Sf-class 4-wheel Sheep Van No.160

South Australian Railways

Broad Gauge


Class operators                                                   South Australian Railways; Australian National Railways

Provenance                                                         South Australian Railways; Australian National

Condition                                                             Good

Entered service                                                   December 1952

Entered the museum                                           24th January 1983

Ownership                                                           Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Number in class                                                  180

Tare Weight                                                        9 tons 6 cwt (9304 kilograms)

Load Weight                                                       80 sheep

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


This class of van is a 4-wheel version of the S-class bogie sheep vans which had been introduced in 1930. The 180 Sf-class were built between 1938 and 1953 at the Islington Workshops, and with a capacity of 80 sheep, provided the means by which farmers could ship smaller numbers of sheep - 40 per deck.

The museum’s vehicle, No.160, was placed in service in December 1952, taken into Australian National stock in March 1978, and condemned on 23rd November 1982. It was placed in the Mile End Railway Museum on 24th January and sent to the museum on 5th June 1987.

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South Australia  5015
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