As you all know i have made the decision on an era to model & concentrate on....This being the very late steam & transition period sometime between 1966 & say 1973.
While cleaning out the cupboards of stuff i have accumulated over the years i came across an LLV that is painted in the candy livery. I wasn't sure what to do about this wagon but one thing is for sure it does not fit my chosen era. It is a very well built & painted AR kits offering that i like very much. After much to-ing & fro-ing i have decided to list it on ebay & see it go to a home where it may well be shown & run in a fashion it deserves.
The main reason for this posting is to spark a bit of debate & see if any more history on this wagon comes out of it.
From what i know...there were two LLVs that were treated to this livery & were numbered W2613 & W2615. One train of thought is that this scheme was carried out as a trial & that a positive reaction may well have seen more of the greater wagon fleet adorned as well. If this was the case it would have been a shortlived excercise as history has shown that the loco fleets so treated ended up with variations that saw the initial candy scheme truncated to a plain red ( red terror ) scheme in an obvious austerity measure. In hindsight it is easy to see that the original candy scheme would have been very costly to maintain in both material & labour plus the time taken to initially treat & maintain this livery would have severely hampered the ability to quickly turn around locos following a Dulux service.
There are other less believable rumors that have circulated over the years & while i profess to know very little about the real reason for the conversion I feel that the codes that they ended up with probably give a hint as to more likely reasons.
Mind you in the prototype shots i have seen i cannot make out a code board anyway....so did they ever "wear" these codes
I have only seen a couple of shots of the prototype vans after conversion & am of the belief they may still reside in Cowra.
Hopefully someone more learned who reads this blog may well be able to shed some light on the mystery.
|The wagon described in model form|