LMS 730866 Goods Brake Van

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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 730866 Goods Brake Van
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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Brake Van 730866 at Bewdley (2015)
Built By LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Derby
Status Operational
Number 730866
Other Numbers DM 730866
Built 1940
Diagram D2036
Lot 1278
Type 20T Brake Van
Brakes Through piped
1990 Entered preservation on SVRSevern Valley Railway

Goods Wagons

730866 is an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 20 ton Brake Van. It is 24ft long with a 16ft wheelbase, and is one of 2,653 similar vehicles built between 1933 and 1947. It is not fitted with a vacuum brake, but has a through vacuum pipe for working with other fitted vehicles.[1]


730866 was built at Derby in 1940 as Lot 1278 to Diagram D2036.[2]. It also saw DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use, having carried the number DM 760866. Its working life ended at Radyr in south Wales. [1]


Owning group the 2857 Society decided to purchase an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Brake Van and inspected a number before identifying 730866 as an example in good condition. It was purchased from BRBritish Rail or British Railways for £800 and moved from Radyr by rail to the C&WCarriage & Wagon Maintenance shops at Cathays, near Cardiff. From there it was transported by road to the SVRSevern Valley Railway, arriving at Kidderminster on 17 February 1990.[3]

After arrival, 730866 was restored and repainted in LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway brown livery. It saw use in the SVRSevern Valley Railway ‘Steam School’ during the 1990s, although this ended when it became a requirement to use a vacuum brake fitted vehicle. It remained in working order and used regularly in works trains. It has also been used to give brake van rides at galas and special events.

It also spent some time in The Engine House in BRBritish Rail or British Railways(M) livery.[4]

In 2018 it was unfortunately 'red carded' for unsafe running boards before the Goods Gala on 2-3 June, where it was due to form part of the demonstration goods train hauled by 2857 to celebrate the locomotive's 100th anniversary. This inevitably turned in to a bigger job with the Wagon Department repairing handrail fixing points, the veranda floors and the step boards. The wagon also was repainted back into LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway condition.[5]

See also

List of goods wagons
Other items formerly on display in The Engine House


  1. 1.0 1.1 2857.org.uk
  2. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 95 and 2857.org.uk (SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book and RHR Wagon Survey state 17 March)
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 205, p.40
  5. SVR Wagons, National Preservation website, 19 August 2018 (Retrieved 31 December 2018)