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Brake vans - overview

The prototypes

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.

The kits

Please click on the images below to see larger images of models built from some of the kits. Three of these show models built from test etches - the production etches will have some minor corrections.

Test model of kit 9105 - built by Jim Summers
Test model of kit 9105 - built by Jim Summers   |  click on image to close
Test model of kit 9106 - built by Ian Terrell
Test model of kit 9106 - built by Ian Terrell   |  click on image to close
Test model of kit 9107 - built by Ian Terrell
Test model of kit 9107 - built by Ian Terrell   |  click on image to close
Production model of kit 9108 - built by Ian Terrell
Production model of kit 9108 - built by Ian Terrell   |  click on image to close

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.

Please click on the images below to see larger drawings of the brake vans. The link below each image will take you to the page about that kit, with further information, the price, and a link to place your order.

NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B brake van (wide planked) (Kit Ref 9105)

NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B (wide planked)
NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B (wide planked) - Kit 9105   |  click on image to close

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NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B brake van (narrow planked) (Kit Ref 9106)

NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B (narrow planked)
NBR Dia. 21 LNER Dia. 33B (narrow planked) - Kit 9106   |  click on image to close

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NBR Dia. 69 LNER Dia. 34B brake van (Kit Ref 9107)

NBR Dia. 69 LNER DIA. 34B
NBR Dia. 69 LNER DIA. 34B - Kit 9107   |  click on image to close

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NBR Dia. 70 LNER Dia. 35B brake van (Kit Ref 9108)

NBR Dia. 70 LNER Dia. 35B
NBR Dia. 70 LNER Dia. 35B - Kit 9108   |  click on image to close

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