Rolling Stock

Bullion Van

These vehicles were converted in 1965-6 from Mark 1 BSK coaches with the aim of creating a secure vehicle with facilities for security staff to travel on the train.

The conversion was pretty radical with all but one compartment being removed, the windows were plated open and two pairs of double doors were added on each side. The corridor connections were removed from both ends to deny access if the vehicle was marshalled into a service train, something which frequently happened between Kings Cross and Newcastle in the years after conversion. The vans were pressure ventilated, dual braked, dual heated, fitted with advanced communication equipment and roof mounted periscopes.

Bullion Flat

These vehicles seem even more shrouded in secrecy than the Bullion Vans. Some sources list them as Freightliner flats with buffers and buckeye couplings and others as mark 1 underframes fitted to carry up to three containers. What is for certain is that they were created at Derby in 1971 and from modelling them they appear to be much closer to a mark 1 coach than a Freightliner flat!

The vehicles definitely relate more to coaching stock than freight stock with their drop head buckeye couplings, retractable buffers, dual braking and through ETH wiring, they even sport an emergency equipment box.

In service the flats were often photographed working in conjunction with the Bullion Vans in special services, although it can be assumed they could be marshalled within a passenger train if needs required.

CAP Brake Vans

In addition to the Bullion Carriers we have included TOPS code CAP (unfitted with through vacuum pipe) BR standard 20T brake vans to dia. 1/506. The brake vans are supplied in different versions carrying brown livery. These are subdivided into versions with smoke from the stove, clean and weathered versions and different variations of tail lamp covering, unfitted trains, fitted trains and no lamps.

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