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BR Standard 20 Ton
NER 20 Ton Brake Vans
SR 25 Ton "Pillbox"
LMS 20 Ton Brake Vans
GWR "Toads"
W&LLR Brake Vans

The brake van (also known as the guard's van) is an important part of every goods train.


A brake van is added to the back of a goods train and a guard rides in it. Each brake van is equipped with a strong brake to assist with slowing and stopping the train. From here, the guard can keep an eye on the train in case of problems, such as hot axle boxes, or trucks becoming uncoupled while running.

Technical Details


Several different types of standard gauge brake vans have been seen on the North Western Railway: BR Standard 20 Ton vans, NER 20 Ton vans, Southern Railway 25 Ton "Pillbox" vans, LMS 20 Ton vans, GWR "Toads" and narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway vans scaled up to standard gauge (albeit still carrying narrow gauge "chopper"-type couplings and lacking buffers)

On Crystal Island, only GWR "Toads" are shown to be used.


Each brake van has a specific livery:

  • The BR brake vans are painted grey, brown, blue and orange.
  • The NE brake vans are painted grey.
  • The SR brake vans are painted grey, cream and dark green.
  • The LMS brake vans are painted orange.
  • The W&LL brake vans are painted grey.