T insulated iced vans (1 - 191)
T 12 at Nth Geelong yard, Feb. 8 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler
|The T's had a ice bunker running along the middle of the ceiling that was filled with ice from hatches in the roof. They were used to transport meat carcasses or other goods that required a cool temperture. Their walls were between 4 and 6 inches thick for insulation. The vertical channel at the end was a drain for the ice bunker. All T's in this number group had lever type handbrakes. This series of T vans had a 12 ton capacity. Truly a relic from a bygone age they lasted to the late 70's in "refrigerated" service.
A very comprehensive article by Phil Dunn on this series of T vans appeared in the April 1995 issue of A.M.R.M.
T 78 photo at Williamstown pier. April 22 1978.
T 98 at Newport workshops Feb 1978
T 102 at Williamstown, April 22 1978.
T 107 at Newport workshops Feb 1978
T 129. photo at Williamstown pier. April 22 1978.
Note the older style handbrake.
T 143. photo at Williamstown pier. April 22 1978
T 173. photo at Williamstown April 22 1978
T 191 at Williamstown, April 22 1978.
Frank Kell's 4mm scale scratchbuilt T van.
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