Class P and ZP four-wheeled passenger brake vans (Class C before 1900)

Before 1900 the brake vans were divided into two groups. The passenger brake vans were in class C along with all of the bogie brake vans (later class Z) and the six-wheelers inherited from the G.S.R. The  four-wheeled goods brake vans were in class D.

The passenger four-wheeled vans were constructed to carriage stock standards with panelled sides matching the early 4-wheeled coaches. There were a total of eight passenger type four wheelers in class C.

The lack of record cards before 1909 when several of these vans were written off makes their final disposal dates a little uncertain.  My best estimate so far is listed below.

 

Right: One of the 4 wheeled passenger brake vans at Perth in 1893 (RHWA collection).

Old Number

Believed Built

New wagon stock number

Date renumbered

Fate

C1

1881

P 5005

28/11/00

Written off before 1904

C2

3/1881

P 5006

4/10/00

Sold to Public Works Department March 1922

C3

3/1881

P 5007

22/9/00

Gone before 1913

C4

1884

P 5008

1/9/00

Written off before 1904

C5

1885

P 5009

17/11/00

Gone before 1913

C6

1886

-

-

Gone before 1900 renumbering scheme drawn up

C7

7/1886

P 5010

1/9/00

Gone before 1913

C8

1886

P 5011

4/10/00

To Port Hedland. Reclassified ZP June 1936. Became ZP2 in forties. Written off November 1951.

In June 1918 a P van was transferred from the P.W.D. to the W.A.G.R. It was numbered P10077 by the W.A.G.R. and was one of the vans sold out of service. It was rebuilt in May 1920 and written off in June 1929. It was used on the isolated Norseman-Esperance section during this period.   The photo below shows P10077 and it was definitely one of the passenger P vans. 

There were also two ex four-wheeled carriages listed as P class vans in 1900. These were P 4914 (ex AI 3) and P 5182 (ex AI 259). They quickly became DW class workmen's vans.

Other brake vans

The W.A.G.R.'s other brake vans can be found under Class Z. After 1936 the remaining four-wheeled vans were class ZP. In 1953 two experimental four-wheeled vans were built which were class ZF.

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