Two lots were ordered to the former LMSR design as no standard design had been decided in the first few years of British Railways' existence. They were an ongoing LMSR order, as they also had Derby LMSR Order Numbers. Both Lots were constructed at Derby.
Our desire is to restore brakevan 950061 to its original livery. When it was completed 29th October 1952 in the Derby works it would have been painted bauxite. The historic composition of this paint is given below.
Our BR goods brakevan 950061 was completed 29th October 1952 in the Derby works to D2068 revised to diagram 505 20 ton AVP & guage - BR lot 2025 (62 of 125) and would have been painted bauxite. The most common brake van on the LMS was the 20 ton, 2-axle vehicle consisting of a wooden plank body on a steel underframe. Our 950061 is one such vehicle. The LMS had a large fleet comprising those absorbed from the pre-1923 companies and others built during the LMS’s own tenure. The brake van design was developed by the LMS to meet operational needs in three areas.
Our project is brake-van number 950061; at this time we have no knowledge of it's history, make or model. The roof is in serious need of repair, the paint work is shabby, and the brakes although safe for use are in need of adjustment. In particular state of disrepair is some rotten woodwork that will need replacing with new and an electrical system that must have been added sometime after the original build. A wasps nest found in the roof needs removal.