BR 12t Pallet Van

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This is an accurate model of a standard British Railways van design for carrying general merchandise on pallets. Built in 1952-61 to diagram 1/211, these vans were designed with wide doors to accommodate the pallets. The doors were offset to each end and the floors were strengthened to accommodate loading by fork lift trucks. Problems with the suspension at higher speeds led to their withdrawal from traffic in the mid-1960s, although some survived in internal use. A few also lasted into the early 1970s under private ownership by The Distillers Coy., carrying Johnie Walker whisky a short distance between two plants at Kilmarnock.

Model Details

Scale: 4mm:1ft (1:76)

Finish: Unweathered

Source: Built from Parkside Dundas kit, with added weight (Coopercraft), turned steel buffer heads (Gibson) and functional instanter couplings. The kit represents vans constructed in the 1952-7 period, and is finished in early bauxite livery and using Fox Transfers. The model is shown with S4 wheels.

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This model is currently available already built for immediate delivery. Click on one of the 'Buy Now' buttons to reserve this model. You will then be asked to enter your personal details, and specify the options you wish to select from those given below. If the model is still available, I will then quote a firm price for delivery. Otherwise, I will quote for the construction of another model to the same specification, along with an estimated delivery schedule. In this case, you will also have the opportunity to change other build options such as livery, etc.


This model is available with your choice of OO, EM, or S4 wheels, at no additional cost. The brake shoes are positioned for S4 and are equally suitable for EM, but will not line up with the wheels for OO. Please note that this model has a rigid chassis: it is not sprung or compensated in any way.

You may also specify your choice of couplings to be fitted before delivery. Sprung 3-link (instanter) couplings are included in the price shown, but other types may incur an additional cost - or you can supply the couplings to be fitted. If compatible with your chosen couplings, vacuum brake pipes will also be fitted.


£85 (made up from: assembly £40, painting & finishing £35, kit & materials £10) + £3 p&p

This price does not include any additional charges arising from the options you select