noun British.

the caboose of a railway train.

Origin of brake-van

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brake-van

Historical Examples of brake-van

  • 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.

  • "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.