VA Class Bogie vans

The production of 100 new VA class vans was underway at the time of the 1922 Royal commission as a developed version of the older, shorter VA class vans. The VA design came in for criticism (some of which was rather unjust). These new vans were 33'-0" long over headstocks compared to the 30'-0" of the rebuilt V class vans. They had a similar composite underframe and 4'-6" wheelbase bogies. In 1929 eleven vans were fitted with 5'-6" wheelbase SX type bogies so as to be more suitable for passenger train use. This was the start of the evolution of the VB type. The next step being the fitting of crate floors. Details of the careers of the 33'-0" VA's are as follows

1922

10129-10228 built Midland 

1923

10172 labelled for Cream Traffic

 ?

10152, 10176, 10179 labelled for Fish Traffic

1929

10147, 10175 labelled for Rabbit Traffic 

10135, 10141, 10147, 10175, 10211, 10222 fitted with 5'-6" SX type bogies

?

10136, 10146, 10174, 10181, 10194 fitted with 5'-6" SX type bogies

1931

10202 written off 

1934

10134, 10138, 10153, 10159, 10171, 10177, 10203 fitted with crate floors 

10214 to VW

1935

10214 from VW

1936

10131, 10172, 10179, 10213 fitted with Milk shelves 

10134, 10135, 10136, 10138, 10141, 10146, 10147, 10153, 10159, 10171, 10174, 10175, 10177, 10181, 10194, 10203, 10211, 10222 to VB

194210165 written off
194610131 written off

10162, 10168, 10188, 10228 used as temporary brake vans

1954

10206, 10228 to VC

10220 written off

1961

10215 written off

1962

10190 written off

1963

10185, 10213, 10223 written off

1964

10139 to VC

1965

10180 written off

1966

10145 written off

1967

10193, 10227 written off

1968

10140, 10178, 10186, 10187, 10192, 10195 written off

1970

10139 from VC

10191 to VW

 1971

10143 written off

10204, 10221 to VE

1972

10149, 10150, 10151, 10152, 10154, 10155, 10156, 10158, 10161, 10162, 10166, 10167, 10169, 10170, 10172, 10176, 10183, 10188, 10196, 10199, 10200, 10201, 10205, 10207, 10208, 10214, 10216, 10217, 10218, 10224, 10225 written off

1973

10129, 10130, 10139, 10157, 10164, 10179, 10197, 10212 written off

10168 to VW

1974

10142, 10144, 10148, 10163, 10184, 10189, 10198, 10209, 10210, 10226 written off

1975

10173, 10182 written off

10133 to VW

1976

10137, 10160,

 10219 to VC

1977

10132 written off

From 1964 to 1970 the former M.R.W.A. class LC vans 40721 and 40722 were classified VA.

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