General Utility Van

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British Rail General Utility Van
BR Mk1 GUV.jpg
BR Mk 1 GUV in original form and standard Rail Blue livery
In service 1956–
Manufacturer BR York Works,
BR Doncaster Works,
BR Glasgow Works,
Pressed Steel Company
Family name British Railways Mark 1
Constructed 1956–1960
Number built 907
Capacity 14 tonnes (13.8 long tons; 15.4 short tons)
Operator(s) British Rail
Car length 57 ft 0 in (17.37 m)
Width 8 ft 6 34 in (2.61 m)
Height 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Maximum speed 70–100 mph (113–161 km/h), later restricted to 90 mph (145 km/h)
Weight 30 tonnes (29.5 long tons; 33.1 short tons)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

A General Utility Van (GUV) is a type of rail vehicle built by British Rail and its predecessors, which was primarily used for transporting mail and parcels. They were used by both Express Parcels Systems, the British Post Office and Railtrack. National Rail and some train operating companies still use them.

British Rail[edit]

Fleet details[edit]

Number range Previous number range TOPS code Primary use Notes
80250-80259 - NPX Post Office van Converted from 940xx range
93078-93984 86078-86984 NJ or NK Mail van -
94000-94034 85500-85534 NLX Newspaper van Converted from 86xxx range
94050-94078 - NMV Newspaper van Converted from 93xxx range
94100-94229 - NKA Mail van (high-security) Rebuilt from 93xxx, 951xx and 953xx ranges
95100-95199 - NOX Mail van (100 mph) Converted from 93xxx range
95350-95374 - NOX Mail van (100 mph) Converted from 93xxx range
95715-95763 - NOA Mail van (High-security) Rebuilt from 951xx range
96100-96195 - NX Motorail van Converted from 93xxx range
96210-96218 - NPA Motorail van (110 mph) Converted from 961xx range
96602-96609 - NVA Motorail van Rebuilt from 961xx range

Livery examples[edit]


The Southern Railway used the designation PMV (Parcels and Miscellaneous Van).[1]


  1. ^ "PMV - Parcels and Miscellaneous Van (British Southern Railway)". Retrieved 2012-03-30.