S56: FURNITURE VAN PANTECHNICON

An etched brass kit. A familiar sight from the late1800s to the 1920s. Originally built to transport furniture and other goods from city depositories to shops or customers, these large vans became more widespread as removal vans. Their nickname derives from the Pantechnicon Bazaar in Belgravia, an 1830ís art shop which eventually became a furniture warehouse. Many furniture removal companies were founded on such vehicles; Pickfords being a prime example. Several firms offered a road rail service where van would travel by road over the first and last few miles and ride on a flat wagon between appropriate railheads; the van could make an interesting and potentially colourful load for a suitable rail wagon.
Liveries were many and varied and visit to the internet will reveal many images of these once-common vehicles. Preserved examples may be found at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke and at the Beamish Museum in County Durham. Some linger on as caravan conversions and service vehicles for traction engines and fairground folk.
A selection of motive power can be found at Horse Power

(OO Gauge / 4mm Scale)

Supplied as unpainted, flat etched brass fret.

A picture of a Pantechnicon and other horse drawn vehicles can be found by clicking here .

Price: £18.00


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