VF louvre vans

VF 1 at Melb. yard 1978.

Number in Class 82
1976 total 75
Number group 1 - 82
Construction period 1925 - 1929
In service 1962 - late 70's
1979 recode VLBY
Where built Newport
Diagrams (both types)

General arrangement 1943

General arrangement 1967

Outline 2 door

Outline 4 door

Modeling HO: Ian Lindsay models make great kits of the 2 and 4 door versions
From 1962 to 1964 the majority of V's were recoded to VF, those V's that remained were recoded to VF by the mid 70's.

In 1925 VR had 2 "wagon kits" sent over from the American Car & Foundry company (ACF), VR assembled the "kits" at Newport and coded them V 1 & 2. Between 1927 and 1929 VR built 80 copies in 2 batches:

1927 - 1928, V 3 - V 52 (single door)
1929, V 53 - V 82 (double doors)

ABOVE: VLBY 2 (ex VF 2) at Port Mebourne April 1980
photo courtesy Peter J Vincent

VF 3 was the first production V after VR assembled the two "kits" from ACF. All the V's VR built had corrugated roofs, photo May 6 1978

VF 19 at Dandenong Feb 1978.

VF 27 at Nth Geelong yard, April 12 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

VF 31 at Williamstown pier. April 15 1978.

VF 51 at Arden St. April 1 1978.

VF 54 is representative of the second batch that VR built, the feature of this batch was the double doors, photo Feb. 1978.

VF 75 at Melb yard, May 2 1978
Note the "Melbourne - Traralgon News Express" stencil
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

ABOVE: One of the two AC&F pattern wagons, prior to entry into service.

V 27 in original condition, circa 1928
Official VR photo, State Library of Victoria collection

V 10 in as built condition, photo circa 1932
Official VR photo

BELOW: Roof view of a single door V, early 1960's
Official VR photo

Closeup of the "aligned bogie" that caused the wagons to be recoded from V to VF.

Not sure what happened here as VF 29 appears to be "off register" and it certainly shouldn't be carrying a "F" stencil with archbar bogies. This wagon appears to have gone into local traffic and they forgot to paint out the "F". Photo at Seymour, Dec. 1980.
Photo courtesy Rob O'Regan

VF 8, photographed 1978

VF 16 at North Melbourne workshops, 1978
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent

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