1947/48 the SAR undertook a new style of steel construction
for their latest 14 brake vans. The 8300 series of vans (8300
to 8313) were built at Islington Workshops they were designed
to replace older timber brake vans which were approaching
their end of service life.
vans had two goods compartments and working area for the
Guard, that included a seat and desk, a stove and toilet
facilities. There were also two roof mounted periscopes within
the Guards section.
finished in Regal Red with a black roof, this scheme was
simplified to Regal Red all over. Two received white painted
finish, and all the vans received AN green and yellow paint
finish and recoded to AVAY.