T insulated iced vans (192 - 417)
T 417 at Tottenham, off register and on its way to being scrapped, 1978.
|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 about 6 inches thick for insulation. The vertical channel at the end was a drain for the ice bunker.This series of T vans had a 15 1/2 ton capacity. Truly a relic from a bygone age they lasted to the late 70's in general boxvan service.
A very comprehensive article by Phil Dunn on this series of T vans appeared in the April 1996 issue of A.M.R.M.
T 251 circa 1932, note the lack of side and end bracing and the earlier design door handle
Photo courtesy Victorian Railways
T 233 at Dandenong July 1 1978.
T 306 at Port Melbourne Dec. 3 1979
Photo courtesy Rob O'Regan
T 316 at Murchison East, Feb. 20 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler
T 368 at Newport workshops Feb 1978
Circa 1910 photo in "as built" condition
As built, T's 369 - 392 entered service as TFM's, they carried frozen carcasses. They lacked ice hatches but got them when they
were converted to regular T vans. Photo date 1930's
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