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Southern Railway "Van C" passenger-rated guard's brake No.442


SR Van C 442

Van C No.442, April 2003. Richard Salmon

This 4-wheeled guards brake van built in 1937, and know in later days as a "BY", was used at one time as a passenger brake van on the Bluebell. It was however substantially modified when fitted with a diesel generator some years ago, to operate with the ill-fated "hotel" which was to have been attached to the Golden Arrow, and subsequently deteriorated to the extent since that its place in our core collection was taken by the identical No.419. In July 2014 its rotting body was removed to provide an underframe for a vintage coach body, initially being used to carry (for storage) 1898-built South Eastern Railway family saloon No.172. It is interesting to note that the underframe itself is now in sufficiently poor condition, with some main beams rusted completely away, that the vehicle would never have run again without a completely rebuilt underframe in any case.

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