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Damon Cross
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Acton (LT Museum Depot)

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Details: In October 2008 I launched a new website dealing principally with railway wagons. I hadn't expected there to be much overlap between that and LTSV but here is a photo that can (and indeed does) appear on both.
Taken at the back of Acton Museum Depot on 2nd November 2008, this location is really the south end of Ealing Common depot. The two brake vans are from a batch of 6 built by BR at Ashford in 1962, using their standard, LNER-derived, design. Four survived into the 1990s, having been converted as coupling adaptors. B580 and B585 were fitted with tube stock couplers at one end each (and were painted yellow), while B583 and B584 gained surface stock couplers in 1980 and were later repainted grey with red ends. To allow the latter pair to work on the national rail network, they were given alternative TOPS numbers of LT95800 and LT95801. A pair of ex-BR brake vans was reportedly acquired in the early 1990s, taking TOPS numbers LT95802 and LT95803 (with LT numbers B586 and B587 on paper). However, the TOPS number LT95803 is currently carried by B583 seen here. Also visible on the original photograph is a paint date of 5/89 on B584. This would account for the faded condition, the LUL roundels on the side lookouts being virtually invisible. Although stored at Ruislip for many years, this pair of wagons was reportedly used in connection with removing stock from the locations of the bomb attacks in July 2005.

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RayA couple of brake vans were stabled at Neasden yesterday.Fri 02/01/2009, 08:55