VB Class Bogie vans (steel underframe)

The first VB class wagons built as such (as opposed to converted VAs) were turned out by Midland Workshops in 1938. They were originally painted white rather than the more usual Indian red. They had a steel rather than a composite underframe and 5'-6" wheelbase RB type bogies. More wagons to the same design were built after the war in 1946/7.

VB3846 in less than pristine condition near the end of its life

The fate of this groups is as follows:

1938

3937, 3960, 3963, 3975, 4072, 4144, 4226, 4267, 4298, 4301, 4307, 4330 built Midland

1946

3023, 3043, 3105, 3170, 3194, 3197 built Midland

1947

3647, 3654, 3680, 3712, 3765, 3773, 3782, 3799, 3846, 3859, 3867, 3872, 3874, 3883 built Midland

1949

4226 written off

1951

4226 written back

1963

3773, 3872 written off

1968

3874 written off

1972

3023, 3765, 3799, 3859, 3867, 3883, 3975, 4144, 4330 written off

1973

3043, 3105, 3170, 3197, 3647, 3654, 3680, 3712, 3782, 3846, 3937, 3960, 3963, 4072, 4226, 4267, 4301, 4307 converted to QBC

3194, 4298 written off

In 1950/1 a final batch of VB class vans was built. This time the new vans had RC type bogies and rather than taking the numbers of written off stock they were numbered in one sequence. None of these new built VBs lasted quite as long as the final composite framed examples but this is perhaps because the underframes were useful for other types.

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1950

13322-13338 built

1951

13339-13351 built

1961

13323 written off

1968

13345 written off

1972

13324, 13327, 13329, 13331, 13332, 13341, 13342, 13344, 13346, 13347, 13348, 13349 written off

1973

13322, 13326, 13328, 13330, 13334, 13335, 13336, 13337, 13338, 13339, 13340, 13350, 13351 to QBC

13333 to QV

1974

13343 written off

13325 to QV

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