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BR 12 ton Ventilated Vans nos B765621, B785734 and B780153
Above: BR 12 ton ventilated van B780153 as restored
These three “Vanfits” represent the last design of traditional 12 ton capacity short-wheelbase railway van built with vacuum brakegear. They were built before longer vans, equipped with airbrakes and wide doors for loading pallets, took over in the late 1960s. The BR standard design was an amalgamation of several successful features of vans developed before WW2. Some were built with traditional planked bodies, but the three at Foxfield are all constructed with plywood bodies. They feature hinged doors similar to GWR designs, but with corrugated steel ends similar to those used by the LNER and LMS (see LMS number 500851), while the underframes are RCH standard 10'0" wheelbase designs for running at passenger train speeds, hence the branding "XP".
Above: BR 12 ton ventilated van B765621 as restored but not yet lettered, 23 June 2004
was ordered in 1952 to diagram 1/213 but probably due to continuing post-war
shortages not actually built at Darlington until 1955. It has traditional
buffers and vacuum brakes, ending its BR service in internal use as 024447
at Edge Hill CARMD. B765621 has received major roof and side repairs since
arrival at Foxfield, and the doors it now carries are from a van of planked
construction with diagonal bracing.
Below: Official BR photograph showing the appearance of diagram 1/224 when built
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