VB Class (Composite frame) Bogie vans

The VA class van gradually evolved via longer wheelbase bogies and crate floors into the VB class. The VB class wagons essentially break down into two groups. This converted from VA's and consequently having a composite underframe and those built new which had all steel underframes. This page deals with the first group which in 1936 were all reclassified from VA to VB. Some of these wagons had 5'-6" wheelbase bogies whilst others had the older 4'-6" type. There were eleven vans with 5'-6" wheelbase bogies and their fates are as follows.

 

 

 

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 1936

10135, 10136, 10141, 10146, 10147, 10174, 10175, 10181, 10194, 10221, 10222 from VA

c1938

10136, 10174, 10181 and possibly 10194 fitted with ZJ bogies

 ?

10136, 10175 painted Indian red for use on the Westland

10135, 10147, 10175 used Perth-Wiluna

 1954

10147 written off

 1968

10136, 10211 written off

 1972

10141, 10174, 10175, 10222 written off

 1974

10135, 10146, 10194 written off

 1976

10181 written off

There were seven composite frame VBs with 4'-6" wheelbase bogies. Their fates are as follows:

  1936

 10134, 10138, 10153, 10159, 10171, 10177, 10203 from VA

 1948

 10138 written off

 1963

 10203 written off

 1972

 10134, 10177 written off

 1973

 10153, 10171 written off

 1976

 10159 written off

Finally in 1939 VA3405, which had at one time been a WO was reclassified VB. This van is believed to have been only 30'-0" long in contrast to the other VBs which were 33'-0" long. It was written off in 1953 when another 30'-0" VA numbered 3259 was reclassified VB. This wagon was written off in 1960. Confirmation of the details of these two wagons is required.

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