Bit of mystery with this class. The official records clearly show three vehicles in the class. The vans were 1, 2 and 3.
WMA 1 was converted from _B__ 247 in 1888. B 247 was ex Hobsons Bay stock. WMA 1 was scrapped in 1903.
WMA 2 was converted from _AB_ 45 in 1898. AB 45 was built by Phoenix Foundry in 1877. In 1906 it was scrapped and replaced by a new workmans sleeper _WS_ 23. WS 23 was recoded to _W__ 21 and was in service to the late 1970's.
WMA 3 was converted from the 1st _B__ 376 in 1898. B 376 was converted from _A__ 172 in 1889. A 172 was ex Hobsons Bay stock, of which no data is available. WMA 3 was recoded to the 2nd WS 82 in 1907. In 1910 it was recoded to W 80 which was scrapped in 1928.
There is a diagram for WMA 5, however there are no 'Register' entries for it. This appears to be a case of 'pre-empting' uncompleted work. Perhaps an incorrect number has been applied to the diagram for 'No.2' which was a conversion from an identical vehicle type built as 'AB 45'.
The vans seem to have been assigned to weighbridge fitters who travelled to locations maintaining weighbridges.
No photos found for WMA
Diagrams for 'WMA '
FileID Description................................................BF524 WMA - Weighing Machine Adjuster 3, 5, [oD04]
File c265m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 11/9/2007