BVE / BE / BEL / BES - Express Second Class Car


BVE

New express stock cars were built and issued to service from 1906. The Second Class cars were coded BVE. Presumably the 'E' designating 'Express'.

Car numbers 1 to 31 were built between 1906 and 1909.

In the 1910 recoding the class was relettered to BE, with the same numbers retained.

BE

Eight more cars were built in 1910. This brought the car numbers to 1 to 39.

Four V&SA Joint Stock cars were built in South Australia in 1923. Cars already in Joint Stock service were numbered 5 to 10.

Cars BE 44 to BE 48 were converted from BDSE mail sorting cars during 1922 and 1929.

BE 49 was altered from _AE_ 36 in 1961. This was the first VR air-con car and featured an air con duct along one side of the pent roof. It was scrapped in 1978 after a rather nasty derailment at Laverton.

Cars BE 50 to BE 61 were altered from AE / ABE_ cars during 1981. This was the start of the transition from wooden stock to all steel cars, altered rostering and the makeup of carriages into small fixed sets.

To overcome problems with different seating capacities within the BE group, two prefixes were added to the class in 1982. Using the standard BE capacity of 72 passengers, cars with a greater capacity ( 76 passengers ) were coded BEL_ and cars with less capacity ( 64 passengers ) were coded BES_

BEL

Cars listed as BEL were 44 to 47 converted from BE cars with the same number. The author has only traced BEL car numbers 44 to 46 to date.

BES

Cars BE 50, 53, 55 - 61 were reclassed to BES, same numbers, during 1982. All these cars were withdrawn during 1983/1984. One official publication only shows BES cars as numbers 53 to 61.

Vehicle history list

   No photos found for BVE   
   Diagrams   for  'BVE  '

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

   AS384 BVE - 1 - 4, 1906, [oPTC]
   BF626 BVE - 1-4, 1908, [sPJV]
   BF621 BVE - 5-10 JS, 1908, [sPJV]
   Photos   for  'BE  '

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

   AJ016 BE - body, car ex Kevin Dennis - 1, Daylesford, [oPJV]
   AJ017 BE - body, car ex Kevin Dennis - 2, Daylesford, [oPJV]
   AJ018 BE - body, car ex Kevin Dennis - 3, Daylesford, [oPJV]
   AK074 BE - car behind hotel, body, Daylesford, [sPJV]
   AB074 BE - car end, emergency chain tap, 1996, [sPJV]
   AA964 BE - V&SA, 1925, [oMDN]
   BD060 BE 1, Spencer Street, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD200 BE 1 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD071 BE 3 - s1, Spencer Street, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   AB078 BE 4, Spencer Street, c1976, [oPJV]
   CG047 BE 4 - s1, Mildura, 21/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AB081 BE 6 - V&S, stored, Newport Workshops, c1975, [oPJV]
   AB082 BE 7 - V&SA, stored, Newport Workshops, c1975, [oPJV]
   BI672 BE 12 - s1, Flinders Street Yard, 15/4/1983, [oPJV]
   AB075 BE 15, Maldon, 1996, [sPJV]
   AB076 BE 16, c1976, [oPJV]
   BA519 BE 18 - s2p, Wodonga, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   B1135 BE 19, Spencer Street, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B1136 BE 19 - oe, Spencer Street, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CM960 BE 21, 1970s, [oBAU]
   AV849 BE 22 - s2, Spencer St, 11/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BD082 BE 23 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   CC258 BE 23 - s2e1 6wheels, Flinders Street Yard, 4/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BM875 BE 24 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BD093 BE 25 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BV118 BE 27 - part view, Bendigo Workshops, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BD104 BE 27 - s2, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BF928 BE 27 - scrapping, undergear chopped, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1981, [oPJV]
   AV825 BE 29 - s1, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BD109 BE 31 - s2, aircon, far end, Flinders Street, 20/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DP002 BE 34 - platform view, red/yellow, Kardella , Nyora, 6/12/2003, [oPJV]
   CM961 BE 34 - s2e1, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BD110 BE 36 - s2, Spencer Street, 20/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AV848 BE 38 - s2, Spencer Street, 11/2/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ039 BE 39 - battery box, 26/6/2003, [sPJV]
   CZ040 BE 39 - part s1/battery box/lettering, 26/6/2003, [sPJV]
   CZ042 BE 39 - s1, preserved on short track, 26/6/2003, [sPJV]
   CZ043 BE 39 - s1e2, preserved, 26/6/2003, [sPJV]
   CZ041 BE 39 - s2, preserved, 26/6/2003, [sPJV]
   BK739 BE 48 - on scrap road, Newport Workshops, 29/10/1982, [oPJV]
   BD111 BE 48 - s2, Bendigo, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AB079 BE 49, [sPJV]
   AV834 BE 49 - e2p, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   AV833 BE 49 - e2q, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   AV828 BE 49 - s1p, no duct, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   AV829 BE 49 - s1q, no duct, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   AB080 BE 50, c1977, [oPJV]
   BD112 BE 50 - s2e2, aircon, this end, Spencer Street, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BY022 BE 51 - s1e2, Flinders Street, 30/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD113 BE 52 - s1e2, aircon, this end, Spencer Street, 20/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD114 BE 52 - s2e1, aircon, far end, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BB958 BE 53 - s1e2, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ272 BE 53 - s2e1, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BF803 BE 54 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 25/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BE597 BE 55 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 24/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BI705 BE 56 - s1, Bendigo, 18/10/1981, [oPJV]
   BE577 BE 57, Flinders Street Yard, 19/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BC043 BE 58 - e1 continuity BP gauge, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BC042 BE 58 - e2 continuity BP gauge, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BC041 BE 58 - s2, disc wheels, end of train gear, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BE575 BE 59 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 19/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BF801 BE 59 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 25/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BE465 BE 61, Newport Workshops, 3/9/1981, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'BE  '

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

   BF655 BE - (BVE), [sPJV]
   AQ040 BE - 1-4, 11-39, 1914, [sPJV]
   BF645 BE - 4compts, Post Office, [sPJV]
   AQ041 BE - 5 to 10, 1907, [sMVP]
   BF652 BE - JS, [sPJV]
   Photos   for  'BEL  '

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

   BQ578 BEL 45, Flinders Street Yard, 10/10/1984, [oPJV]
   AV496 BEL 46 - s1, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AV078 BEL 46 - s2, Flinders Street Yard, 6/6/1983, [oPJV]
   BQ577 BEL 47, Flinders Street Yard, 10/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ606 BEL 47 - axle generator, Flinders Street Yard, 6/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ603 BEL 47 - e2 profile, Flinders Street Yard, 6/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ604 BEL 47 - e2 side door/window, Flinders Street Yard, 6/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ605 BEL 47 - s2e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 6/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ602 BEL 47 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 6/11/1984, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for BEL   
   Photos   for  'BES  '

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

   AX990 BES 50 - e2 3/4 /aircon end, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AX991 BES 50 - e2 gauge and west end lettering, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AX989 BES 50 - e2 perp/aircon end, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AX992 BES 50 - handbrake, photo id, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AV615 BES 50 - s2, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]
   BO806 BES 55 - lettering, Spencer Street, 3/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BB125 BES 55 - s1, Newport Workshops, 18/7/1984, [oPJV]
   BO805 BES 55 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 3/9/1982, [oPJV]
   AH109 BES 56 - body on truck at site, 1996, [oGRE]
   BQ576 BES 58, Flinders Street Yard, 10/10/1984, [oPJV]
   AV205 BES 60 - 3 axle bogies, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AV475 BES 60 - ID, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for BES   

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File c132m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 27/6/2007