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Bogie Goods Brake Vans

The vacuum-braked bogie brake vans depicted on this and the next page were known colloquially as the "Queen Mary" because, apparently, of their size! I wonder if anyone told Queen Mary? In true Southern Railway frugal style, the originals were built on the underframes from scrapped ex-LBSCR coaches, though those built in later batches had new, purpose made, underframes. They are so long that they tend to look somewhat "flattened"!
 
56305 The "business end" of a Queen Mary, NºS56305. Brake vans carry three tail lights, one that shows a red aspect on the rear and one on each side that shows a red aspect to the rear and a white one forwards. By this simple means the driver of an unfitted freight could easily check that he still had the whole of his train behind him. If the white lights went missing - panic!

photograph by Ray Soper

 
This photograph of the same Brake Van shows how unusually long they were.

photograph by Ray Soper

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56305 A close-up view of the bogies fitted to these vehicles. NºS56305 was one of the later batches with a purpose-built underframe.

photograph by Ray Soper

 
Close-up of part of the underframe and the makers plate. Originally built at Ashford by the Southern Railway as 56305, the Van has now become British Railway's Van S56305.

photograph by Ray Soper

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56305 This photograph, and one below, show the same Brake Van at Sittingbourne. The white handrails made it easier to "jump aboard" after dark.

photograph by John Lewis

 
Another photograph of Bogie Goods Brake Van 56305 at Sittingbourne.

photograph by John Lewis

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