Freight Van Update.
This van body is a GWR Steam Banana Van built in 1925. It is on an LMS chassis.
It would have been brown with yellow 'GW' lettering.
The walls and doors are lined with insulation, and where the window is in the end there would originally have been a louvre to allow the temperature to be controlled.
The van was steam heated, so green bananas were loaded at the docks, and with the steam heating would be yellow and ripe when they arrived at the markets.
Candles and Cake.
I have also received this additional photo from John Osborn showing that the candles did go out, Andy did cut his cake.
I hasten to add in true C&W fashion it WAS all eaten.
I hope Andy remembers to take a cake with him to the Steam Department next time he goes. After my holiday in the sun I would hate to upset the steam departments blog writer anymore.