ZB - Guards Van


To improve the riding qualities of fixed wheel brakevans, twenty vans were 'ballasted' with three tons of rail. The rail was placed along the floor of the van area and a new floor placed over the top.

Vans of the type _Z__ / _ZL_ type were modified in 1971 and reclassed to ZB, numbers 1 to 20.

The first scrapping was in 1973, with most of the class removed from service in the mid 1980's.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'ZB  '

FileID Description................................................

   AH589 ZB 1, 1978, [oBAU]
   B1487 ZB 1 - part view, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 13/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AS021 ZB 3, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3298 ZB 3, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CN387 ZB 3, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BB662 ZB 5 - rear Apex spcl train, Sandy Creek, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   BA455 ZB 5 - top view, passing, Ebden/Tallangatta, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   BX701 ZB 7 - body, Bet Bet, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AU786 ZB 7 - body with HH 11 body, Bet Bet, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   11485 ZB 8 - partially burnt, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   11486 ZB 8 - partially burnt, with burnt ZL 336, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BP132 ZB 9 - part view, North Melbourne C&W, 20/8/1982, [oPJV]
   AA375 ZB 10 - distant view, [oPJV]
   B3446 ZB 12, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3448 ZB 12 - ceXp, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3447 ZB 12 - ceXq, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BE808 ZB 12 - no cuploa roof, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BG256 ZB 12 - scrapping, cupola roof removed, Newport Workshops, c1984, [oPJV]
   BA260 ZB 13 - lettering/number only, Newport, 18/7/1984, [oPJV]
   BA259 ZB 13 - Metro traffic only, Newport, 18/7/1984, [oPJV]
   BC832 ZB 14, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CY966 ZB 18 - dogbox door broken, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CY965 ZB 18 - dogbox interior detail/door broken, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CY967 ZB 18 - false door step: van to goods area, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CY968 ZB 18 - false floor in goodsvan area, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AO269 ZB 18 - part view, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BC833 ZB 20 - at platform, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   No diagrams found for ZB   

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File c050m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 3/4/2007