ZS class Bogie Brake vans

In 1965 two (type 17b ) brake vans (494 and 509) were rebuilt with lower roofs and knuckle couplers for bauxite traffic. From 1969 they were reclassified ZS and additional conversions followed although not all ZS class vans had the lower roof.

Both vans in the photos carry a black flash indicating that they are radio fitted.

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

No.

Built as class Z

To ZS

Written off

494

June 1958

November 1969

January 1985

507

February 1959

April 1977

November 1985

509

February 1959

November 1969

January 1985

510

November 1959

December 1976

January 1985

536

September 1962

March 1977

January 1985

539

October 1962

February 1970

November 1985

540

November 1962

March 1970

November 1985

541

September 1962

November 1982

January 1985

550

December 1962

May 1970

January 1985

553

December 1962

October 1976

November 1985

566

March 1966

August 1970

November 1985

The two ZO class brake vans (567 and 568) were produced for Western Mining Corporation (in 1965). They used AY type coach bogies with a 6'-6" wheelbase. They were fitted with knuckle couplers from the outset and dispensed with the dog-box found on W.A.G.R. vans. They had a flatter roof profile to allow them to fit under loading hoppers later used on the ZC and some ZS class vans.

No.

Built as class ZO

To ZS

Written off

567

January 1966

July 1980

October 1987

568

January 1966

April 1980

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The final design of W.A.G.R. brake van (type 18) was also involved in the conversion to ZS. They were similar in layout to the type 17 vans but had plywood sides and a different roof profile. The vans converted to ZS standard had knuckle couplers fitted and in at least some cases the roofs lowered so that they could run under loading hoppers. The last pair, 579 and 580, ran as class ZS from new.

Details of these vans are as follows:

No.

Built as class Z

To ZS

Written off

573

November 1970

December 1982

January 1985

576

December 1970

December 1981

January 1985

579

-

December 1970

August 1985

580

-

December 1970

November 1985

ZS580 was written back as a SC class service van in 1988.

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