ELX open wagon

ABOVE: ELX 133: built new March 1968

Number in Class 558
Number group 1 - 454, 1001 - 1104
Construction period 1961 - 1978
In service 1964 - end
1979 recode VOCX/VOBX
Where built Various
Modeling Aust-N-Rail make a supurb N scale model
A modern version of the E open wagon, ELX's saw service all over the state in many different types of service. Early ELX's had plain sides but most were converted to corrugated sides in later years. The large number gap was because the S.A.R. built ELX's too whose numbers slotted in between the VR ELX's. More of these wagons were built but they went into service as VOCX's

ELX 1 - 92 were built as "ELF" and coded to ELX 1964 - 1965

ABOVE: ELX 12, Melb yard 1978
photo courtesy Kent Smiley

ABOVE: ELX 16 in "as built" condition. Note the lack of any tarpaulin support or lashing bars
(lashing rings instead)

ABOVE: ELX 22 built as ELF 22: June 1962. Coded to ELX July 1965. April 1980 it was coded to VOBX 22

ABOVE: ELX 44 at Port Melbourne, 1979.

ABOVE: ELX 44 at Nth Geelong yard. Feb 6 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

ABOVE: ELF 1 as built, 1961. In later years, the presence of load compensating equipment was signified
by a white square near the number.
official VR photo

ABOVE: ELF 7 (circa 1961) and BELOW ELF 43 at Nth Dynon, Nov. 1962.
Note the different styles of VR logos and absence of handbrake patch on ELF 7.

Official VR photos

Heavy Duty sides

ABOVE: ELX 66 had heavy duty sides and is seen here loaded with briquettes circa 1978
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent

ABOVE: ELX 67, photographed in 1978

ABOVE: ELX 97 built August 1963. Note: no protective guard around the grade control/load
compensating equipment

The following numbers were built with "heavy duty" sides: 52, 58, 66, 67, 68, 72, 73, 91 - 106 (total 23)
as shown in the photos of ELX 97 (above) and ELX 102, 103 & 105 (below)

: ELX 102 built Sept. 1963. photo at Nth Melb, 1978

ABOVE: ELX 103 in 1979.

ABOVE: ELX 105 at Geelong April 30 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

ABOVE: ELX 212 at Geelong. Feb. 2 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

ABOVE: ELX 223 built June 1969, to VOBX March 1980.

ABOVE: ELX 364, 1978

ABOVE: ELX 1032 (built March 1975) with full ridge gear (tarpaulin support) Very late ELX's had square beading along the tops of the sides.

ABOVE: ELX 1034 at Nth Geelong yard. Feb. 6 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

Although not designed for container traffic, ELX's were pressed into this service from time to time, during most of the 1970's VR was very short of container wagons. This photo at Sunshine in 1977 shows 3 ELX's in container service on a down Melbourne to Adelaide "jet"

ABOVE: VOCX 1105 was, I believe, the first VOCX. 1104 was released to traffic as an ELX. Nov. 1978

ABOVE: VOCX 1167 at Port Melbourne, 1979.

ABOVE: After the 1979 recoding the VOBX code was use to signify an ELX without tarpaulin support gear.
VOBX 1001 at Port Melbourne 1979.



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