BLF / VBBY / VBBF - Bogie Boxvan


BLF (1961)

During 1961/1962 thirty two BLF wagons built. In the same period, wagons of the same design with codes _BB_ and _BF_ were recoded to BLF.

The BLF number group was 23 - 151.

This group comprises one hundred and twenty-nine vans. The vans are the identical underframe and body style to the early VLX_ louvre vans except pressed panels were used for the sides and ends.

The number group starts at '23' as numbers 1 - 21 were _BB_ ex _TT_vans and number '22' was _BB_ prototype of vans that became _BP_ and BMX_ classes.

The BLF vans initially entered service as 'BB' with plain bearing bogies. Some vans entered service with roller bearing bogies and were issued with the 'BF' coding. The same number group was retained.

Between 1963 and 1965 all the BLF vans, numbered 23 - 151 were recoded to BLX_ with the same numbers retained.

BLF (1967)

In 1967/1968 twenty four vans were placed into dedicated palletised cement traffic. These vans were recoded from BLX back to BLF. The numbers were 121 to 144. All vans were stencilled at the left hand end of each side.

These vans were loaded at the cement plant at Fyansford, near Geelong. The cement was then consigned to areas within the Melbourne metropolitan area and certain cement depots at country locations.

VBBY

In the 1979 recoding the BLF class was relettered to VBBY.

VBBF

In the late 1980s the letter 'Y' was dropped in lieu of 'F'. The class was relettered from VBBY to VBBF.

The class was in storage from 1991. Scrappings started in 1993.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BLF  '

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

   AF544 BLF - or VLF end on SG showing F , Broadford, 1967, [sPJV]
   DI835 BLF 95 - part view, L4/lettering panel, Geelong, 25/3/1971, [oPJV]
   AI233 BLF 121, Burnley, 15/12/1977, [oPJV]
   CB058 BLF 124 - ID/lettering panel, Dandenong, 19/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB057 BLF 124 - load: palletised cement/DO/brake equipment, Dandenong, 19/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AI234 BLF 125 - no cement lettering, Burnley, 15/6/1978, [oPJV]
   CZ140 BLF 128 - s1, no handbrake stripe, square only, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   DA608 BLF 132 - s2e1, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CM962 BLF 133, 1970s, [oBAU]
   B3248 BLF 133, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AI235 BLF 135, Oakleigh, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   CZ141 BLF 135 - s1, VR, Palletised Cement traffic, Arden Street sidings, 3/2/1982, [oRXO]
   CZ142 BLF 136 - s1, no handbrake stripe, square only, Oakleigh, 21/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ143 BLF 136 - s2, VR, Palletised Cement, East Yard, 22/12/1981, [oRXO]
   B3292 BLF 138, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CB216 BLF 139 - s1e2, Burnley, 13/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CM963 BLF 142, 1970s, [oBAU]
   Diagrams   for  'BLF  '

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

   AU704 BLF - 23-151, [oD26]
   Photos   for  'VBBY  '

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

   BO758 VBBY 121 - Blue Circle logo/lettering, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BO759 VBBY 121 - class/lettering, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BO757 VBBY 121 - s2e2, Blue Circle, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BD444 VBBY 122 - s2e1, Palletised cement, Dandenong, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BD444 VBBY 124 - part view, Dandenong, 20/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BJ211 VBBY 125, North Geelong Yard, 9/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BO761 VBBY 125 - s2e1, Blue circle, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BG061 VBBY 126 - s1e2, FYN-MEL, North Geelong Yard, 27/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BX751 VBBY 127, North Geelong Yard, 12/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BU952 VBBY 128 - part view, Bendigo Worshops, 23/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BP063 VBBY 128 - s2e1, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BP277 VBBY 129 - class/end lettering, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BE233 VBBY 129 - lettering, North Geelong, 26/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BP278 VBBY 129 - lettering: Blue Circle, large CEMENT, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP259 VBBY 129 - s1e2, Blue Circle, North Melbourne C&W, 16/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP276 VBBY 129 - s2e1 Blue Circle, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BE232 VBBY 129 - s2e1, Blue circle, North Geelong, 26/8/1984, [oPJV]
   CR407 VBBY 129G- distant, Vline, Blue Circle logos, Tottenham Yard, 7/1987, [oNXB]
   AU812 VBBY 129G- Vline, Blue Circle, Tottenham Yard, 7/1987, [oNXB]
   AW282 VBBY 129G- Vline, Blue Circle, Tottenham, 3/1988, [oNXB]
   BP282 VBBY 130 - lettering: Blue Circle, small CEMENT, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   AW996 VBBY 130 - s1, Blue Circle, Arden St, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   BP281 VBBY 130 - s1e2c, Blue Circle, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BG056 VBBY 130 - s2e1, FYN-MEL, North Geelong Yard, 27/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BO760 VBBY 131 - s2e1, Blue circle, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BP279 VBBY 131 - s2e1c, Blue Circle, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP280 VBBY 133 - s1e2, Blue Circle, Arden Street, 7/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BE233 VBBY 137 - Blue circle logo, North Geelong, 26/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE231 VBBY 137 - s2e1, Blue circle, North Geelong, 26/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BO762 VBBY 137 - s2e1, Blue circle, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BO776 VBBY 140 - s1e2, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   AW999 VBBY 140 - s2, Blue Circle, East Yard, 10/6/1983, [oPJV]
   BM697 VBBY 142 - part view, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for VBBY   
   Photos   for  'VBBF  '

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

   AT833 VBBF 126 - Vl, Ballarat, 12/1994, [oNXB]
   AT834 VBBF 129 - Vl, Blue Circle, Bendigo, 12/1992, [oNXB]
   AT835 VBBF 134 - Vl, Bendigo, 12/1992, [oNXB]
   AU122 VBBF 135 - Vl, Blue Circle, Bendigo, 12/1992, [oNXB]
   AU121 VBBF 138 - large VR, Fyansford stencil, Tottenham Yard, 3/1988, [oNXB]
   No diagrams found for VBBF   

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File c326m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007