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The Spiteful Brake Van was a troublesome brake van, who was subsequently crushed into pieces by Douglas.


Thomas & Friends/The Railway Series/Stories From Sodor

The brake van took an instant dislike to Douglas and purposely delayed his trains, with Douglas subsequently being the one blamed. Donald, angry for how his brother was being treated, bumped the brake van violently to teach him a lesson. The van would then behave better for several days.

However, the van's attitude adjustment was short lived after Donald ran into the Tidmouth signalbox. He continued his old tricks when he was saddled with James. Douglas, as a result, had to help James up Gordon's Hill. James was short of steam, and the brake van was soon squeezed between both the troublesome trucks and Douglas. By Douglas' force, he subsequently crushed the brake van into pieces. He was never rebuilt after that and was scrapped.

Ever since then, the troublesome trucks have not forgotten the brake van incident, and they do not dare play tricks on neither Donald nor Douglas. It had been an accident really, but no one told the trucks that, and the trucks thought that Douglas smashed him on purpose. Because of this, Donald and Douglas have transformed goods traffic on the Main Line quite easily[1].


Like the troublesome trucks, and as his name implies, the Spiteful Brake Van was spiteful, rude and disrespectful to the engines, especially Donald and Douglas, and incredibly impolite.


The Spiteful Brake Van was based on a LNER 20 ton brake van in the Railway Series. In the television series, he was based on a BR 20 ton standard brake van. The BR van was derived from the earlier LNER van.


In the Railway Series, the Spiteful Brake Van was painted grey with the letters NW, 13 and 20T painted on his sides in white. In the television series, he was painted grey, however, he changed to brown when Douglas crushed him.


  • The Brake Van sustains a black eye due to being crushed by Douglas. This marks the first time an engine, rolling stock, or vehicle suffers physical injury to their face.
  • One of the Spiteful Brake Van's face masks would later be used on a Troublesome Truck in the Engine Friends episode, Daisy the Diesel Railcar.
  • Along with Annie and Clarabel, the Spiteful Brake Van is one of the many rolling stock characters whose basis is different in the Railway Series and television series.