Hospital Car


Following on from the disastrous collision at Sunshine/Braybrook Junction in 1908, the Victorian Railways placed into service two 'Hospital cars' with medical equipment: water, strechers, rest benches and cabinets with medical dressings and supplies.

The two cars apparently entered service on 24/12/1909. There is some confusion with the dates as correspondence shows 1909 dates with the official source showing 1908 for one car and 1909 for the other.

Hospital Car 1 was converted from _B__ 328. B 328 was built as _A__ 138 in 1883 and converted to B some time in 1889.

Hospital Car 2 was converted from B 343. B 343 was built as A 153 in 1883 and converted to B in April 1892.

Car 1 was scrapped in 1940. It was sold and placed onto a property at Somerton. About 1949 it was sold and moved to Bulla when the land at Somerton was developed for industrial use.

Car 2 was scrapped in 1939.

There is a photograph of one of the cars at Geelong Loco Depot during the 1930s.

Vehicle history list

   Photos

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

   AD647 Hospital car 1 - body, Bulla, 1999, [oPJV]
   AV618 Hospital Car 1 - body end 1, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV619 Hospital Car 1 - body end 1/roof tank, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV617 Hospital Car 1 - body side 1, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV629 Hospital car 1 - body, house and yard, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV628 Hospital car 1 - body, interior, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV623 Hospital Car 1 - body, interior, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV625 Hospital car 1 - body, interior lettering, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV622 Hospital Car 1 - body, part side 1, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV620 Hospital Car 1 - body, part side 2, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV631 Hospital car 1 - body, roof, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV621 Hospital Car 1 - body, side 1, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV630 Hospital car 1 - body, side 2, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
   AV632 Hospital car 1 - body, tank, Bulla, 13/6/1999, [oPJV]
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File c253m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/9/2007