Bigmet wrote:These vans, and the many other functionally identical vehicles of all the big four and BR, could be seen all mixed up on parcels, newspaper and sundries traffic in the BR blue era, making them some of the most interesting trains running. (In addition to more of the same, throw in any of BR design BG, GUV and CCT, Gresley, Thompson, Hawksworth, Maunsell bogie BGs, Stanier 6 wheel BG, Maunsell CCT, in whatever proportions you fancy - all available RTR. There's plenty of kits for more variety too.) This specific type usually had the end gangways plated over, as this gangway type was obsolete by then. Typically they were filthy, covered in track and brake dust to an even grey brown tone, as they ran at some speed but never saw a carriage washing plant. The power on the front would be whatever was standard on the route: classes 31, 37, 40, 45 or 47 on the ECML.
Thanks bigmet - exactly the information I was after. The abbreviations took me a little time to work out and I just want to confirm I understand correctly - thank you wiki. Learnt a lot here about trucks and vans.
big four : ER Eastern Region, NER North-Eastern R~, LMR London Midland R~, ScR Scottish R~, SR Southern R~
BR : British Rail
BG : Bogey. A bogie is a chassis or framework carrying wheels, attached to a vehicle.
GUV : A General Utility Van (GUV) is a type of rail vehicle built by British Rail and its predecessors, which was primarily used for transporting mail and parcels
CCT : covered carriage truck
RTR : Ready to Run. A model railroad locomotive or train car may be labeled RTR to distinguish it from a kit that must be put together before it can be run on your layout.
ECML : The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a 393-mile (632 km) long electrified high-speed railway link between London, Peterborough, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Hope I got them all right.