Class E Cold storage vans (Class Q before 1900)

The W.A.G.RYS had a total of about 150 class E cold storage vans of four different designs.

The first wagon was unique and was a conversion of a D class van (94) in 1894. A public notice from WAGR General Manager, John Davies dated 4 December 1894 reported that the WAGR were about to introduce a special Cold Storage Van with cold apartments full of ice to run from Perth - Bunbury. It was to convey fruit, dairy produce and meat. Ex Perth on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday and returning the following day. It is almost certainly the small white van in the middle of the cruel enlargement from an early shot of Fremantle above. The blow up at right of a photo taken by Roy England in the 1920s includes a van which in all probability is also E94.   

E94 eventually became a DW class workmen's van in 1934.

 

In 1896 six D class vans with the standard N.Z.R. type underframes (574, 577, 581, 1178, 1188 and 1348) were converted to cold storage vans and fitted with  a pair of new doors on either side.

One van (577) was rebuilt in 1909 but it is not known whether the result of this rebuild was any different.   However at some point the original pairs of doors were replaced by a  single door on either side and it may be that this is what is referred to here. 

These six vans were written off over a long period:

1946

574 written off

1953

577 written off

1954

1188 written off

1969

581 written off

1970

1348 written off

1972

1178 written off

 

The third group of fifteen vans were built new at Midland in 1901 (5219 - 5221), 1902 (5222-8) and 1907 (71-75). These vans had the 17'-0" long GA type underframe. Four of these vans were at least notionally reclassified as EA in 1940 (5221) and 1954 (5225/6/8). The remaining wagons were written off as follows:

1950

5220 written off

1953

71, 74, 5224 written off

1954

73, 5223, 5227 written off

1957

5219 written off

1958

75 written off

1962

72 written off

1976

5222 written off

It is not known if number 5222 was ever changed or rebuilt during its charmed life. 

During 1932 vans 1188, 72, 5219 and 5226 were used for Geraldton - Kalgoorlie Crayfish traffic whilst in 1934 vans 1178, 5221 and 5224 were used for rabbit traffic.

 

The final group of vans were originally intended for Wyndham meat works but were returned by the P.W.D to the W.A.G.R in 1920. They were numbered 10117 -10128 and had been built at Midland in 1917.

There is a photograph of one of these vans being unloaded amongst the Battye Library collection.

These wagons were written off as follows:

1961

10122 written off

1962

10117, 10119, 10127 written off

1963

10120, 10125 written off

1964

10128 written off

1966

10123 written off

1970

10118, 10126 written off

1972

10121,10124 written off

Other Cold storage vans

The W.A.G.R.'s other cold storage trucks were classes EA , and EB, and the bogie vehicles in Classes W, WA, WAM, WAR, WBR and WVD.

 

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