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Banana vans - what colour were they?
« on: June 29, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
Ive been given a lovely Peco Fyffes banana van which is bright yellow with a red roof, I also have quite a few of their SR region banana vans which are a cream colour.

A google search reveals lots of brightly coloured model vans but very few real vans and the latter are usually brown.

Does anyone know whether any of the brightly coloured liveries were ever used in real life?

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2018, 01:43:04 PM »
I model the BR era and as far as I know by then they were all bauxite as they were fitted vehicles.

Not seen piccies of them in bright colours but happy to be corrected.

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2018, 02:20:35 PM »
Can't help other than to say I have a couple of German banana vans which are also yellow, albeit somewhat duller.

(Together with the British ones and some Lima banana containers they make up my fun "Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train" because well, why not?)
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 02:33:43 PM »
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"Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train"
Add a bread train and you could be modeling bedford

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 03:15:02 PM »
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"Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train"
Add a bread train and you could be modeling bedford

The town? You'll have to explain that to me ...  ???
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 03:25:33 PM »
Can't help other than to say I have a couple of German banana vans which are also yellow, albeit somewhat duller.

(Together with the British ones and some Lima banana containers they make up my fun "Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train" because well, why not?)

You could take a pic of the "Banana Train" on a diorama and name it "Bananarama"
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 03:29:31 PM »
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The town? You'll have to explain that to me


Brewed in bedford,or at least it was,not sure now since marston took charlie wells over.
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 03:32:35 PM »
Sorry, but...... :sick2:

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2018, 03:47:03 PM »
would these images help ?

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brbanana

http://www.srpsmuseum.org.uk/10140.htm


Insulated Vans (for meat), Meat Vans (ventilated for fresh meat), Insulfish vans (insulated for fish traffic - these had longer wheelbases so that they could be operated at higher speeds), Fruit Vans (ventilated vans for fruit traffic) and Banana Vans (unventilated and fitted with steam heating apparatus to warm and ripen the load, which was picked before ripening) were all specialist types for specific types of perishable goods traffic.

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 04:10:26 PM »
Can't help other than to say I have a couple of German banana vans which are also yellow, albeit somewhat duller.

(Together with the British ones and some Lima banana containers they make up my fun "Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train" because well, why not?)

You could take a pic of the "Banana Train" on a diorama and name it "Bananarama"
(Humble apologies. I'll get my cloak)

Challenge accepted.



Actually I must correct my earlier statement, the German wagons are not particularly different in colour to the British ones.
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 04:51:05 PM »
Can't help other than to say I have a couple of German banana vans which are also yellow, albeit somewhat duller.

(Together with the British ones and some Lima banana containers they make up my fun "Banana Train" which complements my "Beer Train" because well, why not?)

You could take a pic of the "Banana Train" on a diorama and name it "Bananarama"
(Humble apologies. I'll get my cloak)
Ooer... thats really saying something.
(double apologies. I dont need my coat in this weather - its reached 20 degrees in Redcar this week!)
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 05:22:47 PM »
It doeesn't matter what colour they were they should have been yellow!

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2018, 06:20:47 PM »
I think that the yellow van with a red roof may be a fictitious livery but Id like to be proved wrong.

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2018, 06:54:32 PM »
@Dorsetmike
Thats quite an interesting result from google search. It seems to me that there are no existing photos of a yellow banana van or there never were any. Probably the latter.
Conversely the equally yellow Coleman's mustard van did exist.

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