BR 94157 General Utility Van
|BR 94157 General Utility Van|
BR General Utility Van 94157
|Built By||BR St Rollox|
|Other numbers||M86523, M93523, 95157|
General Utility Van (GUV) 94157 was originally numbered 86523 when built by BR in 1958 at St Rollox. It entered service in December 1958 as part of a batch of standard GUVs shared between York and Glasgow, for which it carried the number M86523. It had a TOPS classification of NJV, 'V' indicating that it was vacuum braked and 'J' fitted for electrical train heating.
Rolling stock in the 86nnn range was renumbered under TOPS in the 1980s, possibly to prevent confusion by clerical staff with numbers issued to Class 86 electric locomotives, and M86523 became M93523 in March 1984. A rebuild for use as a containerised mail van (100 mph) resulted in a further renumbering as 95157 in June 1992, later renumbered as 94157 in September 1994. This configuration included roller shutter doors, steel floors and plated over windows; the TOPS code NKA also indicating fitting with air brakes only It is equipped with commonwealth bogies.
94157 and 94200 (earlier 86207) were declared surplus to requirements by EWS Railways at Old Oak Common in 2006. They were delivered to Kidderminster on 13 March 2006, having been acquired by SR 34027 Taw Valley owner Phil Swallow to keep parts secure during the locomotive’s overhaul.