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.

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