Offering for sale an alternative example of a Wrenn “BR” 4 Wheeled Guards Van model reference number W5090. This model was introduced by Wrenn CHESHUNT. This example is post Basildon Era. The van is finished in BR grey with white running number B950127.
The item is BRAND NEW NEVER RUN. The Guards Van comes complete with original period six box, inner mottled yellow sleeve and packaging.
All freight trains used to have a Goods Brake / Guard Van at the rear in which the Guard rode. His duties varied according to the type and itinerary of the train. Many goods trains contained wagons without automatic (vacuum) brakes or a through brake pipe.
The guard had to be familiar with the geography of the route and to be prepared to apply the handbrake on long descending gradients to assist the locomotive with braking; hence the need for such a heavy vehicle at the rear.