N Scale - Victorian Railways wooden HD van

Kit no 1042 - $30.00 includes 3D printed correct underframe, Fox Valley wheels, cast 1 peice body and decals

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During 1895-97 Newport Workshops and a number of contractors built 167 wooden ventilated box vans featuring louvered bodies.  Originally intended for perishable traffic they carried the number range U113 280 excluding no 278.  During the 1930s a conversion plan saw steel underframes and auto couplers fitted.  By the 1950s the high cost of maintenance on the wooden structure would see their number fall as a number of underframes went into the new P van explosive wagons being constructed in 1958-59.  Around this time the remaining 42 Robinson Pattern U vans were recoded HD for departmental use only and lasted well into the 1970s with the last being condemned in 1980

Photo courtesy of Rob O'Regan 

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