Brake vans - overview
The distinctive style of NBR Brake Vans follows a family lineage starting with Wheatley (c1870), developed further by Drummond (c1880), Holmes (c1885) and Reid (1903-1922).
Reid was also to introduce a 6-wheel design (Dia. 36B) in 1910 which went on to be developed by Chalmers into a 4-wheel version (Dia. 32B) following the same basic dimensions which entered service with the LNER in 1923.
This range of Brake Vans covers those built first by Holmes, having two doors and two verandas but without any guard’s lookout (Dia.33B). Originally constructed with broad vertical planking and beading they were fitted with clasp brakes. They were rebuilt later with standard width narrow planking with many having single shoe-per-wheel brakes activated by push rods hanging from a vee hanger.
Reid later introduced his design, retaining the two doors each side and a veranda at each end, adding a steel plated guard’s lookout central on the body side (Dia. 34B). Some went on to be converted by the LNER into Ballast Brake Vans but having one of the verandas planked over to resemble his next design. This version had only one door and veranda per side while retaining the centrally positioned steel plated lookout (Dia.35B) and were introduced in 1905.
These kits of NBR Goods Brake Vans are in 0.3mm brass and includes white-metal castings and brass wire.
W-irons, wheels, paint and transfers will require to be purchased seperately to complete.
NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B brake van (wide planked) (Kit Ref 9105)
NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B brake van (narrow planked) (Kit Ref 9106)
NBR Dia. 69 LNER Dia. 34B brake van (Kit Ref 9107)
NBR Dia. 70 LNER Dia. 35B brake van (Kit Ref 9108)
Further details and photographs can be found in the following books:
- NBR Wagons - some design aspects : G.W.M. Sewell : ISBN 0953399508
- British Goods Wagons from 1887 to the present day : R. Essery, D. Rowland and W. Steel : ISBN 071534739X
- Wagons on the LNER - No 1 - North British : John Hooper : Irwell Press : ISBN 1871608228
- LNER Wagons : Peter Tatlow : Pendragon : ISBN 1899816054