CM - Suburban Parcels Coach


Parcels coaches were considered in the electrification planning of 1908-1914. They were to reduce the parcels and correspondence load from normal suburban trains.

In 1921 the railways began building parcels coaches. By 1923 there were five in service, coded CM, numbers 1 - 5. They were used in parcels and correspondence transfer removing most of this traffic from regular suburban trains. In later years they performed duties as

Car 3CM was built new with a raised centre cupola for inspection of overhead. Correspondence aludes to the fact that the the Electrical Engineering Branch paid for the modification, if not the entire coach. This coach was available for inspection service as required.

A spare car at Jolimont Workshops was used as a coach during extra traffic or when one of the CM's required repairs. This was 156 _M__. The first mention of this car as a parcels coach dates to 1923. A plausible reason for that car being 'spare' is covered in the M swing door history.

In 1955 more CM vans were needed. These extra vans were modified from double ended swing doors cars then being withdrawn from service.

A conversion plan was considered in the mid 1960s. A proposal was made to fit the coaches with VLX style sliding doors.

Parcels coach traffic was not required from about 1988 when road trucks were used.

Types

CM 1, 2 were Tait type clerestory roof vans.

CM 3 was built with arch roof and overhead inspection cupola.

CM 4, 5 were Tait type arch roof vans.

CM 10 - 13 were double ended swing door M cars converted for coach service.

CM 14, 15 were swing door M cars converted temporarily.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'CM  '

