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The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Brake Vans are a type of goods brake van.

These brake vans are added to the back of a goods train and a guard operates them. 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 to a spooky story told by 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.

Rocky, once had to lift one of these brake vans back onto the rails, before being quickly shunted away by James.


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 brake vans are commonly painted grey, although a maroon variant has been seen in Series 16. A dark green one was also seen in Tale of the Brave.


  • These brake vans have "chopper"-type railway couplings.