Brake vans.
Updated March 2021

When I first started modelling in the late 70’s, there were no LBSCR wagons kits available so I had no alternative other than to scratchbuild.

Since then, I have built about 50 more, some of which are shown on this page. All are made from plasticard, with the addition of wheels, and whitemetal buffers and spring/axlebox castings. All the wagons are fully compensated, and equipped with sprung buffers.

The photo on the left shows one of the oldest of the wagons, a van built in 1979, together with one of the more recent, a D2 open, heavily disguised under a tarpaulin. On the right is a type B wagon with a machinery wagon, both loaded scratchbuilt removals containers.

Photo left shows two more scratchbuilt LBSC opens, an A and a D2. The vehicle on the left is loaded with hay - plumbers hemp glued onto a cardboard former.

On the right, another pair of wagons - the left hand wagon has just a single 'wooden' brake shoe, and the tarpaulin bar to stop sheeting sagging onto the load. The D2 on the right is loaded with sacks and crates.

The Brighton had three different liveries for its wagons during the period 1880-1921. The earliest was a pale grey with an ‘illiterate symbol’ as illustrated on the left with the D2 type wagon, loaded with clay pipes, bedded in straw. The photo, right, shows two cattle wagons with the intermediate small lettering and the later (post 1911) large lettering. Vehicles such as the pair of single bolsters, and double bolster used a much smaller lettering size to fit within the space available. The grey shade became progressively darker during the period. Some wagons had the washer plates (strapping) painted black, whereas others were plain grey.

There’s more information on scratchbuilding wagons here.
Wagons and vans