Marbelup Models has just received the first test print of a VDR bogie freezer van.
A total of five VDR vans were converted from VD louvre vans between 1956 and 1962. The later ones only had a single door to the freezer compartment and one of the early vans was later converted to the single door arrangement. (Marbelup Models may produced the single door version if there is sufficient demand.)
The refrigeration equipment was removed from the vans in 1970 after which they remained in traffic as general good vans, and were written off in the 1980's.
The photo below, from Rail Heritage WA, shows a prototype VDR van.
Refer to the WAGR Wagon Pages for more information on the prototype.
A set of decals for the van will be available from Westland Models (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The expected price will be about $145 subject to exchange rate variations.
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