Brake vans.
Last updated March 2021

Here are a few examples of passenger rated vans. It seems that virtually all vehicles in this category were painted in umber (possibly lined), rather than umber and white.

The first vehicle is a butter van (D149), based on a drawing in Newbury’s 1975 book of Brighton coaches, and also shown in the more recent vol 2 of Ian White’s series on LBSCR carriages. I started this scratchbuild sometime around 1990, but got stuck cutting out the 40 or so washer plates, and their associated bolt-heads.

Some 30 years later, I hit on the idea idea of using my Silhouette cutter to do the job for me. Rather than glueing on tiny squares of plastic to represent the bolts, I pricked the back of each washer plate with a sharp point to create a small dome in the 5 thou plasticard. The photos show the half-finished body, and  the washer plates.

On the left is a Grand Vitesse van - a Microrail kit, D222. They were principally employed on the Grande Vitesse services to Newhaven, and also possibly to convey fruit and vegetables from Worthing. On the right is a passenger luggage van, D130, a Branchlines kit.

The Brighton employed two principal designs of passenger brake vans. The double ended variety (D77) pictured left is a D&S kit, and the centre ducket type (D76), right, is an early scratchbuild from 1980.

The Brighton had a number of different designs of covered carriage truck, and one of the final types, D262, is shown left, another D&S kit. A small sample of photographs suggests that these CCT’s were never in fact painted in umber and white.
Passenger rated vans