BR 94200 General Utility Van

BR 94200 General Utility Van
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BR General Utility Van 94200 in 2016
Built By Pressed Steel
Status Static use
Number 94200
Livery BR Maroon
Other numbers W86207, W93207, S93207 95360
Built 1958
Diagram 811
Lot 30417
Type GUV
Seats None
2006 Preserved


94200 is a BR 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 (GUV) 94200 was originally numbered W86207 when built by Pressed Steel in 1958 to Diagram 811 (NJ501), Lot 30417. It had a TOPS classification of NJV, indicating that it was vacuum braked but 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 W86207 became W93207 in December 1983. In May 1986 it transferred to the Southern region[2] A rebuild for use as a containerised mail van resulted in a further renumbering as 95360 in January 1993,[3] later renumbered 94200 in September 1994.[4] This configuration included roller shutter doors, steel floors and plated over windows; the TOPS code NKA also indicating fitting with air brakes only.[5] It is equipped with commonwealth bogies.[6]

94200 in preservation

94200 and 94157 (earlier 86523) 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.[5]

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

See also


  1. SVR Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. Longworth (2013) p.220.
  3. Longworth (2013) p.237.
  4. Longworth (2013) p.232.
  5. 5.0 5.1 SVR News 155
  6. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey