BFW - Large "Ford" Boxvan


In 1977 a group of large boxvans were built for Geelong to Campbellfield (Somerton) traffic. They were classed as 'BFW' and numbered 1 to 40.

They were built to transport palletised car parts manufactured at the 'Ford' plant Geelong to the car assembly plant at Campbellfield, near the Upfield station.

They replaced four wheel open vehicles of the _I__ and _IA_ type. These trains were blocks of about 20 to 30 vehicles. They ran loaded Geelong - Newport - Sunshine - Somerton - 'Ford' plant. Sometimes they ran to Melbourne Yard or Caulfield where the locomotive changed ends to continue the journey.

When the train ran with BFW's, the consist was much shorter, about 9 or 10 of the vans, usually hauled by a _T__ loco.

The boxvans were large, about 75' long. They were fitted with FCF_ bogies, couplers and brake gear. With this gear they ran with a low floor height and gooseneck couplers to match existing coupler height.

In the 1979 recoding the class was recoded to VBCW.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BFW  '

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

   AV809 BFW - construction - body, east end, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV810 BFW - construction - body, west end, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV797 BFW - construction - Erecting shops, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV812 BFW - construction - roof jig 1, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV813 BFW - construction - roof jig 2, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV814 BFW - construction - roof jig 3, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV802 BFW - construction - roof jig, part body, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV815 BFW - construction - roof rib metal press, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV808 BFW - construction - roof, jig, elec welder, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV804 BFW - construction - roofs / jig, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV801 BFW - construction - sheet metal, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV796 BFW - construction - steel frame, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV805 BFW - construction - u/f trestle, part body, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV806 BFW - construction - u/f trestle, part body 2, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV803 BFW - construction - u/f, upturned jig, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV800 BFW - construction - underframe in rotating jig, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV807 BFW - construction - underframe jig, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV798 BFW - construction - underframe jig, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV799 BFW - construction - underframe jig 2, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AV811 BFW - construction - view east, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   CA818 BFW - Ford vans on train, Laverton, c1980, [sPJV]
   BW197 BFW - rake of 7 BFW vans, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   AI205 BFW 1 - F in corners, Newport Workshops, 8/3/1977, [oPJV]
   DK649 BFW 1 - shell, under construction, Erecting Shop, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   AI206 BFW 1 - W in corners/FORD signs, Newport Workshops, 30/3/1977, [oPJV]
   AI207 BFW 2 - W in corners/one FORD sign, Newport Workshops, 29/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BW160 BFW 8 - s2p, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW173 BFW 8 - s2q, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW179 BFW 15, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   CU517 BFW 17 - turned on table by F 213, Geelong Loco, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CU519 BFW 17 - turning on table/F 213, Geelong Loco, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CU518 BFW 17 - with shunter on step F 213, Geelong Loco, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BW143 BFW 19 - s2q, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW195 BFW 29, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW197 BFW 29 - heads rake of 7 BFW vans, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW180 BFW 38, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW162 BFW 40 - profile e1, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW161 BFW 40 - s1p, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BW163 BFW 40 - s1q, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for BFW   

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File c348m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 18/10/2007