QH heavy duty flat wagons

QH 1 at Williamstown. Aug 6 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

Number in Class 4
Number group 1 - 4
Construction period 1955 - 1957
In service 1962 - end
1979 recode VFGA
Where built Newport
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When the 4 S class steam locos were cut up the tenders were recycled into these 4 heavy duty flat wagons. They were originally coded Q 132 - 135 until 1962. Over the years they saw infrequent use with the main traffic being to Cudgewa and Morwell/Yallourn. In the late 70's they saw a lot of service transporting cast cement bridge girders from Jewell to various locations where road and rail bridges were being built.





ABOVE: QH 3 at Newport workshops. Dec. 19 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler



ABOVE: QH 3 at West Tower. Nov. 1977
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

The last revenue traffic that the QH's were used in that I know of was road girders from Jewell on the Upfield line. Note the "safety wagons" either side to protect against the overhang. Photo date 1979.

ABOVE: Q 132 photographed circa 1955, 

ABOVE: Q 135 (which became QH 4 in 1962) loaded with a steam drum for the SEC, 1955. official VR photo 52a-11

ABOVE: This photo is from the Dec. 1961 VR newsletter and shows QH 3 (in its original class and number of Q 134) with a special load as described in the caption. Note the K flatwagons being used as safety wagons.

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