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

   AQ515 CM - Dn coach, Dn Harris, Up briquettes, Spencer Street, 4/9/1977, [oPJV]
   AQ194 CM - tows in dead Tait set, Flinders Street, c1976, [oPJV]
   BT233 CM - 4 x CMs in Collies: 4-10-3-(1/2), Flinders Street Yard, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   AW593 CM - lift, Jolimont Workshops, c1918, [sMDN]
   AJ002 CM 1, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   DJ261 CM 1, [sPJV]
   AJ003 CM 1, Caulfield, c1934, [sPJV]
   BA915 CM 1 - ahead of 3 car Tait, Sandringham, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA911 CM 1 - e1, guards desk, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA910 CM 1 - e1, interior van, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA914 CM 1 - e2, cab fuse switch, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA913 CM 1 - e2, shelves, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA906 CM 1 - guards seat/handbrake, e1, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA907 CM 1 - headlight cover, e1, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA908 CM 1 - interior, e2 to e1, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BA909 CM 1 - interior, roof light, bike hooks, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   DK648 CM 1 - night view, coaches at Parcels dock, Flinders Street, 11/1977, [oPJV]
   BA410 CM 1 - old signs, Spencer Street, 1950s, [sNET]
   BB553 CM 1 - plat 1, Harris plat 2, Flinders Street, 2/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BA912 CM 1 - roof light / bike hooks, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BG332 CM 1 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   DJ386 CM 1 - s1e2c, Flinders Street Yard, 24/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BG400 CM 1 - s1p, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   CU285 CM 1 - Up coach, Caulfield, 6/7/1977, [oPJV]
   DK390 CM 1 - with CM 3, Flinders Street Yard, 24/4/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ262 CM 2, [sPJV]
   BD231 CM 2, Spencer Street, 8/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AJ007 CM 2, Frankston, 6/11/1978, [oPJV]
   AG254 CM 2, [oPJV]
   11398 CM 2 - e1p, Frankston, 6/4/1978, [oPJV]
   11397 CM 2 - e1q, Frankston, 6/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AG257 CM 2 - eXp, [oPJV]
   AG256 CM 2 - eXq, [oPJV]
   11396 CM 2 - s1e1c panto up, Frankston, 6/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DJ388 CM 2 - s2e1c, Jolimont Workshops, 12/3/1984, [oPJV]
   AX251 CM 2 - Up coach, wait line, Northcote, 16/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AX253 CM 2 - Up coach, wait line, Up M&K set, Northcote, 16/11/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ263 CM 3, [sPJV]
   AJ008 CM 3 - 1, GE panto, Flinders Street, 17/11/1974, [oPJV]
   AJ009 CM 3 - 2, single arm panto, Flinders Street Yard, 29/10/1976, [oPJV]
   DK390 CM 3 - 2nd car, Flinders Street Yard, 24/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BE741 CM 3 - 3 coaches stabled, bottom end Collies, Flinders Street Yard, 6/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BT233 CM 3 - 3rd coach, Flinders Street Yard, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   CB249 CM 3 - 531M-561M-3CM-763M-563M 3pm ex Tgon, Flinders Street Yard, 9/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ385 CM 3 - corre desk/light shade, e1, hand pump box, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ384 CM 3 - corre desk/light shade, e2, transition coupler, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   AV881 CM 3 - cupola, roof detail, Flinders Street Yard, 10/1/1978, [oPJV]
   DJ379 CM 3 - e2 cab/roof damage, Jolimont Workshops, 8/4/1985, [oPJV]
   AF847 CM 3 - Faiveley panto, c1968, [oJXW]
   AJ010 CM 3 - fitted Faiveley panto, c1965, [oJOW]
   AW419 CM 3 - Fitters assist vehicle 2, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1981, [oPJV]
   AW414 CM 3 - Fitters support to 771M cracked wheel, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1981, [oPJV]
   B2843 CM 3 - grease can/pump, Jolimont Workshops, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B1742 CM 3 - greaser 389M-3CM-446M 2nd trip, Jolimont Workshops, 3/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B1738 CM 3 - Greaser 446M-3CM-389M, 2nd trip, Jolimont Workshops, 3/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DJ381 CM 3 - guards seat/side/handbrake, e1, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   B1159 CM 3 - in greaser set, Flinders Street, 26/3/1979, [oPJV]
   11402 CM 3 - in greaser set, Frankston, 6/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AA146 CM 3 - MV test pan, stagger marks, white horns, visual tests, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DL169 CM 3 - on greaser, Jolimont Workshops, 1/3/1980, [oPJV]
   B2838 CM 3 - on greaser, Jolimont Workshops, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DL186 CM 3 - on greaser, Jolimont Workshops, 3/3/1980, [oPJV]
   DK551 CM 3 - on greaser 201M-3CM-204M, Flinders Street Yard, 13/10/1978, [oPJV]
   CB250 CM 3 - on greaser ex Tgon MM-CM-MM, Flinders Street Yard, 9/4/1979, [oPJV]
   B3198 CM 3 - on greaser: 275M-3CM-399M, Jolimont Workshops, 24/3/1979, [oPJV]
   11308 CM 3 - panto with grease line/details, Jolimont Workshops, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DJ383 CM 3 - parcels van/corre desk, e2, interior, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ382 CM 3 - parcels van/corre desk/hand pump box, e1, interior, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BD448 CM 3 - part view, Flinders Street, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BP659 CM 3 - part view, as Greaser, Jolimont Workshops, 1/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AE991 CM 3 - roof, 1976, [oPJV]
   B2842 CM 3 - roof/grease hose, Jolimont Workshops, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B1158 CM 3 - roof/look down, Flinders Street, 26/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B2844 CM 3 - roof/side/grease line, Jolimont Workshops, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   CU559 CM 3 - roof/test pan, 5/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ389 CM 3 - s1, in greaser set, comm wire, temp board/cupola, Jolimont Workshops, 3/3/1980, [oPJV]
   DL342 CM 3 - s1e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 17/4/1980, [oPJV]
