Brake vans shunted into history
The brake van, a relic of Victorian railway technology which has not been seen in active service for over thirty years, has finally been written out of railway operations. Updates to freight operating instructions have seen the requirement to provide brake vans finally removed, ending a 200-year long tradition. The rule books now officially reflect the state of operations that have been the normal standard since the introduction of continuous braking technology in the 1950s.
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