Brake Post Office Stowage Van
|Brake Post Office Stowage Van|
|Manufacturer||BR Wolverton & York|
|Family name||British Railways Mark 1|
|Car length||64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)|
|Width||9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)|
|Height||12 ft 9 1⁄2 in (3.90 m)|
|Maximum speed||90–100 mph (145–161 km/h)|
|Weight||34–36 tonnes (33.5–35.4 long tons; 37.5–39.7 short tons)|
|Train heating||Dual (steam & electric),
ETH 3 or 4
|Bogies||BR2 or B5|
|Braking system(s)||Vacuum or Dual (Air & Vacuum)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
A Brake Post Office Stowage Van is a type of rail vehicle built for use in a Travelling Post Office.
British Rail built nine of these vehicles between 1959 and 1968, to two similar designs, both based on the Mark 1 coach design. They were numbered in the range 80450-80458. Following the Great Train Robbery, vehicles from 80456 onwards featured a revised design with smaller windows.
In the early 1970s, British Rail introduced the TOPS classification system. Vehicles were given the TOPS code NU, followed by an A if they were air-braked, V if vacuum-braked, or an X if they had both air and vacuum brakes.
All three of the latter-build Mk1 vehicles have been preserved. Also a survivor from GWR has also made it into preservation.
|80456||NUA||1968 York||Nene Valley Railway|
|80457||NUA||1968 York||Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway|
|80458||NUA||1968 York||Great Central Railway|
|814||GWR||1940 Swindon||Didcot Railway Centre||Only exchange equipped coach with nets on both sides|