BPL - Bogie Excursion Car


The "PL" group were built on the underframes of swing door cars made surplus when the bodies were placed onto electric motor car underframes. These underframes were originally from carriages of 45' and 50' in length built 1886 - 1902. The underframes were lengthened with splices when the cars were modified to increase passenger seating.

The second class excursion cars were coded BPL: B - Second Class, P - passageway (centre aisle down the car), L - Lavatory fitted.

There were fifty five BPL carriages built between 1919 and 1921. The number group was eventually 1 - 126. There were conversions from the First Class cars, APL_.

In 1932/33, fifteen APL cars were converted to BPL. These cars were later recoded and renumbered back to APL. When the fleet of APL cars were reclassified to BPL in the mid 1960's, the APL cars previously coded BPL were not given their old "BPL" number back. This led to the same BPL number being occupied by different cars thirty years later.

They were affectionately known as "Bouncing Passenger Lounges" and were removed from service by the early 1980's.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BPL  '

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

   B3590 BPL - bogie, Korumburra, 27/8/1978, [oPJV]
   B3591 BPL - bogie / welded support, c1976, [oPJV]
   11242 BPL - 3 x cars/94, Flinders Street Yard, 8/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B2894 BPL - rake of cars, Bendigo Workshops, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   AA859 BPL - x5, 1925, [oMDN]
   AI334 BPL - bogie, [oPJV]
   AI392 BPL - cars in siding, Spencer St, 5/1968, [oPJV]
   CA919 BPL - in set: RM-BPL-CV, Echuca, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AD833 BPL - part view, car end, [oFXK]
   BP543 BPL - roof, part view, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP536 BPL - scrap by bulldozer, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP540 BPL - scrapping by bulldozer, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BB852 BPL - stored cars for scrap, Newport Workshops, 2/4/1981, [oPJV]
   BP005 BPL - underframe, Newport Workshops, 4/8/1982, [oPJV]
   BP538 BPL - underframe gear/AC/brake gear, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP157 BPL - underframes of scrapped cars, Newport Workshops, 22/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP542 BPL - water fill covers in roof, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BD116 BPL 1 - s2e2, Warragul, 9/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AI336 BPL 3 - bogie, [oPJV]
   BD117 BPL 3 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DL336 BPL 4 - in RM set, Echuca, 13/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BL763 BPL 4 - s2p, Echuca, 13/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BL764 BPL 4 - s2q, Echuca, 13/4/1980, [oPJV]
   DK523 BPL 4 - trailing car on fan trip, Mile 172, 11/2/1978, [oPJV]
   BD118 BPL 7 - s2, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DK149 BPL 14 - s1e2, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BD119 BPL 15 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   B2894 BPL 16 - side damage/rake, Bendigo Workshops, 15/3/1978, [oPJV]
   BP548 BPL 17 - part view, scrapped underframe, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BP553 BPL 17 - part view, underframe, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   DK150 BPL 22 - body, green, in school yard, 11/1985, [oGRE]
   BM864 BPL 22 - s2e2c, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   AI441 BPL 23, c1976, [oPJV]
   BX841 BPL 23 - part view, Spencer Street, 29/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DN262 BPL 23 - part view, storage line, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BD120 BPL 29 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 9/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DK151 BPL 30 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1976, [oPJV]
   BQ761 BPL 31 - s1, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BQ836 BPL 31 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BM879 BPL 53 - s2e2 undergear lit/axle gen, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   AV819 BPL 54, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BD121 BPL 54 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 15/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BI756 BPL 55 - s1e2c, Newport Workshops, 11/11/1982, [oPJV]
   BD122 BPL 55 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 14/10/1976, [oRXO]
   11243 BPL 55 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 8/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DK152 BPL 57, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   DK154 BPL 57 - detail: tail disc/end battery tail light, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   DK153 BPL 57 - eXp, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BD123 BPL 57 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 14/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BQ276 BPL 57 - s1e2c, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   AW878 BPL 59, Flinders Street Yard, 16/9/1967, [oPJV]
   AX418 BPL 59, Wobbies World, 22/9/1997, [oPJV]
   AX420 BPL 59 - class letters/battery box, Wobbies World, 22/9/1997, [oPJV]
   AX419 BPL 59 - ID, Wobbies World, 22/9/1997, [oPJV]
   AI442 BPL 65, Flinders Street Yard, c1975, [oPJV]
   BG015 BPL 65 - close up, terminal tap & gauge, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 10/9/1981, [oPJV]
   AX263 BPL 65 - collision damage, bent frame, North Melbourne C&W, 18/11/1983, [oPJV]
   BG014 BPL 65 - eXp, terminal tap & gauge, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 10/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BG013 BPL 65 - photo id, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 10/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BG499 BPL 65 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   AI443 BPL 66 - Generator Test car, Spencer Street, c1976, [oPJV]
   BP873 BPL 70 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD124 BPL 70 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BB138 BPL 70 - stripped/scrapping, Newport Workshops, 18/7/1984, [oPJV]
   BD131 BPL 71 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 9/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD481 BPL 73 - e2q, Spencer Street, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   BD480 BPL 73 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   DK155 BPL 73 - s1e2c, single car, Flinders Street Yard, 3/5/1980, [oPJV]
   AI444 BPL 78, Coal Creek, 1997, [sPJV]
   AI445 BPL 78 - car number on u/f, Coal Creek, 1997, [sPJV]
   BK691 BPL 81 - part view, Newport Workshops, 22/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BD132 BPL 81 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 9/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BG682 BPL 83, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]
   CC291 BPL 85, Spencer Street, 1/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AI446 BPL 89, c1976, [oPJV]
   11241 BPL 94 - s1e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 8/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BD143 BPL 94 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 14/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD147 BPL 100 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 14/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AI440 BPL 103, Flinders Street Yard, c1976, [oPJV]
   DJ570 BPL 103 - s1e1c, water tank side, Newport Workshops, 16/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD148 BPL 104 - s1e2, Bendigo, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CB183 BPL 105 - e1p, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB182 BPL 105 - e1q, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB180 BPL 105 - s1p, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB181 BPL 105 - s1q, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BM876 BPL 106 - s2e1c, undergear lit, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BD149 BPL 117 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 15/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AO405 BPL 117 - waybill, [sDMG]
   BD150 BPL 118 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD151 BPL 125 - part view, Bendigo North Workshops, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD152 BPL 125 - part view, undergear obscured, Bendigo North Workshops, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DT352 BPL 125 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AL617 BPL 125 - water tank/lettering, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'BPL  '

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

   AB793 BPL - 2, [oPTC]

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File c133m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 27/6/2007