Z class Bogie Brake vans Z461-566

The type 16b vans built in 1955 were followed in 1956 by a modified version of the same design without the end platform. The first twenty vans (Z461-480) of this class (type 17a) had frames identical to the type 16b vans but the later vans (type 17b) Z481-566 had a modified underframe without the prominent angles to support the body and different V hangers for the vacuum cylinder.

Notice the difference in the body support brackets between Z464 and Z512 in the photos as well as the V hangers for the vacuum cylinder.

Built over a period of ten years these vans were the most numerous type of brake van ever owned by the W.A.G.R. and most lasted until the end of brake van operations on the W.A.G.R. in 1985.

One early casualty was Z491, which was written off after collision damage in March 1959.

 In 1965 two vans (494 and 509) were rebuilt with lower roofs and buckeye couplers for bauxite traffic. From 1969 they were reclassified ZS and additional conversions followed although not all ZS class vans had the lower roof.

Z494 branded "FOR BAUXITE TRAFFIC ONLY" before reclassification to ZS.

Details of the fate of the vans are given in the table below.

No.

Built

To ZS

To VW

Written off

461

May 1956

September 1986

462

May 1956

?Z

August 1985

463

May 1956

November 1985

464

May 1956

August 1985

465

May 1956

November 1985

466

May 1956

August 1985

467

May 1956

?Z

November 1985

468

May 1956

July 1985

469

May 1956

August 1985

470

May 1956

November 1985

471

May 1956

?Z

November 1985

472

May 1956

November 1985

473

May 1956

November 1985

474

June 1956

November 1985

475

June 1956

November 1985

476

June 1956

August 1985

477

June 1956

November 1985

478

June 1956

November 1985

479

June 1956

November 1985

480

April 1957

July 1985

481

May 1957

August 1985

482

May 1957

?Z

483

May 1957

August 1986

484

May 1957

July 1985

485

May 1957

August 1985

486

May 1958

July 1985

487

May 1958

November 1985

488

June 1958

August 1985

489

June 1958

November 1985

490

May 1958

November 1985

491

June 1958

March 1959

492

June 1958

November 1985

493

June 1958

August 1985

494

June 1958

November 1969

January 1985

495

June 1958

November 1985

496

June 1958

November 1985

497

December 1958

August 1985

498

December 1958

November 1985

499

December 1958

November 1985

500

December 1958

March 1984

501

December 1958

August 1985

502

December 1958

July 1985

503

December 1958

November 1985

504

December 1958

November 1985

505

December 1958

June 1984

506

February 1959

November 1985

507

February 1959

April 1977

November 1985

508

February 1959

November 1985

509

February 1959

November 1969

January 1985

510

November 1959

December 1976

January 1985

511

November 1959

August 1985

512

November 1959

June 1984

513

December 1959

November 1985

514

December 1959

August 1985

515

December 1959

November 1985

516

December 1959

November 1985

517

December 1959

August 1985

518

December 1959

August 1985

519

December 1959

November 1985

520

December 1959

August 1985

521

December 1959

August 1985

522

December 1959

July 1985

523

December 1959

August 1985

524

November 1960

November 1985

525

November 1960

November 1985

526

November 1960

November 1985

527

November 1960

November 1985

528

November 1960

November 1985

529

December 1960

?Z

November 1985

530

December 1960

August 1985

531

December 1960

November 1985

532

December 1960

?Z

August1985

533

December 1960

November 1985

534

August 1962

August 1985

535

September 1962

September 1986

536

September 1962

March 1977

January 1985

537

September 1962

?

September 1986

538

November 1962

March 1996

539

October 1962

February 1970

November 1985

540

November 1962

February 1970

November 1985

541

September 1962

November 1982

January 1985

542

October 1962

November 1985

543

October 1962

November 1985

544

November 1962

May 1984

545

November 1962

March 1992

546

December 1962

November 1985

547

December 1962

September 1986

548

December 1962

?

September 1986

549

December 1962

?

March 1992

550

December 1962

May 1970

January 1985

551

December 1962

September 1986

552

December 1962

November 1985

553

December 1962

October 1976

November 1985

554

April 1964

November 1985

555

April 1964

November 1985

556

April 1964

September 1986

557

April 1964

November 1985

558

April 1964

September 1986

559

November 1965

November 1985

560

November 1965

August 1985

561

November 1965

November 1985

562

December 1965

April 1982

563

December 1965

November 1985

564

January 1966

August 1985

565

February 1966

November 1985

566

March 1966

August 1970

November 1985

 
Vans marked as ? in the above table are known to have been reclassified as VW whilst those marked as ?Z were rebuilt and used as VW but still classed as Z after they were written off. There may have been others but those listed are the ones I have photographic or documentary knowledge of.

Z497 was written off after losing a ducket. This photo shows the interior of the guard's compartment nicely with the red vacuum brake handle prominent.

Z469 was one of the first twenty and the different arrangement of the Vacuum brake can be seen in this close up as can the body support brackets.

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