The class AX was recoded from _AF_ motor car transport. The group was numbered 1 - 22.
Between 1969 and 1972 the underframes were strengthened. Some records mention 'new underframe' in the modifications but observation of the same vehicles much later still showed truss bars and splice plates midway along the underframes. The modifications appear to have been new end sills and strengthened centre beams.
In the early 1970's, several wagons were allocated to 'Motorail' service between Melbourne and Mildura on the overnight passenger train. The remaining vehicles were on standard gauge in motor car traffic between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Motorail vehicle on the Mildura line service were numbered 2, 8, 9, 11, 17, 20. They were originally painted dark blue with white lettering. When the tangarine scheme was introduced in 1981 these vehicles were painted in the colour too.
The 1979 recoding saw the class recoded to VMAX.
Vehicles AX 8, 17 were reclassed to VMAY 1979/1980. Other Motorail cars were recoded to VMAX.
Between 1979 and 1980 the remaining wagons were relettered to VMAX.
In 1980, the Motorail wagons were reclassed to VMAY. These were VMAX 2, 9, 11, 20.
In 1991 all the wagons were in storage.
VMAX 7, 15 were scrapped in 1993.
Vehicle history list
Photos for 'AX '
FileID Description................................................AK493 AX - lift/trestle, on row of outside bogie changes, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 20/10/1977, [oPJV]BG820 AX - 3 wagons trailing on Vinelander, Melton, 12/11/1975, [oPJV]BG851 AX - end lettering, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]BG853 AX - eXp, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]BG852 AX - eXq, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]BG664 AX - interior, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]DQ783 AX 2 - s2, empty, Spencer Street, 15/1/1976, [oRXO]CG045 AX 5 - ldd cars, s2, Mildura, 21/4/1978, [oPJV]AA762 AX 6, [oPJV]CC286 AX 7, Spencer Street, 1/4/1979, [oPJV]CB876 AX 7 - old u/f, Albury, NSW, 6/4/1979, [oPJV]CM947 AX 8 - MOTORAIL, Spencer Street, 1970s, [oBAU]DQ784 AX 8 - s1e2 at platform, empty, Spencer Street, 25/8/1976, [oRXO]DN705 AX 8 - s2e1 clear, MOTORAIL, Spencer Street, 15/11/1976, [oRXO]CG290 AX 11 - Motorail, Mildura, 20/4/1978, [oPJV]DQ785 AX 11 - s2, Motorail sign, empty, Spencer Street, 15/11/1976, [oRXO]DS101 AX 12 - s2p, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/9/1980, [oPJV]BY899 AX 12 - s2q, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/9/1980, [oPJV]BH420 AX 13 - new underframe, South Dynon, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]BH421 AX 14 - new underframe, South Dynon, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]AA757 AX 15, [oPJV]AW816 AX 15 - part view plain bearing bogies, Sunshine, MayHol1967, [oPJV]AA758 AX 15 - plain bearings, BG, 5/1967, [oPJV]AA759 AX 16, [oPJV]CG291 AX 17 - Motorail ldd, Mildura, 20/4/1978, [oPJV]AA760 AX 20, [oPJV]CG043 AX 20 - ldd cars, s1, old uf, Mildura, 21/4/1978, [oPJV]DQ786 AX 20 - Motorail sign, s1, empty at platform, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
No diagrams found for AX
Photos for 'VMAX '
FileID Description................................................AR517 VMAX 2, [sPJV]CA959 VMAX 2 - lettering/bogie, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 16/4/1979, [oPJV]CA960 VMAX 2 - old u/frame, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 16/4/1979, [oPJV]BV094 VMAX 4, Castlemaine, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]BQ103 VMAX 11 - VR, Spencer Street, 23/2/1980, [oPJV]AW403 VMAX 13 - part view, in shunt collision, Canal Zone, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]BO044 VMAX 15 - s1e2, North Melbourne C&W, 6/2/1981, [oPJV]BQ106 VMAX 17 - track connectors shown down, eX, Spencer Street, 23/2/1980, [oPJV]BQ104 VMAX 17 - VR MOTORAIL, Spencer Street, 23/2/1980, [oPJV]BQ105 VMAX 17 - VR MOTORAIL lettering, Spencer Street, 23/2/1980, [oPJV]AV083 VMAX 18U- lettering only, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 26/9/1983, [oPJV]
No diagrams found for VMAX
File c063m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 16/4/2007