile, 8ft wide and with a low arc roof. Many photographs of North Western trains at the turn of the century show one of these vans next to the locomotive. 279982 is the sole remaining vehicle and was first noted as a preservation candidate in May 1973. After waiting for two years for it to be offered for sale I asked British Rail Board Sales Department if I could purchase it. They told me it had been condemned in the 1960's! After a few more letters I convinced them it was still in existence at Wolverton and on a visit to the works in September 1975 I asked our friend, Jack Godfrey, if he had heard from Derby. 'Yes', was the reply, but 'Where is it?' So we showed him and soon we were told it was fit to travel to Bletchley. In March 1976 the vintage LNWR van made what will probably be its last journey on the Premier Line having been purchased by the GCR Coach Group in November of the previous year.

It arrived at Quainton in April 1976 and worked on our first vacuum fitted train at Easter 1976, only ten days after its delivery. The Society bought the van from the GCR Group in July 1976 and it has been in use on every Open Day for the past two years - truly an excellent tail piece.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 36+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The LNWR Full Brake Van - Quainton News No. 35 - Summer 1978

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