Cf-class 4-wheel Cattle Van No.26

South Australian Railways

Broad Gauge


Class operators                                                  South Australian Railways; Australian National Railways

Provenance                                                        South Australian Railways; Australian National

Condition                                                            Good

Ownership                                                          Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Entered service                                                  January 1954

Entered the museum                                          26th January 1983

Number in class                                                 100

Tare Weight                                                        7 tons 15 cwt (7762 kilograms)

Load Weight                                                      9 head

Length (over coupling points)                           20’ 10’’ (6.35m)


Like the Sf-class, the Cf-class was a 4-wheel version of larger bogie vans built in 1929. As with sheep the need arose for vehicles in which smaller numbers of animals could be shipped, and the first Cf van was placed in service in October 1953. The 100 vans of this class were unusual in that all wooden components were produced by the Islington Workshops while the steel underframes were manufactured by the Perry Engineering Co., Mile End. All passed into Australian National ownership in March 1978.

No.26 was condemned on 23rd November 1982 and passed to the Mile End Railway Museum on 24th January 1983. It was forwarded to the museum 5th June 1987.

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