BR goods train brake van painted in engineering departmental grey with yellow stripe 'Dutch' livery.
The LNER introduced this design of goods train guard brake van in the late 1930s, the longer chassis wheelbase giving a much smoother ride than the previous shorter designs. The cabin length remained the same, being perfectly adequate for its' single passenger and for stowing the equipment required to be carried with the train. This design was adopted for the standard British Railways goods train brake vans built in the 1950s. By the 1980s only the BR engineering departments regularly used brake vans as 'unfitted' (no train brake) wagons had been eliminated from regular service. While only one van would be needed if special or unfitted wagons were formed in the engineering train often more than one would be used to provide a riding and mess van for staff travelling to remote work sites by train.
Railway companies all had a stock of their own vehicles for carrying goods and merchandise around their network, and also onto other companies' routes as and when required. These were integrated into British Railways at Nationalisation; some of them to be once more re liveried under sectorisation as the network was prepared to be returned to private ownership. All Peco wagons feature free running wheels in pin point axles. The ELC coupling, whilst compatible with the standard N gauge couplings, keeps a realistic distance between the vehicles and enables the PL-25 electro magnetic decoupler to be used for remote uncoupling.