VLEX - Bogie Louvre Van


Between 1979 and 1983, the VSX class were recoded to VLEX. The number group for these wagons was 801 - 1050.

Various vans have been recoded/converted as follows:

Between 1979 and 1983, at least 120 vans recoded to VLEY for Freight Centre captive traffic. Recoded back in the mid 1980's.

Between June and October 1981, 9 vans were converted to VLNX for Newsprint traffic.

In April 1983 the underframe of VLEX 817 was converted to VFWY 1 - a Diesel Block Transport.

From 1990, flat (non-louvred) doors were used on some wagons in place of the louvred doors as illustrated above.

By 1991 at least eight VLEX's were stencilled for "PAPER TRAFFIC ONLY DYNON - DRY CREEK".

In March 1993, 2 underframes were converted to VZZF Bogie transfer wagons.

In 1993, three VLEX vans were destroyed in a derailment in Western Australia. In lieu of repayment, V/line requested three comparable vans in exchange. The three replacement VLEX vans: 873, 874 and 989 arrived in Victoria July 1993 converted from WBAX boxvans.

From mid-1994 approximately 70 vans were transferred to NRC and recoded RLEX.

During 1996, VLEX 949 was heavily modified to become VBFX 1. Another conversion from VLEX 1039 was started, but not completed.

During 1997, approximately 35 RLEX's were returned from NRC, recoded to VLEX and stored.

From late 1998, at least 37 VLEX's were placed onto standard gauge bogies fitted with constant contact side bearers and recoded to VLEY.

During 2000, forty-one surplus VLEX's had their bodies removed. The underframes were then modified to carry sawn pine logs and recoded VFTX.

In June 2001, there were still 61 vans shown in RAMS.

During 2003, at least 28 VLEX's were repainted into Freight Australia colours and recoded to VLRX for rice traffic.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'VLEX  '

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

   AS082 VLEX - body, [sPJV]
   AS083 VLEX - body, 1999, [oDMG]
   AI514 VLEX - plain doors, [oBXY]
   AV518 VLEX 803K, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   AV516 VLEX 805F- Vline, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   BQ777 VLEX 815 - s1e2, North Melbourne C&W, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   AF340 VLEX 822 - lettering / Paper Traffic to SA, [oBXY]
   BL484 VLEX 841 - s2, East Yard, 20/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AV654 VLEX 842K- Paper traffic / Vline, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   AV653 VLEX 842K- Paper traffic lettering only, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   BQ144 VLEX 843 - part view, South Dynon, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   AV649 VLEX 844F- Paper traffic, Dynon-Dry Creek, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   BO683 VLEX 847 - s1e2, Albury, NSW, 10/5/1980, [oPJV]
   AU079 VLEX 848 - Vline, med ctr left, East Yard, 7/10/1983, [oPJV]
   AR491 VLEX 854, [sPJV]
   CB911 VLEX 854, Wangaratta, 7/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB912 VLEX 854 - lettering, Wangaratta, 7/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AV517 VLEX 862W- Vline , lettered as RLEX, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   BJ008 VLEX 868 - class panel, repaint ex VLEY, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BB685 VLEX 868 - number panel, Tottenham Yard, 29/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BJ006 VLEX 868 - s1@e1, FC blanked out, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ007 VLEX 868 - s1e2, Yoke plate chalks, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BB684 VLEX 868 - s1e2, VR, Tottenham Yard, 29/3/1981, [oPJV]
   AH409 VLEX 870 - Zaadstra Exhibition lettering, [oRXO]
   BQ792 VLEX 873, South Dynon, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BV100 VLEX 885, Castlemaine, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BF870 VLEX 890 - s1e2, Dandenong, 3/10/1981, [oPJV]
   BP654 VLEX 895 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 1/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AV253 VLEX 899 - body, Benalla, 18/1/2000, [oPJV]
   AU614 VLEX 901W- Vline, L4, Newport, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   BK503 VLEX 917, South Dynon, 21/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BP858 VLEX 918, Morwell, 3/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BV098 VLEX 920, Castlemaine, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BQ888 VLEX 922, Arden Street, 7/12/1980, [oPJV]
   BM659 VLEX 926 - s1e2c, Sale, 3/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BD606 VLEX 932 - s2e1c, Tottenham Yard, 27/7/1981, [oPJV]
   BD447 VLEX 935 - s1e2, Dandenong, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BO331 VLEX 936 - lettering / class, Newport Workshops, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO332 VLEX 936 - Newsprint traffic stencil, Newport Workshops, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO275 VLEX 936 - s1 doors/ Newsprint stencil, Tottenham Yard, 13/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO274 VLEX 936 - s1e2, Newsprint traffic, Tottenham Yard, 13/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO333 VLEX 936 - s1e2c, Newport Workshops, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ471 VLEX 936 - s2e1c, Newport Workshops, 21/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BH132 VLEX 939 - s2e1, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 4/3/1981, [oPJV]
   DQ849 VLEX 948, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/9/1980, [oPJV]
   BQ113 VLEX 955 - ldd pallet, doors open, East Yard, 7/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BP798 VLEX 959 - class panel/damaged, North Melbourne C&W, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BP797 VLEX 959 - damaged, North Melbourne C&W, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   AV652 VLEX 960P- door lock/lettering, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   AV651 VLEX 960P- no logo, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   AK917 VLEX 963, Dandenong, 17/10/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ795 VLEX 968, South Dynon, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BK512 VLEX 969, South Dynon, 21/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BP799 VLEX 974, North Melbourne C&W, 5/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BD669 VLEX 982D- number panel, Arden St Sidings, 13/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BD477 VLEX 982D- s2e1c, VR, doors open, Arden St Sidings, 13/9/1984, [oPJV]
   AX000 VLEX 993 - s2, VR, East Yard, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   AX003 VLEX 993 - s2, VR (2), East Yard, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   AU609 VLEX 995P- L7, no logo, Newport Workshops, 12/1984, [oPJV]
   BL479 VLEX 1008 - FC blanked, Williamstown Pier, 18/3/1980, [oPJV]
   AR490 VLEX 1009, [sPJV]
   BK496 VLEX 1009, South Dynon, 21/7/1980, [oPJV]
   AV655 VLEX 1026D- Vline, plain doors, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   BV634 VLEX 1030, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   AX001 VLEX 1033 - s2, ex VLEY, VR, East Yard, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   AV519 VLEX 1036, Middle Creek, 1/11/1999, [oPJV]
   AX002 VLEX 1042 - s2, ex VLEY, VR, East Yard, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for VLEX   

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File c299m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 24/9/2007