Category:Non Passenger Carrying Coaching Stock (NPCCS)

Non Passenger Carrying Coaching Stock (NPCCS) comprised goods vans and similar vehicles which were equipped to be included in passenger services. Typically, this would require:

  • Suspension suitable for working at higher speeds
  • A longer wheelbase and larger wheels than comparable 'goods' rated stock
  • Continuous brakes
  • Through steam-heating pipe

NPCCS was normally used for 'premium' type goods which required fast delivery. These included:

  • Coaches dedicated wholly to guard's use plus passenger luggage
  • Parcels and mails
  • Perishable goods, including fruit and dairy products
  • Motor-cars carried for individuals, rather than 'trade'.
  • Horses and other categories of livestock

GWR NPCCS vehicles were normally painted plain brown rather than the normal 'chocolate and cream' and were thus known as "brown vehicles".[1]

Classes of NPCCS found on the SVR include:

  • BG / BGP / BGZ: Brake Gangwayed coach (also known as a Full Brake) having a guard's compartment in the centre and two large areas either side for storing luggage or other goods. The suffix P indicated a Pigeon Van. The suffix Z indicates a 6-wheeled vehicle.
  • POS: Post Office Sorting Van (also known as a Travelling Post Office or 'TPO')
  • GUV: General Utility Van
  • PMVG / PMVY: Parcels and Miscellaneous Van
  • HBY: Horse Box
  • MTZ: Milk Tanker

See also


  1. Wikipedia: Coaches of the Great Western Railway


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