Offering for sale an alternative example of a Wrenn “N.E.” 4 Wheeled Guards Van model reference number W5031. This model was introduced by Wrenn in 1974 and production continued for a period of three years until 1977. The van is finished in grey with white logo and running number 128105.
The item is complete with original period three box, inner yellow sleeve and packaging. Wrenn also produced alternative models too during the same period primary difference colourway and running numbers.
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.