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Queen Mary brake van

  • NGK 441 to 446
  • RTR 3
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The Queen Mary Brake Van dates from 1936 when they were introduced by the Southern Railway. The name derives from the size of the van (when compared with the similarly named large ocean liner of the time).

BR Engineers’ Olive. This model has the eye-catching hazard stripes on each end. It also features both air and vacuum brakes as befits a vehicle with the TOPS code YTX. Note the correct painted solebar.

CE Engineers’ Dutch. This model features the popular sector era civil engineers livery of grey with an upper bodyside yellow band that became known as “Dutch” due to its resemblance to the livery applied to some trains in the Netherlands.

EWS. EWS retained a few Queen Mary brake vans for propelling moves along branch lines, or for occasional use elsewhere. Our version features air brakes but no sandbins and correctly has slightly different lettering on each side. This particular wagon saw service from the West of England right up to Scotland.

The models feature considerable attention to detail, from the precise hazard flashing on the ends of the Engineers’ Olive version, following each angled panel, to the separately fitted air pipe along the solebar of the EWS version which has been, correctly, picked out in white.