Wooden U van, originally built in the 1880s.


U louvre van

Louvre vans were part of the Victorian Railways network since the latter part of the 19th century. Originally built with wooden louvres as the van to the right represents, later vans were built with a steel construction.

The wooden type were originally built in the 1880s, featuring all over white with black lettering and three link couplers.

In the '40s and '50s, as the four wheeled wagons were withdrawn, their underframes were supplied to the P explosives wagon building program. However, those that were still in use in the late '50s were reclassified

to HD for use as plant trucks. The model below represents the UB variation of the steel constructed wagons. Originally built as six wheeled vans, during the 1930s, many were converted to either four wheeled varieties, or, the bogie version below.

UB steel louvre van, with standard cast bogies.

Some were fitted with high speed passenger bogies, to be used as additional capacity for luggage and other items on long distance trains. These were coded UP but were later reclassified to UB.

The models are produced as an injection moulded kit with wheelsets, decals and instructions. They're fitted with additional shunter's steps and handbrake detail.