WV, WVX and WBAX class Vans

Brand new WV class vans at Midland awaiting their lettering. (RHWA collection).

The WV class vans were the standard covered goods wagon built for the new standard gauge lines of the W.A.G.R in the 1960s. There were built in three series each with detail differences - most notably in the third group which had a completely different roof. The complete number series was WVX 30702- 30851, 30861- 30995. WSB 30701 was a slightly modified version of this design used as a service van from the outset. The numbers 30852-30860 were never used.

Midland Workshops built 77 in 1967-68 numbered 30702-30778 and another 73 in 1969, with numbers 30779-30851.

Only twenty-seven of the original batch entered traffic on standard gauge bogies in 1967. Ten were issued to traffic in 1967 as class VWV on narrow gauge bogies and the remainder of the first batch (40 wagons) were all issued as VWVs in 1968. By the end of 1968 all but five of the VWVs had been converted to WVX and the remained were completed in 1969.

1967

WV 30713, 30714, 30715, 30723, 30734, 30736, 30738 - 30742, 30744, 30746, 30747, 30753, 30756, 30759, 30760, 30767, 30768, 30770 - 30774, 30776, 30777 issued to Traffic

All reclassified WVX in November-December 1967.

VWV 30704, 30706, 30708, 30719, 30720, 30721, 30727, 30729, 30751, 30778 issued to traffic

1968

VWV 30702, 30703, 30705, 30707, 30709 - 30712, 30716 - 30718, 30722 - 30726, 30728, 30730 - 30732, 30735, 30737, 30743, 30745, 30748 - 30750, 30752, 30754, 30755, 30757, 30758, 30761 - 30766, 30769, 30775 issued to Traffic.

VWV 30702, 30703, 30705-30712, 30716-30732, 30735, 30737, 30743, 30745, 30748, 30749, 30751, 30752, 30754, 30755, 30757, 30761, 30763, 30764, 30766, 30769, 30775, 30778 to WVX

1969

VWV 30704, 30750, 30758, 30762, 30765 to WVX

WVX 30779 - 30851 built Midland workshops

A VWV class van (Photo G R Watson)

The final batch of 135 WVX built in 1970-1 by Mechanical Handling were a little different from the earlier vans especially in terms of the roof profile which gave them a slightly less American look.

1970

WVX 30861 - 30972 built by Mechanical Handling

1971 WVX 30973 - 30995 built by Mechanical Handling

Conversion of WVX class vans started only 9 months after the class was complete. When two vans were converted to a semi-louvred configuration and reclassified WVP. In 1974 fifteen WVX class vans were reclassified WVL  after fitting with load dividing bars. A final van was reclassified WVL  in 1978.

1971

WVX 30875 to WVP

1972 WVX 30808 to WVP
1973

WVX 30723 written off

1974 WVX 30709, 30775, 30782, 30784, 30788, 30798, 30800, 30817, 30826, 30848, 30904, 30905, 30959, 30961, 30974 to WVL
1978 WVX 30898 to WVL

In 1979 reclassification of the remaining WVX to WBAX began. It was 1982 by the time they had caught up with the last one.

1979

WVX 30702, 30705, 30706, 30708, 30710, 30712, 30714, 30715, 30716, 30718, 30721, 30722, 30731, 30732, 30736, 30737, 30740, 30741, 30742, 30743, 30746, 30747, 30748, 30752, 30755, 30758, 30766, 30768, 30769, 30772, 30773, 30774, 30779, 30786, 30790, 30792, 30795, 30797, 30799, 30801, 30802, 30804, 30805, 30806, 30807, 30813, 30815, 30818, 30820, 30823, 30824, 30827, 30828, 30832, 30833, 30836, 30837, 30838, 30839, 30844, 30846, 30847, 30850, 30862, 30865, 30867, 30868, 30872, 30873, 30874, 30876, 30879, 30882, 30883, 30887, 30888, 30890, 30900, 30906, 30908, 30910, 30911, 30912, 30913, 30914, 30917, 30918, 30921, 30922, 30925, 30927, 30928, 30929, 30930, 30933, 30934, 30936, 30938, 30941, 30946, 30949, 30955, 30960, 30965, 30967, 30968, 30970, 30973, 30975, 30976, 30980, 30981, 30983, 30984, 30985, 30986, 30987, 30988, 30989, 30990, 30991 to WBAX

1980 WVX 30703, 30704, 30707, 30711, 30713, 30717, 30719, 30724, 30725, 30726, 30727, 30728, 30729, 30730, 30733, 30734, 30735, 30738, 30739, 30744, 30745, 30749, 30750, 30751, 30753, 30754, 30756, 30759, 30760, 30761, 30762, 30763, 30764, 30765, 30767, 30770, 30771, 30776, 30777, 30778, 30780, 30781, 30783, 30785, 30787, 30789, 30791, 30793, 30794, 30796, 30798, 30803, 30810, 30811, 30812, 30814, 30816, 30819, 30821, 30825, 30829, 30830, 30831, 30834, 30835, 30840, 30841, 30842, 30843, 30845, 30849, 30851, 30861, 30863, 30864, 30866, 30869, 30871, 30877, 30878, 30880, 30881, 30884, 30885, 30886, 30889, 30891, 30892, 30893, 30894, 30895, 30897, 30899, 30901, 30902, 30903, 30909, 30915, 30916, 30920, 30923, 30924, 30926, 30931, 30932, 30935, 30937, 30939, 30940, 30942, 30944, 30945, 30947, 30948, 30950, 30951, 30952, 30953, 30954, 30956, 30957, 30958, 30962, 30963, 30964, 30966, 30969, 30971, 30972, 30977, 30978, 30979, 30982, 30992, 30993, 30994, 30995 to WBAX
1981

WVX 30720, 30809, 30822, 30870, 30896, 30907, 30919, 30943 to WBAX,

1982 WVX 30757 to WBAX

In the mid 1980s two new derivatives of the WBAX appeared. These were the WBAZ and WBNX. Only small numbers of wagons were involved. Meanwhile the WVL and VWP classes were incorporated back into the WBAX class.

1983

WBAX 30897 written off

1985

WBAX 30744, 30766, 30767, 30772, 30792, 30818, 30835 to WBAZ

WBAX 30866, 30870, 30911, 30919, 30920, 30925, 30976 to WBNX

1986

WBAX 30727, 30740, 30742, 30776 to WBAZ

WBAX 30783, 30796, 30809, 30810, 30827 to WBAZ - date uncertain

1987

WVP 30875, 30808 to WBAX

WVL 30709, 30784, 30798, 30800, 30817, 30826, 30848, 30898, 30904, 30905, 30959, 30961, 30974 to WBAX

WVL 30775 to WBAX - Date uncertain but before 1989.

WBAX 30986 to WBNX

Two more drastic conversions appeared in 1988-9. These were both container flats (WQDF  and WQEF). In 1992 reclassification to WBWX began with some going to RBAX the following year.  Record keeping deteriorated in the 1990's to the extent that I don't know the identity of the vans written off in 1996.

1988

WVL 30788 to WBAX

WBAX 30705, 30711, 30719, 30728, 30736, 30741, 30774, 30777 to WQDF

1989

WVL 30782 to WBAX

WBAX 30713, 30714, 30720, 30726, 30733, 30746, 30757 to WQDF

WBAX 30704, 30743 to WQEF

WBAX 30938 to WBNX

1990

WBAX 30787, 30833, 30977 written off

1991 WBAX 30910 written off
1992

WBAX 30807, 30861, 30867, 30869, 30872, 30880, 30885, 30893, 30894, 30899, 30902, 30903, 30905, 30907, 30915, 30916, 30917, 30927, 30923, 30936, 30945, 30947, 30951, 30953, 30954, 30955, 30957, 30958, 30960, 30963, 30966, 30974, 30980, 30990, 30994, 30995 to WBWX

WBNX 30938 to WBWX

1994

WBAX 30748, 30951, 30968, 30972 written off

WBAX 30874, 30877, 30881, 30883, 30912, 30918, 30924, 30928, 30931, 30933, 30940, 30943, 30946, 30950, 30956, 30959, 30962, 30970, 30971, 30983, 30987, 30991, 30993 to RBAX

WBWX 30899 to RBAX

WBWX 30955 written off.

1995

WBAX 30884, 30896, 30900, 30904, 30906, 30908, 30922, 30929, 30934, 30935, 30949, 30952, 30969, 30989, to RBAX

WBNX 30866, 30911, 30920, 30925, 30986 to RBPX.

1996

74 WBAX written off......

31 WBWX written off (out of 36?)

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WVX Series 1 Diagram

WVX Series 2 Diagram

WVX Series 3 Diagram

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