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Author Topic: Banana vans - what colour were they?  (Read 1558 times)

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2018, 09:06:17 PM »
Brightly coloured private owner wagons are a bit of a minefield, were they really that colour or were they just produced to make trainsets more appealing?

It can be difficult to tell as a lot of the prototype photographs are in black and white.

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2018, 09:17:40 PM »
I must admit in my spotting years from say, 1960 to 1968 on different regions, I never saw a brightly coloured wagon at all apart from the original Freightliners (if you can call them brightly coloured) but then again, private owner wagons had all but vanished by then

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2018, 07:37:22 AM »
Hi,

Interesting thread as I have an orange one I think.

Have found a yellow German one (3rd post down).....

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/germanrailfr/yellow-banana-wagons-t6015.html

Will continue search.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Might not be prototypical as haven't read their forum discussion.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2018, 07:40:09 AM by weave »

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2018, 07:51:20 AM »
Well I have the Peco banana van and Coleman's Mustard, and I think they're cute. I don't care if they existed or not.

They do on the Beal and Castle Eden!
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2018, 07:55:28 AM »
I donít remember any yellow vans from the early 60s and we lived not far from the Geest depot at Warminster.
I thought banana vans were usually brown identified with a yellow spot (circle) bottom right (known as yellow spot banana vans).
The model ones do look good in bright colours though.
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2018, 08:07:03 AM »
Hi,

Interesting thread as I have an orange one I think.

Have found a yellow German one (3rd post down).....

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/germanrailfr/yellow-banana-wagons-t6015.html

Will continue search.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Might not be prototypical as haven't read their forum discussion.


A very quick scan through various German forums (search term "gelbe bananenwagen") indicates pretty much the same conclusions as reached here, i.e. not much concrete evidence for yellow banana waggons, most pictures are black and white, and they're fun anyway so who cares.
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2018, 08:17:24 AM »
Hi,

Interesting thread as I have an orange one I think.

Have found a yellow German one (3rd post down).....

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/germanrailfr/yellow-banana-wagons-t6015.html

Will continue search.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Might not be prototypical as haven't read their forum discussion.


A very quick scan through various German forums (search term "gelbe bananenwagen") indicates pretty much the same conclusions as reached here, i.e. not much concrete evidence for yellow banana waggons, most pictures are black and white, and they're fun anyway so who cares.

For the german banana vans there are hints that they were brown without special markings. They were only temporary modifications of standard vans. Just add 2 to 4 inches of insulating material inside and cover that with a thin layer of wood. After the banana season, the modifications were removed and thevan used again as regular van...

But true spoken, the same applies for beer vans, not much evidence of real coloured vans (before WW2), but it somuch fun seeing them and to use them in inglenook puzzles  :laugh3:
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2018, 09:18:15 AM »
Got a few of them!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2018, 10:17:01 AM »
Eek! They were real!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2018, 10:21:37 AM »
yes, it took me long time when i just thought it was to attract people to train sets hence research was needed

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2018, 02:05:01 PM »
Sorry - been catching up on the forum and just found this thread!

Not banana vans - but they have been mentioned!

When I first started collecting Colmans mustard vans, I only had a few...


But then I found that there were 'coal for Colmans mustard' trucks too!

Most of the coal trucks were from Peco kits with Robbies Rolling Stock transfers (decals) for the sides.

MY wife keeps telling me that I have too many...  ???
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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2018, 05:42:28 PM »
I like all the brightly coloured private owner wagons but I do sometimes wonder if the liveries are authentic. Most of wagons carried coal to the factories to be used to fire the machines used to produce the products.

I once did a Horlicks wagon load that looked like Horlicks powder and tried to convince my son of the existence of Horlicks mines but he wasnít falling for it  :D

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Re: Banana vans - what colour were they?
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2018, 10:09:21 AM »
I lived in Kingston upon Thames in the early 50's and there was a large Fyffes depot next to the station. I can certainly remember yellow banana vans with the Fyffes logo sitting in the sidings.

 

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