   CU667 CM 3 - s1e1c, special visual test panto, Flinders Street Yard, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ387 CM 3 - s2e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 24/4/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ380 CM 3 - s2e2c, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ378 CM 3 - s2e2c, #2 cab damaged, Jolimont Workshops, 8/4/1985, [oPJV]
   AE985 CM 3 - sXp, [oPJV]
   AE984 CM 3 - sXq, [oPJV]
   CU558 CM 3 - test pan, 2 marks for visual testing, 5/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ264 CM 4, [sPJV]
   AJ011 CM 4, Flinders Street, 2/11/1976, [oPJV]
   AJ012 CM 4, Daylesford, 1996, [oPJV]
   BT233 CM 4 - 4 x CMs in Collies: 4-10-3-(1/2), Flinders Street Yard, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   BD789 CM 4 - 4 x stabled, Flinders Street Yard, 30/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BS900 CM 4 - leads 4 x CMs, HBE set, Flinders Street Yard, 30/11/1984, [oPJV]
   AR390 CM 4 - part view, GE panto, Spencer St, 6/10/1968, [oPJV]
   DJ249 CM 4 - s1e2c, Upper Ferntree Gully coach, centre track, wlc, Ringwood, 17/12/1977, [oPJV]
   DL277 CM 4 - s2e1c, small collision damage in corner, Jolimont Workshops, 19/7/1980, [oPJV]
   DI557 CM 4 - s2e2c, Down Upper Ferntree Gully coach waits line, Ringwood, 17/12/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ745 CM 4 - Up, s2e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 22/6/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ265 CM 5, [sPJV]
   AE980 CM 5, [oPJV]
   AJ014 CM 5 - 2, Flinders Street, 26/12/1977, [oPJV]
   BE748 CM 5 - GE pan, Flinders Street Yard, 27/6/1975, [oPJV]
   AJ013 CM 5 - GE panto, Flinders Street Yard, 26/6/1975, [oPJV]
   BI033 CM 5 - leads all 9 coaches in one road, Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BB555 CM 5 - parcels dock, Spencer Street, 2/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BB554 CM 5 - parcels dock, Spencer Street, 2/8/1984, [oPJV]
   DL341 CM 5 - s2e2c, CM 3 part view, Flinders Street Yard, 17/4/1980, [oPJV]
   AJ004 CM 10, Flinders Street, 28/5/1975, [oPJV]
   DJ266 CM 10, [sPJV]
   BT233 CM 10 - 2nd coach, Flinders Street Yard, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   BD448 CM 10 - 5 x CM move, FS Dock to Yard, Flinders Street, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   DJ251 CM 10 - s1e1c, stabled, 1 St Kilda sdg, Flinders Street Yard, 22/4/1980, [oPJV]
   DL355 CM 10 - s2e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 22/4/1980, [oPJV]
   DJ252 CM 10 - s2e1c, MV panto, Flinders Street Yard, 25/3/1983, [oRXO]
   DJ250 CM 10 - s2e1c, stabled, Flinders Street Yard, 17/12/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ267 CM 11, [sPJV]
   DJ257 CM 11 - bogie/headstock collision damge, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ254 CM 11 - e1p, Frankston, 14/9/1981, [oPJV]
   DJ256 CM 11 - e2p, buffer collision damage/Spencer Street, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ290 CM 11 - floor damge, #2 end, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ291 CM 11 - floor/cab damge, #2 end, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   DL587 CM 11 - fresh paint/lift, s2e2c, Jolimont Workshops, 31/12/1980, [oPJV]
   AJ005 CM 11 - GE panto, Flinders Street, 17/11/1974, [oPJV]
   DJ258 CM 11 - interior #2 end cab/floor damage, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   BD448 CM 11 - part view, Flinders Street, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   DJ255 CM 11 - s1e1c, damaged from buffer collision Spencer St dock, Newport Workshops, 18/3/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ253 CM 11 - s1e1c, Up coach ready to dock, Frankston, 14/9/1981, [oPJV]
   AJ006 CM 12, Flinders Street Yard, 10/10/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ268 CM 12, [sPJV]
   AM748 CM 12, Flinders St, 9/1968, [oPJV]
   CT648 CM 12 - no panto, with trailing CM 13, no panto, Jolimont Workshops, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   CU309 CM 12 - on transfer/part view, Flinders Street Yard, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   BD448 CM 12 - part view, Flinders Street, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   AM209 CM 12 - platform trollies, Flinders St, 9/1968, [oPJV]
   AT677 CM 12 - unloading, Resevoir, 15/6/1983, [oPJV]
   AT678 CM 12 - unloading/2, Resevoir, 15/6/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ269 CM 13, [sPJV]
   DJ284 CM 13 - #1 end compartment to #2 end, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK167 CM 13 - #1 end drivers cab/controls/van, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK170 CM 13 - #1 end drivers controls/view, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK166 CM 13 - #1 end guards side/van, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK168 CM 13 - #1 end rear side of fuse/switch panel/bypass, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK169 CM 13 - #1 end, destination box/gauges, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK165 CM 13 - #2 end cab controls, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ281 CM 13 - #2 end driving controls, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ282 CM 13 - #2 end guards side/handbrake, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ283 CM 13 - #2 end parcels van end to drivers cab, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK172 CM 13 - cast VR door plate, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK171 CM 13 - detail: VR door plate, leather door strap, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BD789 CM 13 - heads row of stabled CMs in collies, Flinders Street Yard, 30/8/1984, [oPJV]
   DJ286 CM 13 - interior #1 end/guards/correspondence desk/guards van, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ285 CM 13 - Interior, #1 end to #2 end, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   CU309 CM 13 - on transfer/part view, Flinders Street Yard, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ287 CM 13 - panto pump box, seat down, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ288 CM 13 - panto pump box, seat raised, pump assembled, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BE029 CM 13 - part view, Jolimont Workshops, 22/8/1984, [oPJV]
   AV185 CM 13 - row of 5 CM s, Colly sdgs, Flinders Street Yard, 6/6/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ289 CM 13 - s1e1c, Dandenong, 25/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DK506 CM 13 - s1e1c, Jolimont Workshops, 8/4/1985, [oPJV]
   CT648 CM 13 - trailing CM 12, no panto, Jolimont Workshops, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
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File c106m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 1/6/2007