Dapol O Gauge 7F-049-004 VEA VanWide Wide Door Pallet Van 230142 Army Green with Yellow Ends.
This livery was applied to vans sold to the British Army and used for stores traffic between military depots. Yellow ends were applied to enhance visibility at depots where the vans would frequently be propelled into storage sheds and bunkers.
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After the first PalVan design with its' offset side doors proved to be highly unstable in service due to uneven loading in 1962 British Railways produced a completely new design of box van with double sliding doors, giving an opening of 9 feet. Unlike the cupboard style doors of ealier vans the sliding doors could be opened and closed while the van was spotted alongside a loading dock or building door and gave access to the central portion of the van. Loads loads were now placed safely between the vans' axles, giving better weight distribution and resolving the uneven loading difficulties.
These 'VanWide' vans proved very successful, with around 2000 being built and from 1978 over 500 were refitted with updated suspension and air brakes suitable for 75mph running in Railfreight Speedlink services. It appears the last vacuum braked examples were withdrawn in the mid-1980s, many being transferred to military depots as internal user wagons, while the air braked VanWides served until 1994
The last example of the traditional era box van on the 10-foot wheelbase 17ft6in length underframe neatly links the changing railway freight scene of the green and blue diesel eras, clearly pointing the way to the large doors of the next generation of goods wagons.
A diecast chassis has been produced, providing plenty of weight and are fitted with spring buffers and coupling hook with 3-link couplings.