We're really pleased to have welcomed a new rolling stock modeller to the team and are really excited to be announcing a new expansion for Train Simulator 2014 featuring the dia. 217 12T Vanwides.
Fastline Simulation - 12T Vanwide: An in development screenshot of a VEV coded Vanwide with roller bearings and Oleo buffers poses for scrutiny outside of the works.

British Railways continued to develop the design of short wheelbase van in an attempt to make them more suitable for evolving methods of loading and transportation requirements. The last development of these vans were the vanwides, so called due to their wider doors than the standard vans (with the exception of the Palvans) that had gone before them. The next developments for domestic traffic would be the various versions of air braked vans during the 1970s and 1980s like our previously release VDA vans.

Some 1,894 vanwides were built from 1961 through to 1963 at Wolverton and as can be expected from any type of wagon built in large numbers there are a number of variations that have come about from changes during the production run and subsequent modifications. The vans survived in service through to the early 1980s and around a quarter were subsequently refurbished and fitted with to air brakes.

This expansion will feature:

Vanwide - In as built condition with Oleo buffers and plain bearing axle-boxes.

VWV - TOPS coded original Vanwide with Oleo buffers and plain bearing axle-boxes.

VMV - TOPS coded modified version fitted with an alternative style of plain bearing axle boxes and self contained buffers.

VEV - TOPS coded modified version with roller bearing axle-boxes and Oleo buffers.

As with all Fastline Simulation expansions for Train Simulator 2014, the models will feature a range of suitable liveries, weathering variations, loaded and empty physics and tail lamp carrying versions.

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