QN ballast wagons

QN 34 at Nth Geelong yard. Oct 21 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

Number in Class 121
Number group 1 - 121
Construction period 1909 - 1926
In service 1921 - end
1979 recode
Where built Newport workshops
Diagram General Arrangement
Modeling: Veteran Models makes an O scale kit.
QN's were for ballasting work. The ballast dropped out of the wagon by means of a door in the centre of the floor or for shoulder ballasting the side doors were opened and the ballast was manually shovelled out as shown in the photo at the bottom of the page.The wheels on the side of the wagon opened and closed the bottom doors.
# group built
001 - 091 1909 - 1913
092 - 121 1925 - 1926

QN 49 at Woodend. 1978.

QN 101 at Fyansford 1979, courtesy Rob O'Regan

QN 110 at Williamstown. Aug 6 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

QN 1 as built, photo 1909
Official VR photo

QN 22 at Bruthven during line construction circa 1915

QN 59, circa 1920's

QN 59 being loaded, probably during construction of the Bairnsdale - Orbost line, circa 1915

ABOVE: QN 36 photographed sometime between 1911 and 1931
photo courtesy State Library Victoria

On a few occasions QN's were fitted up for cement production associated with overhead construction.

QNs under construction at Newport workshops.
Official VR photo

The article below is from the Dec. 1956 VR newsletter

page last updated Mon, 28 Jan 2013