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Great Western Railway 95166 built 1915

Picture by Trevor Humbey

This van was built at Swindon and designed to carry general goods, from potatoes to engine parts. British Railways modified this particular van in the 1950s to carry bananas, and was fitted with steam heating to help ripen the fruit on its way from the docks to the market. The only visual difference from the original design is the steam heat pipes, which can be seen hanging down next to the coupling.

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