Rapido OO Gauge Wagon 918010, AA20 ‘TOAD’ No DW17244 - Chester Model Centre

Rapido OO Gauge Wagon 918010, AA20 ‘TOAD’ No DW17244



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The Great Western Railway settled upon a design of brakevan that was as recognisable as its locomotives. The first ‘van with the single ended verandah and large, enclosed body for the use of the guard appeared circa 1871 and variants based on this configuration continued to be built into the 1950s. The GWR allocated telegraphic codes to its goods vehicles and brakevans were dubbed ‘Toad’. Consequently, this name is how both railwaymen and enthusiasts referred to these vehicles. The GWR allocated diagram numbers in the ‘AA’ series to 23 versions of post-1888 built ‘Toads’.

Rapido's model depicts the ‘AA20’, which was introduced in 1934. This AA20 brake van has been designed using works drawings and includes a number of different optional parts to allow for variations within the design including different roof rain strips, different height footboards and different wheelsets. The model includes a full interior alongside a removable roof.

The requirement for brakevans ended in 1968 but that didn’t mean the end of the ‘Toads’. Many lasted into Departmental and even industrial use and a large number of ‘Toads’, including several ‘AA20s’, have been preserved.


  • Short or long rain strips
  • High or low footboards
  • Spoked or Disc wheels
  • Full interior detail
  • Removable Roof
  • UK designed
  • Finely detailed body and underframe
  • NEM pockets

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