Stocklist - Vans - 731411


The LMS brake van at Okehampton, showing the new veranda doors and some flashy white paintwork.
Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 17/10/2015



731411 is an LMS 20 ton Goods Brake Van type ZTP, built in 1942 at Derby to diagram D2068. It is the oldest rail vehicle on the Dartmoor Railway.

We only know snippets of its operational and preservation history. There is photographic evidence of it in service on an engineer's train at Windermere in 1971, this photo on the tremendous Paul Bartlett website, taken at Peterborough in 1991 (does anyone know the purpose of the pipe to the right of the ducket?), and the Vintage Carriage Trust website reports it as being ex-East Kent Railway.

In 2015 it had some of the woodwork renewed. At the same time the opportunity was taken to fit doors, to enable it to be used for brake van rides. During 2017 it had further timber repairs, and was repainted from grey to bauxite, a livery which all the evidence suggests is more appropriate.

It is through piped, i.e. even though it doesn't have vacuum brakes itself, it can be part of a vacuum braked train. It has a brake setter valve so that the guard can break the vacuum thus applying the brakes on any fitted vehicle in the train, as well as warning the driving via the indication on his vacuum gauge. There is also a similar modification at one end for air brakes.

Owner:Dartmoor Railway Supporters' Association

Condition:Operational, sometimes part of the vacuum braked heritage rake.

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