CAR Brake Van

Dia. 1/507 was the last incarnation of the standard BR brake van, built with roller bearings and hydraulic buffers to lot 3394 at Ashford in 1963. Unfitted when built, but with a through vacuum pipe and brake valve the majority were later fitted with through air pipes to create the CAR variant. Intended to work with air braked trains many were allocated to specific pools and flows, some were in use in the late 1980s on traffic flows carrying dangerous commodities that still required a guard to travel at the rear of the train or where propelling movements were required as a part of the trains journey.

The one limiting factor of the use of a brake van as a part of a Speedlink service was the 50 mph speed limit imposed on them which could mean the higher speeds of the modern air braked wagons couldn’t be taken advantage of.

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