Sonic Announce New Vanwide Wagons

Posted by Warren Bennett on

Sonic Models have today announced their next N Gauge range, the BR 12T Vanwide Ventilated Vans Triple Packs

Available to pre order now for £69.95 each
£10.00 deposit required at checkout to secure yours
Exclusively from Rails of Sheffield

The eight triple packs include seven Vanwide packs plus one VEA.

A variety of liveries to be released such BR Bauxite, BR Departmental Olive Green VQV, BR Freight Brown VEV and BR Railfreight Red/Grey. Take a look at some early sample images in this email along with the artwork.
Currently expected to arrive Q3 2024
The models features fine levels of detailing, separate etched handles and kinematic couplers in NEM pockets. Manufactured by Sonic Models.
Due to pressure from large customers BR developed a box van design with sliding doors, the Vanwide to Diagram 1/217, with standard dimensions of 17ft 6 inch length with a 10ft wheelbase. The sides were of plywood construction with flush doors that moved out slightly thus enabling them to slide down the sides, so alleviating the problem of confined locations. The end walls were made from corrugated metal sheeting. The door opening method made a door aperture of 9ft possible which aided loading of pallets by fork lift truck. It was this wider door opening that gave rise to the code name. The build was between Wolverton works and Derby works with nearly 2000 being built between 1961 - 1962.
The VEA vans were refurbished versions of the Vanwide and fitted with air brakes from 1977 to suit customers who could not handle the longer wheelbase of more modern designs of wagon. A total of 550 wagons were converted. They were used on Speedlink trains as well as military specials. A decline in MOD requirements led to most of the wagons being withdrawn in the early 1990s with just a handful finding further use in the departmental fleets. However many survived in internal use at Army bases. Several examples survive into preservation.

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