VY Class Bullion vans

The gold rush of the late 1890's produced a massive expansion of the W.A.G.R. to service the demands of a rapidly expanding colony. The gold also needed to be transported and whilst some was carried in ordinary coaches there was also a need for a specialist vehicle.

Bullion van VY4999 was built in 1908 to supplement an earlier 4 wheel van DY5893 built in 1902.

In 1948 the safe was removed and it became a VW class workmen's van. It was written off in 1991.

In 1948 passenger brake van ZJ260 (originally ZA 9346) was converted into a bullion van to replace VY4999 and renumbered VY5000. In 1968 it too became a workmen's van (VW) but then became inspection coach AL1 in 1972. It was finally written off in 1980.

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