FDP Class poison vans

Conversion of FD class louvred vans to FDP class poison vans started in 1973. This was another of those cases where classification in a different group would have been a little more logical. Class FDP were would perhaps have been better somewhere in the D group as they were not really louvred vans in the sense of the rest of the wagons in this group. However, the last group (converted in 1980) did not have the fully boarded sides of the earlier wagons and were barely distinguishable from some contemporary FD's.

Unusually, they were never painted in the Westrail yellow livery. This was probably to make them stand out (the DE class explosives vans were also never painted yellow).

 

 All of the FDs were lettered

POISONS        ONLY

RETURN EMPTY

TO KEWDALE

on the sliding door.

Conversion of the class to FDP and disposals are as follows:

 

1973

13433, 13698, 13935, 14031, 14037, 14126 from FD

1974

13401, 13475, 13495, 13564, 13574, 13582, 13587, 13598, 13622, 13629, 13661, 13676, 13711, 13802, 13807, 13826, 13836, 13840, 13883, 13968, 14003, 14018, 14046, 14052, 14058, 14123, 14136, 14197, 14284, 14355, 14370, 14372 from FD

1975

13840 written off

1980

13752, 14070, 14088, 14160, 14254, 14309 from FD

1983

13587, 13629, 13826, 14031, 14037, 14052, 14370 written off

1985

13495, 13574, 13802, 13807, 13883, 14126, 14160, 14284, 14372 written off

1986

13433, 13475, 13564, 13582, 13598, 13622, 13629, 13661, 13676, 13698, 13711, 13752, 13836, 13935, 13968, 14003, 14018, 14046, 14058, 14070, 14088, 14123, 14136, 14197, 14254, 14309, 14355 written off

1987

13401 written off

 

 Return to class F

 

 

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