LMS 31420 Gangwayed Full Brake

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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 31420 Gangwayed Full Brake
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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Gangwayed Brake 31420
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Wolverton
Status Static use
Number 31420
Other numbers M31420M, XDB977023
Built 1950
Designed By IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951
Diagram 2171
Lot 1588
Type BG
Length 50ft 1in
Weight 25T
Seats None
1992 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway


LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Passenger Brake 31420 is type of 50ft brake vehicle, contemporary with the porthole stock, which was developed from the shorter ‘Stove-R’ type vehicle and could take a 12 ton load. It featured flush sides, unlike the earlier pre-War stock which had beaded panels.


31420 was built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at Wolverton in 1950 to LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Diagram 2171, lot 1588.[1] It later carried the BRBritish Rail or British Railways number M31420M.[2] After main line service ended in 1981, 31420 was used as a stationery stores vehicle at the BRBritish Rail or British Railways printing works at Crewe, where it was given the departmental number XDB 977023[3].


It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway from Stonebridge Park, North London on 29 October 1992, initially intended as a source of bogie spares.[4] However it has remained intact, being mainly used as a components store at Kidderminster Carriage Works. Unlike the other SVRSevern Valley Railway's other LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway-designed but BRBritish Rail or British Railways-built carriages, 31420 was in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crimson and Cream livery which it would have carried when entering service until a repaint in March 2017.

See also

List of carriages


  1. Jenkinson & Essery (1977) p. 174.
  2. Longworth (2019) pp.313-314.
  3. Longworth (2019) p.466.
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition