FA (15-0") and FB Class louvred vans

The picture above shows FA18.   It is a blow up of a small part of Battye Library 9359P

The 17'-0" all steel FA  class vans don't seem to have been an unqualified success as in 1904 a new type of F class louvred van appeared from Midland Workshops. They were 15'-0" long and used a GB type wooden underframe. In 1907 they were all reclassified FA. Further wagons seem to have been built to replace old F's over the next few years taking the same numbers as their F class predecessors. However, it is possible that the some of these vans were merely reclassified rather than rebuilt. In particular FA4317 was eventually reclassified back to F and may have retained its original 14'-0" long configuration throughout. In 1910 a batch of FB class fruit vans (externally identical to the new built FA meat vans) was built. More FBs followed in 1911 with a final batch of FAs in 1913. By 1942 all of these vans with the exception of FA18 (written off) and FA4317 were reclassified FB. In the table below the numbers shown in red are the odd F class rebuilds (F4555/6 had 16'-0" AI underframes) whilst the ones in blue are the F class rebuilds which (as F's) had a 15'-0" NZR type chassis. It is possible that the rebuilds of NZR chassis wagons retained the original underframe but I feel this is unlikely (photographic evidence is needed).

 

1904

F18 - 23 built Midland Workshops

1907

F18 - 23 reclassified FA

1909

FA4555 rebuilt(?) from F4555

FA2023 rebuilt from F2023

1910

FB7463 - 7477 built Midland Workshops

1911

FB7478 - 7512 built Midland Workshops

1913

FA 9754 - 9778 built Midland Workshops

FA2020/1 rebuilt from F2020/1

1914

FA4317 rebuilt(?) from F4317

1915

FA3893 rebuilt from F3893

1916

FA2018 rebuilt from F2018

1917

FA2019 rebuilt from F2019

1918

FA2022 rebuilt from F2022

1920

FA3898 rebuilt from F3898

1921

FA3894/6 rebuilt from F3894/6

1925

FA2020, 3898 to FB

1928

FA9761 to FB

1932

FA18 written off

1934

FA4556 rebuilt(?) from F4556

1936

FA19, 22, 2022, 4556, 9754, 9755, 9758, 9759, 9762, 9767, 9768, 9770, 9771, 9773, 9774, 9775 to FB

1937

FA4317 reclassified as F

FA23, 2023, 3895, 4555, 9756, 9760, 9763, 9765, 9766, 9778 to FB

1938

FA21, 3893, 3894, 3896, 9757 to FB

1939

FA20, 9764, 9772, 9776 to FB

1940

FA2021, 3897, 9769to FB

1941

FA2018, 2019 to FB

1942

FA9777 to FB

 

The arrival in vast numbers of the new FD class louvred vans finished off the FBs. Although some lasted until the early sixties it seems unlikely that they saw much use. The disposal of the FB class wagons is shown below. A grounded body at Bunbury is shown in a photo in the Weston Langford collection. 

 

1937

FB9754 written off

1940

FB20 written off

1941

FB9761 written off

1945

FB9769 written off

1948

FB7511 written off

1950

FB7500, 9772, 9773 written off

1953

FB19, 2018, 2022, 7466, 7469, 7473, 7475, 7477, 7479, 7484, 7493, 7495, 7496, 7503, 9756, 9757, 9760, 9762, 9770, 9774, 9775 written off

1954

FB21, 22, 2019, 2021, 3897, 3898, 7463, 7465, 7467, 7468, 7470, 7472, 7478, 7480, 7485, 7486, 7487, 7488, 7489, 7497, 7498, 7499, 7506, 7507, 9764, 9766, 9767 written off

1955

FB2020, 3896, 7464, 7474, 7476, 7481, 7482, 7483, 7504, 7505, 7508, 7509, 9768, 9771, 9777 written off

1956

FB2023, 7494, 7502,9755, 9765 written off

1957

FB23, 3894, 4555 4556, 7471, 7490, 7492, 7501, 7510, 7512, 9763, 9776, 9778 written off

1958

FB9759 written off

1959

FB9758 written off

1960

FB7491 written off

1962

FB3893, 3895 written off

Other louvred vans

Other 4 wheel louvred vans in this group can be found in classes F , FA(17'-0"), FA(15'-0"), FB, FC, FD, FDF, FDM, FDP MRWA BL, MRWA BLA whilst their bogies counterparts are in classes VA(exV), VA(long), VB(Composite frame), , VD, , VDB, VDL, VDR, VF, VFA, VFL, VG, VGA, VH

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