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The covered goods van has been a feature of railway goods services for well over a century and has naturally developed over that time.

At nationalisation British Railways inherited a large fleet of short wheelbase vans capable of carrying about 12 Tons. British Railways continued this tradition and built considerable numbers of short wheelbase vans while gradually incorporating new ideas and features. In the 1960s British Rail began to develop higher capacity, long wheelbase, air braked vans as they developed their Air Braked Network, a process which saw a number of different designs produced.

This Train Simulator expansion features the third variation of air braked, long wheelbase wagon developed in 1971 by British Rail. Originally given the telegraphic code of COV CD they were then given the TOPS code of VCA.


Background

In 1971, a new design of long wheel base van appeared from Ashford Works that had the same overall dimensions as earlier air braked vans, but they were fitted with 2 centrally mounted sliding doors per side and were Air-braked only. These 125 wagons to lot 3764 were coded as COV CD and 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 changeover 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.

The VCAs seem to have been mainly used for tinplate traffic from South Wales to various Metal Box Company factories around the country and for export traffic. From the early 1980s many of the vans were transferred to departmental use or were used as the base for further wagon types, but these are outside the scope of this pack.


Features

We always like to find ways of doing things a little differently and to incorporate new features to improve the use and enjoyment of our expansions.

Sometimes we will look at enabling new features to make models operate more like the prototype and in other cases to more closely reflect other influences in the real world.

This pack is no exception and we have and features a number of 'standard' Fastline Simulation features along with some newly developed ideas which include.

  • BR Freight Brown, BR Maroon and BR Railfreight flame red & grey liveries
  • Clean and weathered textures
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics.
  • ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
  • Animated hand brakes
  • Decal switching

The pack includes a user manual with further details about the rolling stock and the customising of some of the features when using the wagons in scenarios.


Scenarios

As these expansions are being released via Steam Marketplace it is usual to not included bundled scenarios as we have in the past with our self-published expansions. However, as this product is workshop compatible we have commissioned two scenarios featuring the rolling stock included in the pack and these will be uploaded to Steam Workshop in the near future.

In the meantime you may want to search Steam Workshop to see if any scenarios have been shared by other people: Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios

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