VG and VGA Class bogie vans

After the experimental conversion of 3 VD class vans with steel louvres to class VDA the best features of this design and the VF class were combined to produce the VG class. Forty of these wagons were built in 1969 (23367) and 1970 (23361-6, 23368-23400). The design was quickly superseded by the American influenced VH class and no more were built.

In 1979 VG23371 was rebuilt as QH 16141 and 23369 was written off in 1983.

The end of wagonload traffic after the creation of "Total West" resulted in the conversion of the remaining 38 vans for grain traffic. The louvres were sealed and roof hatches were added to produce class VGA. Conversions were as follows:

1984 23362, 23365, 23367, 23368, 23370, 23372-5, 23378, 23379, 23380, 23384, 23385, 23388, 23389, 23391-3, 23395-23400 converted to VGA
1985 23361, 23363, 23364, 23366, 23376, 23377, 23381-3, 23386, 23387, 23390, 23394 converted to VGA

The converted vans did not, however, last that long. Disposals are as follows:

 

1987 VGA23376, 23382, 23383, 23390, 23398, 23400 written off
1990 VGA23368, 23389, 23391, 23397 written off
1996 Remainder of class written off
2005 VGA23362, 23365, 23367, 23372, 23373, 23375,23377, 23378, 23379, 23380, 23381, 23384, 23386, 23387, 23394, 23396 noted at Forrestfield still extant.

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