Ex BR PALVAN (number unknown)
These vans were built as a first attempt by British Railways to adapt to the use of palletised goods and forklift trucks. The large doors allow easy access to the inside but their being at each end of the van meant that when part loaded, especially at factories with access from only one side, people tended to load them very unevenly and this caused them to be unstable at speed. The Vanwide design was adopted to solve this and the Palvans had a fairly short life. This and a number of others survived because they were sold to the army for use internally - this one came from Bicester and was latterly used filled with sandbags as a blast shield between rows of ammunition wagons. Originally vacuum braked it is currently through piped only as the cylinder is missing.
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