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Vans

Vans were not at all glamorous vehicles but had a very important role to play in the transportation of goods around the country, especially goods that needed to be kept dry. The following pictures are of Southern Railway PLVs which were re-classified PMVs after nationalisation.
 
Vans DS70156 a Staff & Tool van previously 2225, built in March 1935 and altered in Nov 1962. Livery is believed to be olive green.

photograph by John Lewis

 
S1951S was built in November 1938. It is seen here in traffic at Clapham Junction on 3 November 1972.

photograph by John Lewis

Vans
 
Vans S1317S was built in 1939 and was one of the last to be built with even planking. It is seen here in traffic in the 1970s at Clapham Junction.

photograph by John Lewis

 
Quite a way from home! PMV S1872S at Hereford in August 1972. This was an example of Lot 1092 built in 1940, with some uneven planking.

photograph by John Lewis

Vans
 
Vans This van is an example of a van built on Order L1191 which featured 6½ in planking - except for a narrow plank half way up the bodyside, and reinforced strapping on the ends and vertical centreline of the bodyside. 083240 had started life as 2138 in November 1942, became DS147 in 1954 and 083240 in 1976. It was then used as a Stores Van by the Signals & Telegraph Department. Photographed at Hastings c.1989.

photograph by John Lewis

 
This is a photograph of an anonymous example of Order L1191 with the one narrow plank and reinforced strapping. Possibly at Bletchley in the 1970s.

photograph by John Lewis

Vans
 
Vans This van, PMV 1545, was built in 1947 and is seen here in the 1970s at Clapham Junction.

photograph by John Lewis

 
An example of the BR built PMVs with plywood sides, S1655 was built in 1950. Seen at Clapham Junction in the 1970s

photograph by John Lewis

Vans
 
Vans PMV 1455 was an example of the PMVs fitted with air brakes and electric wiring for use on Central Section diesel hauled trains with electric heating. Photographed at Battersea c.1977, this van was built at Wolverton in 1951.

photograph by John Lewis

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