Friday, 14 December 2012

Brake Van Variety

Fastline Simulation - HBA/HEA Coal Hoppers: Two dia 1/506 brake vans from lot 3129 wait for the next duty. Although both from the same lot time has produced some differences with the left hand van losing its vacuum through pipe and becoming unfitted with a variation in livery to reflect this. These vans will be included in our forthcoming HBA/HEA hopper wagon pack for Train Simulator 2013
Been hanging on to this little shot of the completed brake van shapes for a bit and didn't get round to posting them!

These are both from lot 3129 and built to dia 1/506 with the right hand one being as constructed with a through vacuum pipe. The van on the left has had it's vacuum pipe removed as gained (like some other vans but by no means all) a grey end when this happened to signify that it is now effectively unfitted.

Once the HBA and HEA hoppers have finished being kicked around to make them look dirty and used it will be the turn of the brake vans which are looking way too clean!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

HBA/HEA Hoppers: Brake Van first spin.

Fastline Simulation - HBA/HEA Coal Hoppers: A dia 1/506 brake van from lot 3129 takes its first spin in Train Simulator 2013.
A first peak of a much too clean and sparkly dia 1/506 brake van from lot 3129 for use in the scenarios bundled with the HBA/HEA hoppers and other future packs as required. The default LMS van was looking a bit weird bring up the rear of partially fitted and unfitted trains in the late 1970s so we felt something a little different was required.

The model, originally produced as a CAR (through air and vacuum pipes) for inclusion in the VDA pack, has had a bit of an upgrade in a couple of areas along with the removal of the air pipes and visible controls inside the van.

It's safe to say that this has possibly been one of the biggest minefields yet and there is almost a picture to prove everything. Lot 3129 should (according to the diagram book) have been built with plain bearings and spindle buffers but every picture shows them with roller bearings and hydraulic buffers, just like dia 1/507 which covered the final two lots produced by British Railways and the subject of the CAR model.

Many of the vans had their through pipes removed towards the end of their careers with a subsequent change of TOPS code from CAP to CAO and these will be produced too, once the last little issues are sorted with this model.