Help sought to identify mystery road van… it has stumped the experts!

By Hugh Dougherty

A ROAD van body, used to house a generator for a nearby caravan on the North Channel shore, one mile north of Port Logan, in Dumfries and Galloway, has stumped experts from the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association, who said that it’s impossible to determine which company the grounded vehicle body belonged to.

The wooden body seems to be either British or Irish standard gauge and has been at the remote location for some years.

The mystery Scottish road van. HUGH DOUGHERTY

However, no one locally knows when it arrived or from where, and the nearest railway to Port Logan is at Stranraer, 12 miles to the north.

The body is complete with metal strapping and even the rails for the veranda doors, and could be from the erstwhile Wigtownshire Railway or else has been brought across the North Channel from the Belfast & County Down or Midland Railway Northern Counties Committee lines.

Brake vans, similar in end wall window detail, operated on the
3ft-gauge Ballymena & Larne line, but lacked the open end balcony of the mystery van.

Glasgow & South Western Railway Association archivist Stuart Rankin said: “We really can’t tell where the van originated from, although it seems not to be of G&SWR origin.

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