1942 MoD Goods Brake Van

Supporting an authentic 1940s military freight train

Providing materials to restore a 1942 MoD Goods Brake Van 

Following the successful restoration and fundraising for two open wagons, the Wagon Restoration team have turned their attention to a 1942 MoD Goods Brake Van owned by the WSR PLC.  This brake van needs replacement tongue and grooved timber boards for the body, new roofing materials, paint and a tarpaulin.  Once again the team turned to the WSRA for funding and again the Trustees agreed to fundraise for the costs.  There were enough funds left from the first campaign to pay for the tarpaulin for the Brake Van, so the remaining funding requirement is £473.

The project includes replacement tongue and grooved timber boards for the body of the van plus materials to refurbish the roof to ensure that it is watertight.  These brake vans, commonly known as Pill Box Brakes, have the unusual 2 X wide boards , 2 X narrow boards configuration that increases the costs of machining.

The materials needed are:

20 X 105 finished T&G boards, 20 X 170 finished T&G boards, roof timbers and waterproofing, Williamsons Paint, Small tarpaulin.

The total cost is £558. However we already have £85 that was raised and not spent on the previous project for wagon tarpaulins and that will be used for the tarpaulin for this wagon.  Therefore the amount needed is £473.  All the work is being done by volunteers.  Please support this campaign to complete the freight train.

Brake as delivered to WSR 2

The 1942 Goods Brake Van as delivered to the WSR in 1983

Brake as delivered to WSR

The 1942 Goods Brake Van as delivered  in 1983

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The Goods Brake Van undergoing restoration at Washford

Supporting the Heritage of The West Somerset Railway