LMS 1938 Period III 31' "Stove R" Profile and Models

LMS 1938 Period III 31' "Stove R"

32975 at Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway in June 2013. ©Dave Warby

The LMS built a number of 6-wheel brake vans which contained space for carrying luggage, mails and parcels and a guard's compartment. The vans feature a completely open space inside, with a small stove provided for heating - hence why they are commonly referred to as "Stove Vans". The vans had an all steel underframe and cladding with timber framed bodywork. They lasted well into service with BR and a number were saved for preservation.

Type of Vehicle



LMS Wolverton Works

Build Dates


Wheel Configuration


Operated By

London, Midland & Scottish Railway
British Railways

Main Duties

Luggage carrier, mail transport & brake van

In Service Until

Late 1970s

Surviving Examples

Several in preservation