Victorian Goldfields Railway

STOCK REGISTER - Part VI - GOODS (A-M)

'B' - 4 WHEEL BOX WAGON

B256 at Maldon.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: B256 at Maldon

380 of these metal 14 ton capacity steel box wagons (Nos 1 - 380) were built at the Bendigo North Workshops between 1958 and 1961.

  • B256
    • Obtained from Mildura where it had been used as car cleaners' store.
    • Certified for use on VGR

'G' & 'GY' - 4 WHEEL OPEN TRUCK FOR BULK GRAIN & GENERAL PURPOSE

G 828 at Maldon.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: G828 at Maldon

These vehicles were built between 1939 and 1953, either as GY's (16-22 ton bulk grain) or HY's (22 ton open). Eventually a total of 6070 units were in service:-
4789 units built as GY's
1261 units built as HY's
20 units purchased from A.P.M. in 1956

The 'HY's' were grain-proofed and recoded 'GY' during the 1960's.
Reclassed 'G' during the 1970's if unsuitable for bulk grain use.

VGR has 2 units in service and 11 units stored

  • G 142
    • Built at Ballarat Workshops between 1939 and 1943
    • In VGR service
  • G 362 [C]
    • Built at Newport Workshops between 1939 and 1943
  • G 623
    • Built at Ballarat Workshops between 1939 and 1943
  • G 828
    • Built at Newport Workshops between 1939 and 1943
    • In VGR service
  • G 4014
    • One of 750 GY trucks built by Metro Cammel C. & W. Co., England, between 1951 and 1953
  • G 4047
    • One of 750 GY trucks built by Metro Cammel C. & W. Co., England, between 1951 and 1953.
    • 1981 Reclassified G 4047
  • G 5169[M]
    • One of 1020 GY trucks built by A.E. Goodwin, N.S.W., between 1950 and 1954.
  • G 6018
    • One of 500 GY trucks built by Pressed Steel Co., England, 1951- 52.
    • Reclassified G 6018 in 1981
  • G 16312
    • Built as HY at Newport Workshops 1948 - 50.
    • Converted to GY during 1960's
  • GY xxx
  • GY 3451[Y]
    • One of 750 GY trucks built by Birmingham Railway Car & Wagon Co., England, between 1950 and 1954.
    • 1953 Built as 'GY'.
  • GY 3895
    • One of 750 GY trucks built by Metro Cammel C. & W. Co., England, between 1951 and 1953.
  • GY 15933 [W]
    • 1948-50 Built as HY at Newport Workshops.
    • 1960's Converted to GY

'GH' - 4 WHEEL BULK GRAIN HOPPER

GH447 at Castlemaine.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: GH447 at Castlemaine

A programme of converting GY trucks to bulk grain hopper units commenced in 1979.

  • GH 447[X]
  • GH 522[A]
    • 1949 Built at Newport Workshops as HY 16134.
    • 1962 Grain-proofed for transport of bulk grain and recoded GY 16134.
    • 1980 Rebuilt at Bendigo Workshops with a hopper, recoded GH 522

'H' - 4 WHEEL TIMBER BOX VAN

H van at Maldon.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: H van at Maldon

Both units in the collection were in a group of 10 casualty trucks built at Newport Workshops 1900-01. Built with Westinghouse air brake fitted.

  • 11 H
    • 1900 Built at Newport Workshops.
    • 1933 Modified with transition hook.
    • **** Breakdown van at Hamilton.
    • 1956 Modified for autocoupling - transition with buffers.
    • 1979 Off VR register
  • 16 H
    • 1900 Built at Newport Workshops.
    • 1933 Modified with transition hook.
    • **** Breakdown van at Echuca.
    • 1956 Modified for autocoupling - transition with buffers
    • 1979 Off VR register

'HD' - 4 WHEEL RAILWAY SERVICE VEHICLES

HD 38 at Muckleford.  VGR Photo by William Maylor
Photo: HD38 at Muckleford

Converted from vehicles no longer required for revenue service, such as H box vans, U louvre vans and I and IA open wagons, for use by the Victorian Railways for departmental purposes.

