V-class bogie Covered Van (outside frame), No. 260

Commonwealth Railways

Standard Gauge


Class operators: Commonwealth Railways

Condition: Excellent

Entered service: October 1914

Entered the museum: 24th May 1988.

Length (over coupling points): 37’ 6’’

Load Weight: 35 tons

Ownership: Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Provenance: Commonwealth Railways

Tare Weight: 17 tons 15 cwt 3 q

Withdrawn: 1988


This van was built by Gray Bros. of Port Adelaide as an R-class Flat Wagon, and would have probably been used to carry rail for the construction of the Transcontinental Railway. A year or so later it was rebuilt as a G-class Open Wagon, and ran as such until 1940 when it was again rebuilt; this time to a VZ-class Covered Van. Some time thereafter the Z was dropped and it ran as V.260 until reclassified ABGY by Australian National about 1980. It was donated to the Museum; being delivered on 24th May 1988.

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