ZMF / VVEY - Bogie Guards Van


ZMF

In 1980 a radical design of guards van entered service. After many months of rumours the van left Newport Workshops in December 1980.

It was a short bogie flatwagon fitted with a reinforced plastic cabin. The cabin shape included a verandah which was at the handbrake end of the wagon. The opposite end platform had gas and electrical fittings for heating and lighting.

The unusual design was inspired by the fact that planning had been underway for the removal of guards vans from trains. If this eventuated, the cabin could be removed and the underframe utilised for other traffic.

From the design, most operational staff could readily conjure up images of guards seated in the verandah section with sizzling barbeque, amply supported by a full icebox of 'tinnies' and waving cheerily to passers by.

The van was issued as class 'ZMF', the M indicated Modular cabin.

There were plenty of problems. Ten vans in all were built, ZMF 1 - 10. Numbers 1 eneterd service in 1980, numbers 2 - 10 entered service during 1982.

VVEY

When the vans were recoded from 1983, they were given the class letters VVEY.

Guards vans were removed from trains in the late 1980's. The VVEY class were amongst the first casualties.

Two vans had cabins removed and the underframes converted to _QD_ as transporters for the sleeper discharge equipment. This equipment ran on a track down the sleeper train and was used to hydraulically unload the sleepers.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'ZMF  '

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

   BQ232 ZMF - 2 x underframes; 1 x bogie, 1 x load, Newport Workshops, 3/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BE120 ZMF - Seven underframes ready, w/e view, Newport Workshops, 17/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BE121 ZMF - Seven x underframes ready, e/e view, Newport Workshops, 17/8/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ180 ZMF - underframe on bogies ldd with ZMF u/frame, Newport Workshops, 17/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BO324 ZMF 1 - cabin door/veranda/F lettering, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO315 ZMF 1 - e1p, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO314 ZMF 1 - e1q, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO322 ZMF 1 - e2 railing, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO320 ZMF 1 - e2p, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO321 ZMF 1 - e2q@s1, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO319 ZMF 1 - e2q@s2, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO317 ZMF 1 - modular cabin, part s2, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO312 ZMF 1 - s1e1c, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO313 ZMF 1 - s1p, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO327 ZMF 1 - s1p, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO326 ZMF 1 - s1q, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BR040 ZMF 1 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 17/12/1980, [oPJV]
   BO316 ZMF 1 - s2e1c, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BC108 ZMF 1 - s2e1h, top, back of cabin, vic, North Melbourne C&W, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BR038 ZMF 1 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 17/12/1980, [oPJV]
   BO318 ZMF 1 - s2e2c, North Melbourne C&W, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BC109 ZMF 1 - top view cabin, North Melbourne C&W, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BD737 ZMF 2 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   AX267 ZMF 5 - part view, Vic, North Melbourne C&W, 18/11/1983, [oPJV]
   AU895 ZMF 6 - Vic, Melbourne Yard, 15/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AV086 ZMF 7 - s1e1, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 26/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AV085 ZMF 7 - s1e2, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 26/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU989 ZMF 8 - e1 cabin door/details, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU966 ZMF 8 - e1 cabin/veranda, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU990 ZMF 8 - e1 railing/handbrake, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU949 ZMF 8 - e1 veranda ceiling, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU939 ZMF 8 - e2 cabin door, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU948 ZMF 8 - e2 gas bottle storage, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU991 ZMF 8 - s2 cabin side/logo/bay window, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU923 ZMF 8 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU925 ZMF 8 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU924 ZMF 8 - s2p, Flinders Street Yard, 24/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU896 ZMF 10 - Vic, Melbourne Yard, 15/9/1983, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for ZMF   
   Photos   for  'VVEY  '

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

   BQ586 VVEY 1 - s1@e1, Flinders Street Yard, 14/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ585 VVEY 1 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 14/10/1984, [oPJV]
   AR635 VVEY 4 - Vline, North Melbourne C&W Shops, c1985, [oPJV]
   AD254 VVEY 7 - blurred, [oBXY]
   AR634 VVEY 10 - body, [sPJV]
   BD741 VVEY 10 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BD743 VVEY 10 - s1e1, corner h/brake, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BD739 VVEY 10 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BD740 VVEY 10 - s1p, cab, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BD736 VVEY 10 - s2e1, end of train ZMF/CP, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for VVEY   

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File c272m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 12/9/2007