AJ later ZJ class Bogie Brake vans

The photo above shows one of the AJ's as running in the 1920s with the electric tail lights in the original low position.

In 1902 the first ten of the twenty-three AJ class passenger brake vans was delivered. These had no passenger accommodation but were used exclusively on passenger trains and so they had a coach class designation (i.e. beginning with the letter A) and were numbered in the carriage series. The first ten were built by the Ashbury carriage and Wagon Co. The bodies were 7'-4" wide and 49'-2" long and they originally had 5'-6" wheelbase coach bogies. Later they all had 6'-3" wheelbase bogies.

Number

Issued to traffic

New 6'-3" bogies

Green and Cream

Written off

AJ263

May 1902

?

Never

October 1957

AJ264

May 1902

?

Never

December 1954

AJ265

May 1902

February 1923

December 1963

April 1978

AJ266

May 1902

?

February 1963?

March 1992

AJ267

May 1902

?

October 1966

March 1984

AJ268

August 1902

?

May 1962

April 1978

AJ269

August 1902

?

September 1966

January 1980

AJ270

August 1902

?

May 1962

November 1985

AJ271

August 1902

?

May 1962

July 1981

AJ272

August 1902

May 1923

September 1960

August 1979

 

There are newspaper reports of a brake van being destroyed by fire at Malcolm on 7 November 1904.  It seems this was AJ266 as this van was recorded as "rebuilt" in September 1905.

The second batch of ten built in 1906/7 by Westralia Ironworks and W.A.G.R. were wider (7'-11 3/4") but otherwise identical. A final batch of three built by W.A.G.R. appeared in 1919. The AJ's all seem to have been re-equipped with 6'-3" wheelbase bogies at some point in the early 1920's and probably got electric light at the same time.

Number

Issued to traffic

Built by

New bogies

Green and Cream

Written off

AJ359

February 1907

Westralia Ironworks

?

June 1965

August 1973

AJ360

February 1907

Westralia Ironworks

?

Never

January 1949

AJ361

February 1907

Westralia Ironworks

May 1924

1964/5?

July 1981

AJ362

February 1907

Westralia Ironworks

?

1964/5?

July 1985

AJ363

February 1907

Westralia Ironworks

?

June 1965

April 1978

AJ364

December 1906

W.A.G.R.

?

April 1965

July 1981

AJ365

December 1906

W.A.G.R.

?

September 1964

July 1981

AJ366

January 1907

W.A.G.R.

December 1921

June 1964

April 1978

AJ367

January 1907

W.A.G.R.

?

January 1961?

July 1981

AJ368

January 1907

W.A.G.R.

?

1964/5?

October 1974

AJ427

July 1919

W.A.G.R.

From New?

June 1948 and September 1960

September 1982

AJ428

1919

W.A.G.R.

From New?

Never?

June 1957

AJ429

1919

W.A.G.R.

From New?

1964/5?

July 1985

Some AJ's got redundant bogies from AZ class sleeping cars when the AZ's had new ones fitted in the late thirties.

The vans known to have been involved are 362 (from December 1938), 363 (from September 1938), 364 (from April 1939) and 367 (from July 1938). They are also noted as being fitted with electric light at this time.

Numbers 267,269 and 272 gained milk shelves in 1923 whilst 272 was fitted with a cool chamber in July 1944. They were all reclassified ZJ in June 1940.

 Some of the ZJ's gained end gangways at some time. Vans known to have had this feature are 272, 367 and 427. This is shown in the end view of 427 at left. It is know that 367 gained its gangway in November 1947.

 

 
Some of the vans were repainted Green and cream in 1948 but during the 1950's all became plain green. Repainting in Green and Cream started again in the early 1960's

In 1965 number 367 was rebuilt with a freezer compartment with special doors (rather than the cool chamber that most of the other vans had).

 

It seems probable that ZJ429 was the only member of the class to be repainted yellow but I stand to be corrected on this one. 

 

Number 363, which suffered collision damage, was given a new plywood body in June 1967. The new body had no overhanging roof and thus it ended up looking rather different from the other members of the class.

The final ZJ class brake van was a rather different beast altogether. In February 1930 ZA class brake van 9346 was rebuilt as an AJ class van. It was shorter than the rest of the class at only 42'-0" long. It was fitted with electric light in August 1930 and became a ZJ along with the rest of the class in June 1940. In September 1948 it was converted into bullion van number VY5000.

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