DH / ZH - Fixed Wheel Brakevan


DH

By 1886, there were four short wheelbase guards vans in service. They were _D__ 25, 27, 33 and 34. The vans had a 19'6" long body, when most vans in service at the time were about 24'. Perhaps they were intended as short haul vans in suburban service.

During 1890/1891 all were fitted with Booking Offices. The Booking Offices on trains were to save on lineside staff as there was a depression at the time.

Around 1895, the vans were recoded to DH. The 'H' was used to denote carriages stored and used during peak times, generally 'Holidays'. The 'H' originally was a description painted on the carriage and was not part of the code.

ZH

In the recoding of 1910, the DH code was altered to ZH. From the records, only 27, 33 and 34 became ZH. DH 25 was recoded to _Z__ for some reason. This van went out of service in 1911.

In 1911, ZH 34 became a van on the Breakdown Train at Ballarat. It stayed at Ballarat until scrapped in 1956. The body was sold and moved to a property at Lismore. It was placed alongside a shop in the main street. As part of renovations to the shop, the van end was extended in about 1998

ZH 27 and 33 were scrapped in 1919.

Vehicle history list

   No photos found for DH   
   Diagrams   for  'DH  '

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

   AB789 DH - 25, 27, 34, [sD04]
   BF524 DH - 4 x vans, [oD04]
   Photos   for  'ZH  '

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

   AB794 ZH 34, 1940s, [sFXK]
   CQ836 ZH 34 - on breakdown train, Ballarat East, 1950s, [sPHD]
   DF058 ZH 34 - on breakdown train, Ballarat East, 1950s, [sPHD]
   No diagrams found for ZH   

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File c264m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 11/9/2007