The GWR used the telegraphic code ‘Mink’ for the majority of its general purpose vans. The code is most closely associated with the distinctive metal-bodied ‘Iron Minks’ and so it’s often forgotten that the GWR built thousands of wooden-bodied ‘Minks’ from 1892 until the 1940s.

Rapido Trains UK is delighted to add two diagrams of wooden ‘Mink’ to our growing range of rolling stock: the Diagram V14 and the Diagram V16.

GWR Box Van EP1 001 PAINTED 2
GWR 5 planks and box vans EP1 PAINTED 2

Both were introduced in 1912 and were virtually identical: the Dia. V14 had vacuum brakes whereas the V16 was unfitted. They shared the same body, underframe, ‘W’ irons, DC III brakes and axleboxes. They were both upgraded from 10t capacity to 12t in the mid-1920s. The last of the 5,506 Dia. V14 ‘Mink As’ were built in 1927; production of the Dia. V16s had ceased in 1923 and ‘only’ 2,759 were built. 

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