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MR 4 Wheel 10 ton Brake Van

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7032 MR 4 Wheel 10 ton Brake Van £32.54 £39.05

O Gauge (7mm scale)

This model was produced to M.R. drawing number 753 and with suitable detailing will represent vehicles built between 1888 and 1902. First construction from 1888 to 1892 had grease axle boxes, sandboxes and only the top handrail on each side. Vehicles were then produced without the sandboxes and then the lower handrail was added to vehicles built after 1899. The final version of this vehicle, which was built in 1902, was fitted with vacuum brakes.

The Midland had experimented with a train control system for goods trains in 1907 and from 1909 onwards brake vans were fitted with tablet racks to carry their train code. Basically the system was composed of three groups of letters. The first signifying the trains departure time was based on a clock face whose numbers from 1-12 were lettered from A - M respectively (likewise with the divisions 5mins to 55mins). Afternoon departures were suffixed with the letter P Thus a train leaving at 5.40 a.m. would have the code EH and one leaving at 2.30 p.m. would have BFP. The second and third groups were arranged below the first and showed the originating and destination stations of the train usually made up of the first and last letters of the name e.g. Kettering to Nottingham would have KGNM.

Other detail changes took place from 1904 onwards when oil axle boxes replaced the earlier grease boxes, from 1907 onwards when desks were installed and from 1910 onwards when the side lamp irons were removed from the open end. All early vans were eventually fitted with the lower handrail.