ZA class Bogie Brake vans (early type)

The ZA class brake vans were built to provide passenger accommodation on goods trains. Although they looked like a coach they were never classed as such. There were two groups of these vans. The first group (listed here) had a platform end whilst the later vans did not. Three builders were responsible for the platform ended vans. 5843- 5857 were built by the Oldbury carriage and Wagon Co. whilst 6270-6284 came from the Ashbury carriage and wagon Co.. The last van, 4992, was built by the W.A.G.R.

 When the W.A.G.R. stopped providing passenger accommodation on goods trains the ZA and the similar but smaller ZB class vans were made redundant but many found a new life as workmen's vans. Six others donated their frames to QS class sleeper wagons.

Full details of the class are listed below:

 

Number

Issued to traffic

New Number

Date

Electric Light

Converted to

Date

Converted to

Date

Written off

ZA4992

March 1906

ZA158

January 1939

September 1958

VW5083

April 1965

-

-

June 1983

ZA5843

July 1902

ZA159

June 1939

March 1957

VC5156

April 1976

-

-

1991

ZA5844

July 1902

ZA160

November 1939

February 1959

VW5140

July 1968

-

-

1987

ZA5845

August 1902

ZA161

July 1939

March 1958

VC5089

December 1969

VW5089

March 1976

August 1976

ZA5846

August 1902

ZA162

January 1941

October 1958

-

-

QS?

-

April 1967

ZA5847

August 1902

ZA163

April 1939

August 1958

VW5139

December 1966

-

-

1990?, 1996?

ZA5848

August 1902

ZA164

December 1938

-

-

-

-

-

December 1949

ZA5849

August 1902

ZA165

June 1939

May 1960

-

-

-

-

July 1965

ZA5850

September 1902

ZA166

December 1938

-

-

-

-

-

October 1956

ZA5851

September 1902

ZA167

April 1940

February 1959

-

-

QS

-

October 1962

ZA5852

October 1903

ZA168

April 1939

?

VW5084

April 1965

-

-

1991

ZA5853

October 1903

ZA169

March 1939

March 1957

-

-

QS

-

May 1963

ZA5854

December 1903

ZA170

February 1939

February 1959

VW5085

April 1965

-

-

1985

ZA5855

December 1903

ZA171

January 1939

April 1957

VW5086

April 1965

-

-

1996

ZA5856

February 1904

ZA172

January 1939

June 1958

-

-

-

-

September 1965

ZA5857

February 1904

ZA173

January 1941

January 1958

-

-

-

-

November 1970

ZA6270

June 1903

ZA174

October 1940

December 1956

VW5108

July 1966

-

-

 

ZA6271

June 1903

ZA175

January 1940

June 1960

VW5071

October 1961

-

-

1996

ZA6272

July 1903

ZA176

February 1939

March 1957

VC5105

August 1966

VW5105

March 1976

August 1976

ZA6273

June 1903

ZA177

December 1938

October 1958

-

-

-

-

December 1975

ZA6274

July 1903

ZA178

August 1939

July 1960

-

-

-

-

September 1965

ZA6275

July 1903

ZA179

March 1939

October 1958

VW5072

October 1961

-

-

1985

ZA6276

August 1903

ZA180

May 1939

August 1958

VW5134

March 1967

-

-

1986

ZA6277

August 1903

ZA181

December 1938

August 1958

VW5087

April 1965

-

-

1992

ZA6278

August 1903

ZA182

January 1939

June 1958

-

-

QS?

-

January 1964

ZA6279

August 1903

ZA183

September 1939

May 1960

VC5090

December 1969

ZA183

March 1980

November 1985

ZA6280

August 1903

ZA184

January 1939

November 1958

-

-

QS

-

April 1963

ZA6281

September 1903

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

November 1946

ZA6282

October 1903

ZA186

December 1938

May 1958

VW5109

July 1966

-

-

 

ZA6283

October 1903

ZA187

?

June 1958

-

-

QS?

-

December 1963

ZA6284

October 1903

ZA188

?

May 1958

VW5133

March 1967

-

-

1987

This class was rather unlucky with fire. ZA4992 was destroyed by fire at Broomehill on 12 March 1908. It is shown as ‘Rebuilt’ in the February 1909 Weekly Notice. ZA5846 was destroyed in the workshops fire in December 1909 and rebuilt, re-entering service in May 1912.

ZA6281 was the Hopetoun van from June 1910 until November 1946. It never returned to the main system and doesn't seem to have been renumbered ZA185.

Despite in theory being written off from its third career in August 1976 VW5089 (ex ZA5845) was still very much extant and in use well into the 1980's.

 

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