BR 94200 General Utility Van

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 94200 General Utility Van
BR 94200 20160921.jpg
BRBritish Rail or British Railways General Utility Van 94200 in 2016
Built By Pressed Steel
Status Static use
Number 94200
Other numbers 86207, W86207, 95360
History
Built 1958
Diagram 811
Lot 30417
Type GUV
Seats None
2006 Preserved

Carriages

86105 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 General Utility Van. These vehicles were built for use on express passenger services as well as parcels and freight trains, and were classed as Non Passenger Carrying Coaching Stock. The side doors allowed loading of containerised mail and parcels and newspapers. The GUVs were 'through piped' for use on steam heated services, although they were not themselves steam heated.[1]

94200 in service

General Utility Van (GUVGeneral Utility Van, formerly used to transport mail and parcels) 94157 was originally numbered 86523 when built by Pressed Steel in 1958. It subsequently gained a TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. classification of NJV, indicating that it was vacuum braked but fitted for electrical train heating.

It was renumbered 95360 during the 1980s, possibly to prevent confusion by clerical staff with numbers issued to Class 86 diesel locomotives. A rebuild for use as a containerised mail van resulted in a further renumbering as 94200. This configuration included roller shutter doors, steel floors and plated over windows; the TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. code NKA also indicating fitting with air brakes only.[2] It is equipped with commonwealth bogies.[3]

94200 in preservation

94200 and 94157 (earlier 86523) were declared surplus to requirements by EWSEnglish, Welsh & Scottish Railway, a rail freight company 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.[2]

The carriage has received a repaint into maroon livery since the March 2015 photograph below.

See also

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. 2.02.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 155
  3. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey

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