This dual fitted lwb van, originally built by BR for ferry traffic, was one of 3 owned by Jarvis Fastline when the company collapsed, and seized by DB/EWS in lieu of monies owed. Left abandoned at a rail yard in Peterborough, in a line which included vanwide 042886 and RRA 400198, it was the acquisition of the last that brought Andrew into the yard and faced with expensive craneage to recover the RRA, spread the cost by acquiring 4 other wagons. Of the 3 ferry vans, one was sold to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and cosigned there (employing Andrew's own low load trailer) while 2 travelled to Rowsley and were hauled down to Darley Dale by TH 265V 'Charlie'.
786951 is retained and was formerly part of the Chipmans weedkilling train - there are several photos of it on Flickr, being hauled by Hunslet-Barclay Class 20s, in a fixed formation between the carriage vehicles and the tankers. For this function it had an additional yellow reservoir line installed up the undeframe at one side.. As soon as possible, the contents of the VBA van will be transferred in to it and the latter departs