BCPL - Bogie 1st/2nd/Guards Van


For comparison trial of the new railcars in 1928 a standard 'PL' car was converted to a railmotor trailer. In 1940, the car was recoded from 25 _MT_ to BCPL 1. It remained the only BCPL car until 1966.

Between 1966 and 1973 another thirty 'PL' type cars were modified with van compartments and recoded to BCPL. Cars 2 - 14 were converted from APL_ class cars 1966/1967. Cars 15 - 32 were converted from BPL_class cars 1968 to 1973. Indeed many of these BPL cars were converted from APL cars anyway.

The idea of the cars was to reduce the tonnage of short haul interurban trains by incorporating a guards van into a carriage rather than towing a dedicated guards van.

The class numbers were 1 to 32.

In the late 1970's BCPL 11 was converted to 'Dance Car' for special train trips. The seats were removed allowing the car to become one large dance floor.

From 1978 to 1988 the cars were withdrawn from service and scrapped.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BCPL  '

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

   DN262 BCPL - part view, storage line, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BG990 BCPL - eXp, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BG989 BCPL - eXq, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BM970 BCPL - on train set BCPL-PL-W car, Broadmeadows, 1/3/1982, [oPJV]
   AB026 BCPL 1, Newport Workshops, c1975, [oPJV]
   BB642 BCPL 3 - Apex spcl, Bonegilla, 30/3/1975, [oPJV]
   BP548 BCPL 3 - part view, scrapped underframe, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1982, [oPJV]
   BM880 BCPL 3 - s2e2 undergear lit, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BK187 BCPL 4 - body, Primary School (Joe Geddes wife teacher), Erica, 3/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BD174 BCPL 4 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 20/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD176 BCPL 6 - s2e1c, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BM935 BCPL 7 - damaged end, North Melbourne C&W, 25/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BX763 BCPL 7 - end/damage, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 11/7/1980, [oPJV]
   DS317 BCPL 7 - half of body on ground, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BQ152 BCPL 7 - s1e1, collision damage, Spencer Street, 4/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BM936 BCPL 7 - s1e1, damaged end, North Melbourne C&W, 25/2/1980, [oPJV]
   DS042 BCPL 7 - scrapping: underframe/half of body, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 2/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BX635 BCPL 7 - shunt damage, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 11/7/1980, [oPJV]
   BK214 BCPL 7 - underframe, after body scrap, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 4/11/1980, [oPJV]
   AB030 BCPL 9, Flinders Street Yard, c1976, [oPJV]
   BX841 BCPL 9 - part view, Spencer Street, 29/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD177 BCPL 9 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD178 BCPL 10 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AB027 BCPL 11, 19/11/1976, [oPJV]
   BQ748 BCPL 11 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 26/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CC219 BCPL 12 - OR, Spotswood Rec Depot, 2/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD179 BCPL 12 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD180 BCPL 14 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DA694 BCPL 15, Flinders Street Yard, 13/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BL931 BCPL 15 - part view, Newport Workshops, 17/4/1980, [oPJV]
   DL348 BCPL 15 - part view, scrap line, Newport Workshops, 17/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BC099 BCPL 17 - body, Newport Workshops, 14/6/1981, [oPJV]
   B3416 BCPL 17 - e1q, Flinders Street Yard, 19/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3418 BCPL 17 - part side s2/van, Flinders Street Yard, 19/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3415 BCPL 17 - s2e1c, Flinders Street Yard, 19/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BD181 BCPL 18 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD182 BCPL 19 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BH009 BCPL 20 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, 9/3/1976, [oPJV]
   CC389 BCPL 20 - part view, Ararat, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   CC366 BCPL 20 - s1e2, Ararat, 29/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BD183 BCPL 20 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD184 BCPL 21 - s2e2c, Spencer Street, 9/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD185 BCPL 24 - part view, Bendigo North Workshops, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD187 BCPL 25 - s1e1c, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AB028 BCPL 27, Spencer Street, c1977, [oPJV]
   CB498 BCPL 27 - s1e1c / from height, Bendigo Workshops, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD188 BCPL 27 - s1e2, Spencer Street, 18/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AB029 BCPL 30, Flinders Street Yard, c1976, [oPJV]
   11416 BCPL 30 - end of L 1166 train/collision/lean, Flinders Street Yard, 7/4/1978, [oPJV]
   11423 BCPL 30 - lean against Harris, Flinders Street Yard, 7/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BD189 BCPL 30 - s1e1, Warragul, 9/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BG496 BCPL 30 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   11420 BCPL 30 - with Harris / staff congregate, Flinders Street Yard, 7/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BD190 BCPL 31 - s2e1, Warragul, 9/10/1976, [oRXO]
   B3417 BCPL E1P, Flinders Street Yard, 19/3/1979, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'BCPL  '

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

   AS863 BCPL - 11, Dance car, diagram B-13, 1977, [oPTC]
   AB790 BCPL - 51 passengers, [oPTC]
   AK630 BCPL 11 - B-13, Dance car, [sPJV]

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File c325m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007