GW ‘Modernised’ Iron Mink British Railways lettering (c1940-1960s)
Iron Mink production ended in 1901 and by the late 1920s some were showing signs of deterioration around the lower wooden frames of the iron doors. To prolong the life of the vans, from c.1927 some had their doors replaced with new wooden planked doors. This appears to have been a piecemeal programme, implemented over a long period. Significant numbers of Iron Minks were withdrawn in the 1930s, but large numbers, with both types of doors survived into the 1950s.