- the caboose of a railway train.
Origin of brake-van
First recorded in 1880–85
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Most of the coupés contain them, and they can generally be found in the baggage-wagon or under the brake-van.How to Travel
Thomas W. Knox
He shall take care to run no train without a brake-van at the rear end, and a brakesman in attendance.Minimum Gauge Railways
"De Aar," and the Africander guard flung himself out of his brake-van.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
It is composed of ten trucks and vans, and has besides a guard's brake-van fitted with a screw-down brake of the usual sort.