Bachmann Branchline 39-750 OO Gauge BR Mk.1 Post Office stowage van code POT. Post Office red livery with EWS branding.
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Travelling Post Office trains were formed with two types of special TPO vehicles, designed to ensure the secure transport of the mail and sorting while on the move. The obvious sorting vans, type POS (for Sorting) have already been produced by Bachmann, this model is of the second type, the stowage van, which was originally known by the post office as a Tender, hence the POT designation. These vans were used to store mail in bags, initially unsorted mail, but steadily replaced by sorted mail as bags were filled in the sorting vans.
The coaches had wide doorways with recesses on each side. Originally these would have accommodated the arms for dropping mail from the moving train. Using the side doors on the stowage van was preferable as the inrush of cold air would not then affect the majority of the crew in the sorting vehicles.
The introduction of this model allows model TPO trains to be formed up with an appropriate selection of vehicles comprising sorting, stowage and general service parcels vans in matching liveries.
This model is painted in the Post Office red livery, as preserved.
Era 9 1995 onwards. Matches sorting vans 39-430 & 39-435 and parcels vans 39-181 & 39-275