Definition of brake van in English:

brake van


  • A railway carriage or wagon from which the train's brakes can be controlled by the guard.

    • ‘There are two third-class compartments and a brake van for the guard and luggage.’
    • ‘The trust is also raising funds for plans to obtain new wagons and a brake van and is appealing for sponsors.’
    • ‘It's taken from the rear of the train through a window in the brake van.’
    • ‘The Network Rail team helped paint historic guards' and brake vans, enabling them to return to service much earlier than planned.’