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Utility Vans

photograph by John Lewis

CCT NºM94307, built in 1959-60 at Earlestown, is seen here at Hove in blue livery with "Express Parcels" branding. Accompanying it is a 34 ton bogie ballast wagon NºDB978157 code YCV built in 1981-2.

These four wheel "Utility Vans" were called by the Southern Railway code Van U and differed from the four wheel luggage vans by having end doors. Under British Railways their code was CCT (Covered Carriage Truck).
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  • S2500
     
    NºS2500 was built in April 1933, at Ashford, to Order RSCO A636 and is an example of one of the early utility vans with even planking to the sides and the doors. Withdrawn in August 1969, it became a stores van, internal user vehicle 082981 allocated to the RSE Section Tonbridge, as seen here in Tonbridge Yard.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • 1732
     
    Nº1732 is a 1938 built example with even planking to the doors, but an uneven planked body.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • 2081
     
    Many of these vans were built by BR and Nº2081, seen here, was one built at Ashford in 1951 and photographed at Clapham Junction in the 1970s. It has plywood sides and unevenly planked doors.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
In addition to four wheel utility vans, the Southern Railway built bogie vans which had gangway connections for when in use as luggage vans attached to passenger stock.
  • DS70141
     
    This view shows a bogie luggage van at Hither Green in service use. It has been fitted with wider than usual doors and is believed to be NºDS70141, ex-2462, which is now preserved on the Bluebell Railway. Note that originally it had been equipped with gangway connectors.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • 081615
     
    This is another bogie luggage van, believed to be Nº081615, originally Nº2476. Seen at Battersea, it has also lost its gangway connectors.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • 4595
     
    The SR built Nº4595 in 1938. Seen here in the 1970s at Clapham Junction. The livery was blue.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • Scenery van
    CC99014?
    Ex SR bogie Scenery van for use by Chipmans Weedkiller train in New Cross Gate sidings. Early livery c 1981. Believed to be NºCC99014.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • Scenery van
    CC99014
    Ex SR bogie Scenery van in use by the Chipmans NoMix Weedkiller train at Clapham Junction March 1995. A clean NºCC99014, so the livery can be seen.
    Photograph by John Lewis.
  • Scenery van
    CC99015
    Ex SR bogie Scenery van in use by Chipmans NoMix Weedkiller train at Clapham Junction 1996. NºCC99015.
    Photograph by John Lewis.

Utility van used for Sir Winton Churchill's funeral train

This page was last updated 3 December 2002

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