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NBR Dia. n/a: LNER Dia. 32B: brake van (Kit Ref 9110)

The prototype

This kit is for the Chalmers 4-wheel brake van, designed by the NBR but introduced in 1923 after the LNER grouping. This also used the longer 18 foot body and was rated at 20 tons from new. Fitted with standard buffers and oil axleboxes (supplied with kit) both were changed over their working life with various types and reference to photographs is recommended. Twenty-four are known to have been built. Withdrawal took place from the mid 1940s with some surviving into British Railways ownership. The last were gone by 1955 after Departmental use as Ballast Brakes.

I am only able to provide the earlier standard NBR carriage buffer which is similar in appearance to that which was fitted from new. LNER axleboxes or other buffers types will need to be obtained separately.

The kit

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Brake van kit 9110 - the etch
Brake van 9110 - a model built from the kit, from the veranda end
Brake van 9110 - a model built from the kit (the other end)

Item: 9110

Price: £30.00

Plus postage and packing



The kits 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 the model. Suitable W-irons are available from MJT – for details follow this link: 2297: ‘Compensating wagon W-irons (BR plate)’.

Please click on the image below to see a larger drawing of the brake van.

Kit 9110: NBR Dia. n/a: LNER Dia. 32B: brake van

NBR Dia. n/a: LNER Dia. 32B: brake van

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More information

Further details and photographs can be found in the following books: