Z class Platform ended Clerestory Roofed Bogie Brake vans Z27/8 and 30-106

Builders  photo of Ashbury built van C67 (later Z5070 and Z88). (RHWA collection)

This group of vans were the most numerous type of brake van on the W.A.G.R. for the first part of the twentieth century. They were 30'-0" long with 4'-10" wheelbase bogies and had a clerestory roof with a platform at one end. These were almost identical in design to the New Zealand Railways 1889 designed B.P. 543 vans apart from the use of vacuum brakes.

There were definitely detailed differences between the batches and it is known that at least one of the later vans (C86) had plug type rather than sliding doors. I do not know if these were ever altered.

Builders photo of Birmingham RCW Co built C86 (later Z5089 and Z106) (RHWA collection)

One van at least (C18) was lost and replaced before 1900. In the 1900 renumbering some of these vans are listed as class DD (I don't know why). The vans involved were C21, C42, C44, C47 and C81. The class was renumbered from C9-86 to Z5012- Z5089. In 1901 vans Z5037, Z5043 and Z5061 were marked "Kalgoorlie Mail trains only"

There were piecemeal alterations to these vans over the years The photo below from the RHWA collection of Z62 shows a van as running later in its life.

In later years many of these vans were re-bodied. Some of the rebuilding details are less than clear and it is quite possible that I have missed vans re-bodied in the type 15a fashion. I am particularly suspicious of the later survivors.

Z5027 was the Port Hedland van for many years.

Details as far as I know them are as follows:

First number

Issued to traffic

1900 number

Date renumbered

Final number

Date renumbered

Fate

Date

C9

1893?

Z5012

September 1900

Z30

May 1939

Written off

May 1954

C10

September 1893

Z5013

October 1900

Z31

May 1939

Written off

September 1962

C11

September 1893

Z5014

October 1900

Z32

?

Rebuilt to type 16a

? 1954

C12

September 1893

Z5015

October 1900

Z33

June 1940

Wooroloo collision

November 1940

C13

October 1893

Z5016

October 1900

Z34

March 1939

Rebuilt to type 15a

1936-1944

C14

September 1893

Z5017

September 1900

Z35

January 1939

Written off

June 1959

C15

September 1893

Z5018

September 1900

Z36

February 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C16

October 1893

Z5019

September 1900

Z37

August 1939

Written off

September 1958

C17

September 1893

Z5020

September 1900?

Z38

May 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C18

1893

-

-

-

-

Stoneville crash

June 1896

C18

August 1896

Z5021

September 1900

Z39

January 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C19

October 1893

Z5022

October 1900

Z40

December 1940

Written off

November 1954

C20

November 1895

Z5023

September 1900

Z41

January 1940

Written off

February 1956

C21

November 1895

Z5024

August 1900

Z42

October 1940

Written off

June 1966

C22

November 1895

Z5025

October 1900

Z43

June 1940

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C23

November 1895

Z5026

November 1900

Z44

August 1939

Written off

September 1956

C24

November 1895

Z5027

October 1900

Z45

May 1940

Written off

May 1963

C25

November 1895

Z5028

October 1900

Z46

October 1939

Written off

January 1959

C26

November 1895

Z5029

October 1900

Z47

May 1939

Written off

November 1959

C27

November 1895

Z5030

October 1900

Z48

July 1939

Rebuilt to type 16a

March 1954

C28

November 1895

Z5031

November 1900

Z49

September 1941

Written off

December 1968

C29

August 1896

Z5032

October 1900

Z50

June 1939

Written off

November 1957

C30

August 1896

Z5033

November 1900

Z51

May 1939

Rebuilt to type 15a

1936-1944

C31

August 1896

Z5034

October 1900

Z52

February 1941

Written off

September 1962

C32

August 1896

Z5035

September 1900

Z53

November 1940

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

November 1940

C33

August 1896

Z5036

September 1900

Z54

?

Written off

November 1957

C34

August 1896

Z5037

September 1900

Z55

August 1939

JETTY 139

April 1957

C35

August 1896

Z5038

October 1900

Z56?

?

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

November 1940

C36

August 1896

Z5039

October 1900

Z57

September 1941

W/off 11/53-3/56 then

Finally June 1961

C37

August 1896

Z5040

October 1900

Z58

January 1941

Rebuilt to type 16a

? 1954

C38

September 1896

Z5041

October 1900

Z59

August 1939

Written off

October 1953

C39

September 1896

Z5042

September 1900

Z60

April 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C40

September 1896

Z5043

September 1900

Z61?

?

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

Oct. 1940

C41

September 1896

Z5044

October 1900

Z62

June 1939

Written off

May 1962

C42

March 1897

Z5045

August 1900

Z63

September 1941

Rebuilt to type 16a

? 1954

C43

March 1897

Z5046

October 1900

Z64

November 1939

Written off

November 1960

C44

March 1897

Z5047

October 1900

Z65

August 1939

Collision Yarloop

November 1953

C45

March 1897

Z5048

September 1900

Z66

January 1939

Collision Bullabulling

June 1956

C46

March 1897

Z5049

October 1900

Z67

January 1939

Written off

July 1961

C47

March 1897

Z5050

October 1900

Z68

January 1939

JETTY 221

June 1958

C48

May 1897

Z5051

September 1900

Z69

April 1939

JETTY 143

April 1957

C49

May 1897

Z5052

October 1900

Z70

July 1939

Collision Carlisle

December 1950

C50

May 1897

Z5053

October 1900

Z71

May 1939

Written off

December 1955

C51

May 1897

Z5054

September 1900

Z72

October 1939

Rebuilt to type 15a

1936-1944

C52

June1897

Z5055

September 1900

Z73

November 1939

Rebuilt to type 15a

1936-1944

C53

June1897

Z5056

September 1900

Z74

January 1939

Rebuilt to type 16a

April 1954

C54

June1897

Z5057

October 1900

Z75

March 1939

Written off

June 1961

C55

June1897

Z5058

October 1900

Z76

September 1941

Written off

October 1960

C56

June1897

Z5059

November 1900

Z77

May 1939

Rebuilt to type 16a

April 1954

C57

July 1897

Z5060

October 1900

Z78

June 1941

Written off

June 1954

C58

July 1897

Z5061

October 1900

Z79

April 1939

Written off

August 1962

C59

July 1897

Z5062

October 1900

Z80

August 1939

Written off

May 1962

C60

July 1897

Z5063

October 1900

Z81

March 1939

Written off

August 1955

C61

July 1897

Z5064

October 1900

Z82

July 1940

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C62

July 1897

Z5065

October 1900

Z83

April 1940

to VW5069

February 1961

C63

July 1897

Z5066

October 1900

Z84

October 1940

Written off

November 1960

C64

July 1897

Z5067

October 1900

Z85

March 1940

Rebuilt to type 13

1933-4

C65

July 1897

Z5068

August 1900

Z86

November 1938

Written off

March 1962

C66

July 1897

Z5069

October 1900

Z87

?

Written off

June 1957

C67

July 1897

Z5070

November 1900

Z88

October 1939

Written off

July 1961

C68

July 1897

Z5071

October 1900

Z89

September 1939

Rebuilt to type 16a

May 1954

C69

July 1897

Z5072

October 1900

Z90

November 1938

JETTY 268

April 1960

C70

August 1897

Z5073

September 1900

Z91

April 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

November 1940

C71

August 1897

Z5074

October 1900

Z92

June 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

November 1940

C72

August 1897

Z5075

October 1900

Z93

August 1939

Rebuilt to type15?

November 1926

C73

March 1898

Z5076

October 1900

Z94

November 1938

Rebuilt to type 16a

? 1954

C74

August 1897

Z5077

October 1900

Z95

May 1939

Written off

November 1957

C75

August 1897

Z5078

October 1900

Z96

July 1939

Written off

April 1967

C76

August 1897

Z5079

October 1900

Z97

December 1940

Written off

July 1961

C77

August 1897

Z5080

November 1900

Z98

March 1939

Written off

December 1954

C78

August 1897

Z5081

October 1900

Z99

December 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C79

August 1897

Z5082

October 1900

Z100

December 1940

Rebuilt to type 16a

? 1954

C80

August 1897

Z5083

August 1900

Z101

March 1939

Written off

February 1961

C81

August 1897

Z5084

August 1900

-

-

Collision Tunnel Jctn August 1938.

June 1940

C82

August 1897

Z5085

October 1900

Z102

January 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

C83

August 1897

Z5086

September 1900

Z103

September 1941

Rebuilt to type 16a

May 1954

C84

August 1897

Z5087

October 1900

Z104

October 1938

Written off

March 1956

C85

August 1897

Z5088

October 1900

Z105

October 1938

Written off

January 1964

C86

August 1897

Z5089

October 1900

Z106

February 1939

Sold to Comm. Rlys.

May 1942

Z96 ran latterly as an accident van but was not reclassified VC or renumbered.

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