|DE Class Explosives vans|
This group consisted of a motley collection of former D vans converted to carry explosives. By rights they should have been in the O class group with the other explosives vans.
Conversions/reclassifications started in 1954.
The oldest were those on the NZR type underframe. This included three vans which had run as D vans all their lives and also another three rebuilt from horseboxes in the second world war. There were a further three vans which were nominally re-bodied examples of this type but see further down.
Details are colour coded in the table below
A very battered old van (DE1343) at Woodman's point. It had served as a DE class explosives van since 1957.
|1954||1183 from D (N.Z.R. type),|
|1957||1343 from D (N.Z.R. type)
5130 from D (converted A)
|1959||5117, 5126 from D (converted A)|
|1961||580 from D (N.Z.R. type) |
1343 written off
|1968||5117 written off|
|1970||580, 5126, 5130 written off|
|1971||1183 written off|
Three of the 15' D vans built on a GB style wooden underframe were converted to DE in the 1950s. They were disposed of as follows in the table below.
16, 61 from D(15'-0")
45 from D(15'-0")
16 written off
45 written off
|1970||61 written off ( to Woodman's point)|
There were two standard 16' D vans converted to DE and two other vans (nominally rebuilds of a 14' MRCWCo van and GSR type van) but in all likelihood 16 footers.
|1954||5157, 5168 from D(16'-0")|
|1957||5157 written off|
|1958||5168 written off|
|1964||251 from D|
|1970||251 written off|
|1971||4174 from D|
|1976||4174 written off|
|In 1953 40 old D vans were "re-bodied". These appear to have been completely new 16' vans but I can't be sure. Some were converted to DE from 1964 and they are listed below colour coded by the type that they notionally came from thus:
rebuilt from 15' NZR type vans
rebuilt from 15' GB frame vans
rebuilt from 16' vans
A rather battered late survivor at Woodman's point at least 10 years after it was written off. All of the 1953 vans had a distinctive steel fillet immediately behind the buffer beam not found on the earlier D vans.
|1964||40, 59, 160, 1191, 5152 From D|
|1967||59 to D|
|1969||160 to D|
|1970||40, written off|
|1971||27, 149, 566, 1334, 1451, 5008, 5176 from D|
|1972||149, 566 written off|
|1973||59 from D|
|1974||5152 written off|
|1975||59, 1334, 1451 written off|
|1977||27, 5176 written off|
|1978||1191, 5008 written off|
Former MRWA BLA class van D40506 became a DE in 1973 followed by nearly all of the remaining vans in this group (40501, 40505, 40507-40512) in 1974.
They were all written off together in 1983 but some could still be seen in traffic as late as 1985.