  • HD 38
    • Built at Newport Workshops as I open wagon.
    • 1935 top operated Alliance Automatic couplers fitted.
    • **** reclassified IA 804.
    • 1957 converted - reclassified HD 38.
  • HD 49
    • See entry for U 102.
  • HD 106
    • Built at the Newport Workshops a U 321 an 18' steel louvre van.
    • 1931 Modified with top operated Alliance automatic couplers.
    • 1974 Converted to HD 106 at the North Melbourne Workshops.
    • 1980's Based at Bendigo.
  • HD 193
    • 1916 Built at Newport Workshops as I 14813 open wagon.
    • 1933 Modified for automatic coupling.
    • **** Reclassified IA 14813
    • 1961 Converted to HD 193 at Ballarat Workshops, (raised sides, modified doors, roof added).
    • Stencilled with notice:-
      TRANSFER VEHICLE
      JOLIMONT BALLARAT NTH
      BENDIGO W'SHOPS
    • 1979 Off VR register.
    • NB - fitted with buffers and transition couplers.
  • HD 239
    • 1911 Built at Newport Workshops as 6 wheel iced van T 222
    • 1933 Modified with top operated Alliance automatic coupling, converted to 4 wheel.
    • 1974 Converted at Newport Workshops to HD 239

'HZL' - 4 WHEEL WORKSHOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE

Vehicles converted for the transport of wheel sets, etc. between workshops.

  • HZL 212[V]
    • 1919 Built as 6 wheel metal louvre van U 989.
    • 1933 Modified for automatic coupling.
    • **** Converted to 4 wheel
    • **** Modified for use by Rolling Stock Branch as Motor Bogie Transport vehicle and reclassified HR78.
    • 1985 Reclassified HZL 212.
  • HZL 251 [R] - Flat wagon with 8 segment deck
    • Ex HR-28

'I' - 4 WHEEL GENERAL PURPOSE TRUCK

The "I" wagons first entered service on the Victorian Railways in 1908. Over eight thousand of these general-purpose vehicles were built. Following the introduction of the "GY" and "HY" units many "I" trucks were converted to specialist usage wagons. By 1982 all "I" wagons had been removed from revenue service.

  • I? xxx
    • Received Nov. 1999 from Bright Station Museum

'J' - 4 WHEEL BULK CEMENT HOPPER

J9 at Castlemaine.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: J9 at Castlemaine

Originally coded ' X' class, twenty (Nos 8 - 27) of these 640 cu. ft capacity air discharge bulk cement hoppers were built at Newport and Ballarat Workshops 1959 - 60. Reclassed 'J' in 1963. 50 similar units (Nos 28-77) with 810 cu. ft capacity were built at Newport & Ballarat during 1960.

  • J 9
    • 1959 built as X9
    • 1963 reclassified J9

'L' 4 WHEEL SHEEP VAN

L 1379 at Maldon.  VGR Photo by William Maylor

  • L 1359 At Castlemaine
  • L 1365 [P] At Castlemaine
  • L 1379 [V] Certified for use on VGR
  • L 1400 Certified for use on VGR
  • L 1408 [D] At Castlemaine

'M' 4 WHEEL CATTLE TRUCK

M766 at Castlemaine.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: M766 at Castlemaine

  • M 196 [X]
    • 1880 Built by Carlton and Ferguson. Wooden body to carry 7 tons
    • 1910 - 1925 Rebuilt with iron top, load increased to 10 tons
  • M 766 [D]

'MF' BOGIE CATTLE TRUCK

MF1 at Castlemaine.  VGR Photo by Peter Mellor
Photo: MF1 at Castlemaine

Twenty-five of these cattle wagons were built at Newport Workshops in 1928, classed MM. Capacity for 18 beasts. Between 1965 and 1973 the wagons were fitted with roller bearing bogies for use on fast freight trains.

  • MF 1
    • Believed to be the only example of Victorian Railways bogie cattle truck remaining.

Continued .. Goods (N-Z)