Monday, 12 October 2015

Clean VCA Vans

Fastline Simulation: A VCA from the first lot is seen after being recently repainted in maroon livery.

Fastline Simulation: A VCA in sparkling Railfreight flame red and grey livery stands outside of the works.
We first gave you a glimpse of the VCA vans as the header image for the September Update. Today we felt it was about time to let you have a look at the full set of clean vans. Naturally there will be some weathered examples along later.

In 1971 a new design of air braked long wheelbase van with two centrally mounted sliding doors appeared from Ashford works. These 125 wagons to lot 3764 were coded as COV CD and were painted Freight Brown with a large Double Arrow high on the left hand side. In the 2nd half of 1974, Shildon Works constructed a further 100 vans to lot 3832. It is these 2 lots of wagons that feature in this pack. After the change over to TOPS, these vans were coded as VCA, though the 2nd lot were incorrectly labelled as VBA when new (not featured in the pack). In time the first lot were repainted in Maroon livery with a boxed Double Arrow and Railfreight branding. Both lots later received Railfreight Flame Red & Grey livery.

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