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M Class Bulk Mail/Luggage Vans

M 35 to 38, 69

12.1971 Port Augusta - composite situp car AB17 on marree train + mail van in foreground

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M 35 M 36 M 37 M 38 M 69
Building an M van, circa 1918

Bulk mail vans built at the Port Augusta Workshops for use on the Trans-Australian Railway.

See also: M 32 and M 34.



C.1930,Accident on TAR - carriage and mail van

RA 669 -- M 35 -- NRD 1663 -- BPA/AZZF 2599

"M" class bulk mail and luggage van built by the Commonwealth Railways, at their Port Augusta Workshops, on the State Implement Works built underframe of "RA 669"
1916Entered service "RA 669" flat wagon
7.5.1918Entered service as "M 35" mail van.
4.10.1957Fitted with roller bearing bogies.
29.1.1969Written off and body sold to Whyalla Gliding club.
23.10.1969Underframe converted to narrow gauge "NRD 1663" flat.
3.7.1976Converted to ballast plough "BPA 2599".
By 1995Recoded "AZZF 2599".
1.7.1998To Australian Rail Track Corporation.

RA 661 -- M/MA 36 -- NRD 1662 -- R/AZZF 2605

"M" class bulk mail and luggage van built by the Commonwealth Railways at their Port Augusta Workshops, on the supplied underframe of "RA 661"
1916Entered service "RA 661" flat wagon
12.2.1918Entered service as "M 36" mail van.
20.2.1954Converted to "MA".
29.1.1968Written off.
1969Body sold to Whyalla Gliding club.
14.11.1969Underframe used for narrow gauge flat wagon "NRD 1662".
2.12.1977Converted to standard gauge "R 2605" flat
-Fitted with camp unit "S191"[blc]
By 1995Recoded "AZZF 2605".

RA 665 -- M/MA 37 -- NRD 1661 -- BPA/AZZF 2601

"M" class bulk mail and luggage van built by the Commonwealth Railways at their Port Augusta Workshops, on the State Implement Works built underframe of "RA 665"".
1916Entered service "RA 665" flat wagon
14.2.1918Entered service as "M 37" mail van.
28.11.1952Converted to "MA".
16.11.1965Written off
28.10.1969Underframe converted to narrow gauge flat "NRD 1661".
25.3.1977Converted to standard gauge ballast plough "BPA 2601".
By 1995Recoded "AZZF 2601".

RA 667 -- M 38

"M" class bulk mail and luggage van built by the Commonwealth Railways at their Port Augusta Workshops, on the State Implement Works built underframe of "RA 667"".
1916Entered service "RA 667" flat wagon
28.3.1918Entered service as "M 38" mail van.
20.10.1960Written off.

20.4.1980,Kulgara - power car VG69 20.4.1980,Kulgara - power car VG69

M 69 -- VG 69 -- PG 69

"M" class bulk mail and luggage van built by the Commonwealth Railways at their Port Augusta Workshops.
24.1.1944Entered service as "M 69" mail van.
6.4.1964Mail van was written off.
28.7.1966A "VG" class power van was built on the underframe and 4 GM engines installed.
30.11.1984Recoded "PG".



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