Class FA louvred vans (17-0")

A new type of louvred van appeared on the W.A.G.R. in 1902. Unlike earlier wagons it was 17'0" long and had a body which consisted of deep steel louvres. A total of 52 were built with FA1380-5, 5229-5258 entering service in 1902 followed by 5259-5262 and 6198-6209 in 1903. They were painted white when new. The chassis was an all steel derivation of the NZR 15'-0" underframe with the springs in the solebar channel.

In 1906 1380, 1382, 1384, 5234-7, 5240-2, 5249, 5257, 6198, 6199, 6204, 6206-9 were noted as being used as meat vans but I don't know if this involved any special markings.

Photo W.A.G.R. official from ARHS collection

By 1933 only 5256, 5248 and 6207 were noted as being meat vans.

At some point it is believed that many of these vans acquired new, wooden bodies like the FC class. 5242 was noted as being "rebuilt" in 1914 but this doesn't help with what the changes were. I would be surprised if any of those that survived the second world war still had steel bodies.

By 1962 they were all gone (as were their FC class derivatives).

An enlargement of a Fretwell collection image showing an FA or FC at Boddalin in November 1928

 1931

1382 written off 

 1936

1385, 5235, 5239, 5241, 5242, 5247, 5250, 5254, 6206, 6209 to FC 

 1937

1381, 6201 to FC

 1946

1383, 5257 to FC 

 1948

5243 written off 

1950

6199 written off 

1952

5234 written off 

1953

5236, 5240, 5249, 5260, 5262, 6203 written off 

1954

1380, 1384, 5229, 5252, 5253, 5258, 6198, 6200, 6207 written off 

5246 to FC

1955

5251, 5259, 6202 written off 

5259 became JETTY 151 in 1957

1956

5231, 5244, 5248 written off 

5248 became JETTY 134.

1957

5230, 5232, 5237, 5238, 5245, 5255, 5256, 6205, 6208 written off 

1959

6204 written off  became JETTY 260

1962

5233, 5261 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, FDPMRWA BL, MRWA BLA whilst their bogies counterparts are in classes VA(exV), VA(long), VB(Composite frame), VB(Steel frame), VD, VDA, VDB, VDL, VDR, VF, VFA, VFL, VG, VGA, VH

 

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