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LNER / BR 20t Brake Van 

in 7¼" Gauge

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7¼ inch gauge LNER BR 20 ton Brake Van 

It would be very unlikely, if not unheard of, to see a goods train, or rake of wagons, without a brake van bringing up the rear. So if you already own, or are planning to build or buy, any wagons, you will obviously need one of these!

Brake vans were a fundamental part of the British goods scene from the early years. The vans provided braking to goods trains - in addition to the braking effect provided by the locomotive - but they also accommodated the train guard at the rear of the train, allowing him to better monitor things.

BR, having inherited a large number of brake vans from the earlier companies, soon commenced a building programme, at first divided between the existing LNER, LMS & GWR versions. It seems that the LNER type became the most successful, as this was chosen - with some modfications - for all batches built from 1950 on. Of a total of 5248 built by BR, 4922 were built to the ex-LNER or BR diagrams.

These LNER and BR designs included a 16ft long body, with short verandahs at each end, mounted on a 16ft wheelbase chassis with running boards were fitted to each side.


Our model although reproduced to 1.54" : 1' is more of a representation than a like for like scale replica, allowing us to produce a reliable and useable model that still looks just the part. All steel construction for the structural components, with modern engineering techniques, allow this model to be used on a garden railway or club track alike whether it is used just behind a loco or shunted in a yard, without sacrificing detail.


  • TIG & MIG welded laser cut chassis and body frame.
  • Rivet detail
  • Sprung suspension
  • Sprung buffers
  • Sprung draw hooks
  • Laser cut spring detail
  • Steel body frame for strength, with wooden panels and detail.
  • Choice of wagon numbers
  • Full 12 month warranty

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