M Cattle Van


The cattle van number group ran 1 to 879. The group was in continual service from 1861 until the 1980's. There were major rebuilds to the class from 1893 through 1925. The last of the vans were built in the early 1950's.

A small group of vans were known as "Elephant wagons". They featured an extended roof. They were used for the carriage of circus animals, including elephants. The original group of elephant wagons were wooden construction. These were scrapped during the 1930's and replaced by steel vans.

Through the years the vans have been used for different traffic as vehicle shortages have occurred. They have been used for carrying bagged wheat, last noted in 1923. On account of louvre van shortages in the 1930's, fifty vans were modified with wooden louvres in the side/end gaps and reclassed to _MU_.

There was a start made to replace these vans with MC cattle containers which could be loaded onto container wagons. Containerisation was for utilisation, not for the transhipment ease.

Deregulation removed all cattle traffic from the rails by the mid 1980's.

The containers were stored for many years and then sold interstate

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'M  '

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

   DK420 M - Off Reg, scrapping, Spotswood Rec Depot, 8/6/1977, [oPJV]
   CU378 M - part body as shed, Spotswood Rec Depot, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DF043 M - part view frame/roof, no wooden planks fitted, Newport Workshops, c1928, [oPTC]
   B9985 M - rake of stored/OR vans, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B9970 M - stored rake of cattle vans, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   AN269 M - elephant wagons, [oPTC]
   BG427 M - part view in siding, Hillside, 21/9/1975, [oPJV]
   AA918 M - part views, 1926, [oMDN]
   AU517 M - Pattern type M318 coupled to low roof wooden M, 1950s, [sFXK]
   BB692 M - rake of wagons at cattle siding/race, Shelley, 11/4/1975, [oPJV]
   AB635 M - wooden, 1890, [sFXK]
   CN128 M 3 - s1e2, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BH382 M 9 - 7 vertical, 1974, [oPJV]
   BH368 M 9 - L7, vertical lettering, s2p, [oPJV]
   CZ184 M 9 - s2, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AU443 M 10 - wooden, c1900, [oPTC]
   AU444 M 11 - wooden, roof walk, 8t, c1900, [oPTC]
   BE803 M 28J- s1e2, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BL966 M 38 - part view, Flemington, 20/4/1980, [oPJV]
   DA585 M 56 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BC083 M 57 - part view, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   B1192 M 70 - e1p, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1190 M 70 - e1q, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1198 M 70 - pin handbrake detail: applied postn, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1173 M 70 - rebuilt straight/short WB/pin brake, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1194 M 70 - straight channel detail, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1196 M 70 - underframe detail, Pakenham, 23/3/1978, [oPJV]
   DA576 M 73 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ267 M 73 - s2e1, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ462 M 73 - s2e1, swb, curved frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DA569 M 75 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU239 M 80 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ472 M 91 - s2e1, swb, straight frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU223 M 106 - s1, disc wheels, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA586 M 111 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BB695 M 114 - door detail, Wodonga, 14/1/1974, [oPJV]
   AW771 M 118 - part view, Bairnsdale, 4/11/1967, [oPJV]
   CZ315 M 119 - s2p, curved support to channel, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DK419 M 127 - Off Reg, stored, head of rake, Marong, 15/5/1977, [oPJV]
   AV672 M 127 - s1, straight channel, Castlemaine, 18/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV736 M 129 - s2, bent channel, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   CF741 M 148, Ballarat Workshops, 17/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B9977 M 151 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B9974 M 170 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   DA567 M 185 - s1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA575 M 191 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AM631 M 207, [oPJV]
   CZ617 M 233 - swb, straight frame, s2e1, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DA582 M 236 - s1e1, pin handbrake, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA591 M 241 - s1, lettering: NML 6.73, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA578 M 250 - s1e1, pin handbrake, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CB539 M 252, Whites Siding, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   B9981 M 256 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1601 M 267, Tottenham Yard, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AA055 M 279, [oMDN]
   AA903 M 279 - wood, 1926, [oMDN]
   AU256 M 279 - wooden, c1924, [oMDN]
   AM639 M 283, [sPJV]
   AV738 M 303 - s1, straight channel, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   11064 M 320, Warrenheip, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BP479 M 320 - part view, Bendigo, 27/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BA121 M 320 - s1e2, straight frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BI704 M 322 - part view, Castlemaine, 18/10/1981, [oPJV]
   11238 M 323 - s2e2, Lilydale, 8/4/1978, [oPJV]
   CB369 M 342, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BA123 M 343 - s2, lwb, straight frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BH366 M 344 - s1p, L7, [oPJV]
   BH380 M 344 - Vertical 7 lettering, 1974, [oPJV]
   BA124 M 349 - s2p, lwb, straight frame, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DA598 M 353 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU219 M 353 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CB366 M 357, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB425 M 358 - s1, Seymour, 7/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BA127 M 363 - distant, s2, Bendigo North Workshops, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU242 M 366 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AU558 M 371, 1900s, [sFXK]
   CF524 M 371, Warrenheip, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B9976 M 375 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   BD517 M 378 - e2p, Wodonga, 20/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD516 M 378 - e2q, Wodonga, 20/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD515 M 378 - s2e2, swb, straight frame, Wodonga, 20/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BB976 M 381 - door detail p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BC055 M 381 - door detail q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BB946 M 381 - e2q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BB917 M 381 - s1e2, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD356 M 383 - s2, with M 838, Wodonga, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   AM655 M 389, [sPJV]
   BO487 M 389, Tottenham Yard, c1988, [oPJV]
