A former LMS 20 ton Goods Brake Van, No M730527, is seen attached to the rear of a passing up goods at Water Orton circa 1959. This ubiquitous vehicle was built to one of three different diagrams. The first, Diagram 1919, was introduced in 1935 with some six hundred and seventy vehicles being built. During 1940-41 a further five hundred and twenty-two vehicles were built to Diagram 2036. British Railways continued to build these vehicles with approximately one thousand three hundred and twenty being constructed between 1949 and 1950, these being to Diagram 2068. There were some detail differences between the three diagrams: the first diagram being fitted with shallow side look outs. These were deepened on later vehicles, increasing the width over the look outs from 8 feet 6 inches to 9 feet 0 inches. The third and final diagram built by British Railways were given deeper ballast pockets to increase the vehicle weight and a different pattern of brake gear was fitted with four shoes acting on each wheel. In addition, No 732396 to No 732470 (Diagram 2068) were fitted with automatic vacuum brakes. On fitted vehicles the buffers were packed out on wooden blocks.
Photographer James S Doubleday. Courtesy of John Turner from the 53A Models of Hull Collection.