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.

1954

16, 61 from D(15'-0")

1957

45 from  D(15'-0")

16 written off

1962

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.

 

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