   DU240 M 395 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CF742 M 396, Ballarat Workshops, 17/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BB887 M 399 - e1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BB863 M 399 - s2e1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BB860 M 399 - s2p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   AM658 M 407, [sPJV]
   DA577 M 409 - s1e1, 1xdisk axle, 1xspoke axle, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   B9982 M 410 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   BL966 M 410 - part view, Flemington, 20/4/1980, [oPJV]
   B9975 M 412 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   DA593 M 414 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU238 M 415 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU221 M 420 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BV107 M 423 - part view, OR, Bendigo Workshops, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]
   DA572 M 455 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AU234 M 468, 10/1909, [oPTC]
   DA588 M 479 - s1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AT679 M 495 - s2, Bendigo, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BH383 M 498 - 7 horizontal, 1974, [oPJV]
   BH369 M 498 - s2p, [oPJV]
   AA905 M 507*- steel, 1926, [oMDN]
   DA592 M 532 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BW569 M 533, Echuca, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DA589 M 544 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AT685 M 620, Bendigo, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   B9980 M 620 - OR/Cond, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   DA587 M 622 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AT176 M 645, North Melbourne, 9/1968, [oPJV]
   BA150 M 645 - s2e1, swb, curved frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   11065 M 646, Warrenheip, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BA151 M 652 - s2, swb, curved frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CB367 M 654, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CN129 M 658 - s1e2c, Off Reg, Marong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BW564 M 664, Echuca, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BA152 M 669 - s2, swb, curved frame, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AM714 M 679, [sPJV]
   AU293 M 679 - Elephant van, Newport Goods Yard, c1975, [oFXK]
   CN130 M 679 - s2e1, Elephant wagon, Off Reg, Marong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   DA584 M 682 - s2, floor straw/manure, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA153 M 684 - s2p, swb, curved frame, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AD351 M 690 - Buffers/AC, 3/1934, [oPTC]
   B1600 M 700, Tottenham Yard, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   11066 M 706, Warrenheip, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AM721 M 713, [sPJV]
   BH207 M 713 - body, scrap road, Newport Workshops, 16/3/1981, [oPJV]
   DU220 M 715 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA565 M 718 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   11067 M 720, Warrenheip, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B1112 M 721, Paisley, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B9984 M 723 - OR/Cond s2p, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B9983 M 723 - OR/Cond s2q, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B9978 M 723 - OR/Cond, crayoned out, Marong, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   BA156 M 735 - s1p, swb, curved frame, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CB538 M 743 - OR / frame only / part repair, Whites Siding, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DA583 M 744 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CB368 M 747, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB371 M 765, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BH381 M 766 - 2 code, 4 number, vertical, 1974, [oPJV]
   BH367 M 766 - s2p, swb, [oPJV]
   DA566 M 772 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AM725 M 773, [sPJV]
   BO003 M 773 - body scrapped, Newport Workshops, 16/3/1981, [oPJV]
   DU243 M 774 - s1, M 3 , 774 5 , Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AQ876 M 774 - with MF, MC containers, Bendigo, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CN131 M 780 - s1e2, 1970s, [oBAU]
   DA590 M 783 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA159 M 786 - s2, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CF740 M 797, Ballarat Workshops, 17/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DU222 M 798 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CP923 M 801*- handbrake lever detail, part s1, Trentham, 1990s, [oPHD]
   CP924 M 801*- part s1/underframe/handbrake levers, Trentham, 1990s, [oPHD]
   CP925 M 801*- s1e1, Trentham, 1990s, [oPHD]
   CP922 M 801*- s2p, Trentham, 1990s, [oPHD]
   BA162 M 802 - s2, straight channel, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BW566 M 803, Echuca, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BV057 M 804, North Geelong Yard, 9/11/1980, [oPJV]
   CB370 M 804, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DA597 M 804 - ID/4 lettering, MS under paint, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA596 M 804 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AM731 M 806, [sPJV]
   BD518 M 815 - part view, Wodonga, 20/4/1975, [oPJV]
   CN133 M 822 - e1p, Dandenong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CN132 M 822 - s1e1c, Dandenong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   DU241 M 829 - s2, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA573 M 830 - s1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BD270 M 834 - e2p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD269 M 834 - e2q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DA568 M 834 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BC083 M 834 - s1e2c, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD356 M 838 - s1, with M 383, Wodonga, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   BA165 M 838 - s1e2, swb, straight frame, Dandenong, c1977, [oRXO]
   CF734 M 841, Ballarat Workshops, 17/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BA166 M 853 - distant, Bendigo North Workshops, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD519 M 854 - distant, Wodonga, 20/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DA595 M 855 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA564 M 867 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA169 M 871 - s2, swb, 7 code, 4 number, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AM732 M 875, [sPJV]
   BA170 M 876 - s2, swb, Terang, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CN134 M 876 - s2e2c, Newmarket, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CN135 M 879 - s1e1, 1970s, [oBAU]
   DA594 M 879 - s1e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CN136 M 879 - s1p, 1970s, [oBAU]
   Diagrams   for  'M  '

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

   AK148 M - sketch / dimensions, [oPJV]
   BF545 M - (4 dia), 1904, [oD04]
   AS693 M - 1 - 318, 419 - 719, diagram M-4, 24/6/1974, [oPTC]
   AS692 M - 319 - 418, diagram M-3, 24/6/1974, [oPTC]
   BF719 M - 5 dia, [sPJV]
   AS694 M - 720 - 879, diagram M-5, 24/6/1974, [oPTC]
   AK445 M - cattle 1 - 418, various, [oPTC]
   AU928 M - Cattle van, 1878, [oPTC]
   BF544 M - Pattern, 319+, 1904, [oD04]
   AX878 M 419, 27/6/1975, [oPTC]
   AK652 M 865 - sketch, c1974, [oPJV]

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File c060m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 15/4/2007