Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /storage/content/39/1007239/ on line 30 COV AB 46t Vans Pack 01

This Train Simulator expansion features some of the earliest long wheel base air braked general merchandise covered vans to be built by British Rail as they began to develop high capacity wagons with higher operating speeds to attempt to modernise freight services during the 1960s as a reaction to changing goods handling techniques and increasing road competition.

Looking at the very earliest development of long wheelbase vans, this pack features the wagons built to dia. 1/248 at Ashford works in 1969 with air brakes and through vacuum pipes. The wagons rode on double link suspension, had a gross load of 45T, a maximum speed of 60 mph and were described using the COV AB telegraphic code. Mysteriously twenty of the wagons were built with a traditional hooded ventilators on the end.


Into the 1960’s British Railways mainly provided 12T vehicles for the covered carriage of general merchandise, the exception being those vans intended to work on the train ferry services to Europe. While nearly all these vehicles were fitted with continuous train brakes, they were vacuum braked & in conjunction with their short wheelbase of 10ft, this limited them to running at 45mph.

In the mid-1960’s British Rail started to make the move towards using air brakes and after Merry Go Round coal hoppers and container flats had been successfully introduced, attention was turned towards providing new vans. A few experimental designs were tried out before a definitive production design appeared.

Ashford Works began delivering these new production series vans from the middle of 1969 to Diagram 1/248. These vehicles were a major step forward from the vacuum braked fleet, with a carrying capacity of 29T and 2 sliding doors of nearly 16ft long each. With a 20ft 9in wheelbase and Double Link suspension, they could run at 60 mph maximum with a Gross Load of 45T, or could reach 75 mph if the load was reduced to 35T Gross. They were fitted with Air-brakes that operated on wheel mounted discs and also had a through Vacuum pipe, to allow them to run with existing freight stock.

The 209 vehicles that formed Lot 3685 were given the Telegraphic Code COV AB and were delivered in Freight Brown livery with the corporate BR Double Arrow. A yellow disc with the letters ABN in black was also applied to denote they were intended to be used on the Air Braked Network, which was a precursor to the more familiar Speedlink network of the late 1970’s & 1980’s. For some unknown reason, 20 of these vans were fitted with end ventilators.

When TOPS coding was introduced, the vans with end vents (200100 - 200119) were coded as VAB, the remainder (200000 - 200099 & 200120 - 200208) were to be VBB. Some depots misapplied the codes, so some of the vehicles without vents appeared with the incorrect VAB code, though the correct code was applied at a later date.


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.

The COV AB 46t Vans Wagon Pack 01 for Train Simulator features:

  • Freight Brown, Maroon and Railfreight Flame Red & Grey liveries (with livery-correct auto-numbering) 
  • Clean and weathered variations
  • Physics to recreate loaded as well as empty versions.
  • Intelligent oil tail lamps (Mk1 Battery flashing lamps on the weathered Railfreight livery)
  • Dynamically assigned works plate details, dependant on vehicle number
  • 4 random options of lettering applicable to each variation

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.

Click here to view the COV AB 46t Vans Pack 01 Manual


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.

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