200 of these insulated and steam heated banana vans were built in 1935 to convey loads from Southampton docks to destinations across Britain, so were not confined to the Southern. The vans lasted into the 1960s and transfers for SR and BR liveries are supplied with the kit.
Parkside kits are well designed and easy to build into detailed and good running models.
The chassis is designed with sliding axleboxes, this allows for any distortion created during building to be corrected by the builders' preferred method, be that compensation, allowing the wheels to simply follow the rails under their own weight, or fixing the axleboxes in place once the wagon is set with all four wheels on the rail. Metal wheels and sprung buffers are supplied, along with hand and vacuum brake system details appropriate for the wagon.
These insulated box vans were built for banana traffic but were also used for other traffic when required, including as meat vans and as general traffic box vans.