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QUOTE (Jerry @ 12 Sep 2008, 07:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As mentioned previously many brown painted brake vans only had a brake valve for the guard and were not themselves fitted with vacuum operated brakes. This raises the interesting point that on a fully fitted freight train the only vehicle the driver couldn't control the brakes on was the brake van!

Jerry
If you look at later ones with TOPS codes you can see that very few actually had continuous brakes but many had through pipes.

Such a vehicle could run in a fitted freight train without carrying a guard, but only if formed somewhere in the middle not at the end!
 
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