V Class Bogie goods vans (Class Gb before 1900)

GB later V 2847 outside the factory where it was built. (Builders photo: RHWA collection)

For many years the majority of the bogie goods vans on the W.A.G.R. system belonged to this class. Indeed until 1915 they also outnumbered the four-wheeled vans of class D. They first entered service in 1896 with 1841-1890 being the lowest numbered batch. Some (probably all) of this batch were built by Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Co.  Numbers 2197-2212 (1896) and 2213-2246, 2847-2871 (1897) were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. Stableford and Co built the rest, numbers 3250-3309, 3315, and 3322-5 entering service in 1897 followed by 3310-4, 3316-21, 3326-3449 in 1898. In their early days these vans' sides were varnished but not painted. This soon caused problems and it was decided to repaint them in the standard grey livery soon followed by the later Indian red.

Grounded van body showing remnants of diagonal planking.

There were detail differences between these vans as built with some having a much deeper cover over the runner at the top of the doors than others whilst there were also changes to the roof with some having a wider overhanging roof after the First World war.  Similar changes happened to the NZR type D vans.

Initially the sides and ends of these vans featured diagonal planking but over the years as the vans were re-clad this was replaced by more conventional vertical planking. However, some vans retained elements of the original arrangement to the end as in the photo above.  V3277 below shows the final form of many vans in this class.

Records prior to the start of the wagon cards in 1909 are incomplete but the history of the class in this period is broadly as follows:

 1901/2

3346, 3405 converted to class WO. 

 1900-4

3253 written off (probably accident victim)

3380 became a workmen's van (later class VW)

 1904-6

1850, 3269, 3402 to workmen's vans (later class VW) 

1905/6

1877, 3271, 3354, 3372, 3427 to accident vans (later class VC)

1907?

3362 written off

 1900-9

1846, 1879, 2862, 3361, 3391 converted to class R 

From 1909 a more complete record is available of the changes to the class.

1910

2245, 3370 to R 

1913

1882, 2847, 3322 to R

2242 to VA

3267 to VC

3421 to VW

1914

2244 used as survey van 

1845, 1847, 1874, 2205, 2227, 2230, 2848, 2852, 3258, 3262, 3278, 3289, 3291, 3315, 3330, 3336, 3356, 3376, 3404, 3410-2, 3418, 3426 to VA 

3424 to R

3434 to VW

1915

2208, 2860, 3448 to VW

1916

2228, 2229, 3259, 3292, 3335, 3349, 3423 to VA 

1844, 1855, 2207 to VW

1917

1862, 2211, 2236, 2869, 3272 to VA

1918

1851, 2200, 2209, 2239, 2858, 3283, 3288, 3365, 3378 to VA

3375, 3381, 3449 to VW

1919

1889, 3347, 3413, 3438 to VA

1920

3282, 3331 to VW

1921

2225 to VW

1923

3268, 3290 to VW

1924

1869 to VW

1927

2224 to VW

3394 to VA 

1931

3333 written off

3354 from VC

1935

3377 to VW

1936

3427 from VC

2244, 3321 to VW

1937

3290, 3377 from VW

1938

3267, 3271 from VC

2853, 3312, 3430 to VC

1940

1876, 3286 written off

3354, 3420 sold to Commonwealth Railways NVA class

1941

1856, 2865 written off 

1942

 3359, 3389, 3408,3442 written off

1865, 1870/3, 1857, 1885, 2201, 2210/4, 2241, 2863/7, 3264, 3297/9, 3303/8, 3314/8/9, 3338, 3344, 3383/6, 3414/7 to class VP

1943

 1865, 1870/3, 1857, 1885, 2201, 2210/4, 2241, 2863/7, 3264, 3297/9, 3303/8, 3314/8/9, 3338, 3344, 3383/6, 3414/7 from class VP

1946

2246 written off 

1948

3311 written off

1949

2202, 2212 written off

1950

2210, 3364 written off

1951

1872 to VW

3398 written off

1953

2233, 3256 to VW

1848, 1870, 1890, 2221, 2241, 2855, 3260, 3332/4, 3358, 3363, 3396, 3403 written off

1954

1849, 1859, 1868, 1878, 2218, 2223, 2866, 3250/1/5/7, 3273/9, 3280, 3296, 3302, 3373, 3392/5, 3428, 3440/1/7 to VW

1860, 3264, 3368 to VE

2226, 2864/7, 3298/9, 3314, 3367, 3414, 3435 written off

1955

2237, 3263, 3285, 3304/5/9, 3444 to VW

3338, 3390 to VC

1842, 1854, 2203, 2215, 2234, 2243, 2851, 2861, 3266, 3293, 3318, 3345, 3406 written off

1956

1853, 1886/8, 2204, 2217, 2240, 2868, 2871, 3277, 3344/8, 3374, 3382, 3397, 3407 written off

3300, 3329, 3341 to VW

1957

3295, 3377, 3386 to VW

1864, 1873, 2197, 2206, 3252, 3287, 3325/7, 3371/, 3409, 3443/6 written off

1875, w/o 2215 to JETTY 167, 148

2213, 2231, 3307, 3416, 3443 (White Cross)

1958

2231 ex white cross stock

1883, 3281 written off

3350 to VW

1959

3284 to VC

2232 to VE

1960

3307, 3316, 3416, 3422/7 written off

1867, 2214, 3439 to VW

1961

1880, 2849, 3355,  written off

2201, 2850, 3306, 3328 to VW

3399 to JETTY 72

w/o 2861, 3325, 3416 to JETTY 82, 85, 84

1962

3337 to VC

3271, 3319, 3320, 3436 to VW

1843, 1861, 1884, 3445 written off

w/o 2868 to JETTY 291

3342 to JETTY 161

1963

2232, 3368 from VE

1858, 3388, 3415 to VW

w/o 3307 to JETTY 196.

1964

1860, 3264, 3368 from VE

3385 to VW

3419 written off

1966

1866 written off

1967

3393 written off

1968

w/o 2206 to JETTY 155

1860/5, 2222, 2859, 3270, 3313, 3353, 3360/8, 3383, 3433 written off

1969

3429 written off

1970

1841, 1852, 1863, 1871, 1881/7, 2199, 2213/6/9, 2220, 2231/2/8, 2854/6/7, 2863, 2870, 3254, 3265/7, 3274-6, 3290/4/7, 3303/8, 3310/7, 3323/4, 3339, 3340/3,3351/7, 3366/9, 3384/7, 3400/1, 3417, 3425, 3431/2/7 to QBB

1972

1857, 1885, 2198, 2235, 3261, 3301, 3326, 3352 written off

 

At some point (probably in the twenties or thirties) V2244 served as a survey van whilst V2222 was used as an instruction van.  The vans transferred to "white cross stock" were stencilled "North Fremantle - Robb's Jetty only" as they were unfit for general use. Despite being written off in 1972 V1885 served for many more years in the breakdown train until that was preserved in 1990.

The last active V class van V1885 in the breakdown train. Briefly preserved but scrapped by the HVR in 2003.

 

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