The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Brake Vans are a type of goods brake van.
These are 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.
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These brake vans are commonly seen on the back of goods and freight trains. It has also been used for The Mail Train a few times.
A brake van was once used for Stanley's train of flatbeds. According a spooky story told Salty, the train mysteriously uncoupled itself from their engine on a hill and, to this day, the train roams the island whistling and wailing, looking for an engine to couple up to.
These brake vans are based on the narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway vans. In the television series, they are scaled up to standard gauge (albeit still carrying narrow gauge "chopper"-type couplings and lacking buffers).
These brakevans are commonly painted grey, although a maroon variant has been seen in Season 16.
- These brake vans have "chopper"-type railway couplings.