QN - Ballast/Rail Wagon

There were one hundred and twenty one QN vehicles built for ballasting and maintenance work between 1901 and 1920's. QN's were numbered 1 - 121.

The vehicles featured bottom discharge for ballast work and a flat floor with steel plates across the hoppers for strengthening and for support when carrying rails.

Rail carrying in these vehicle probably stopped with the introduction of _KR_ rail carrying trucks in the late 1950's, which was about the start of long rail transportation.

The vehicles ran on plateframe bogies with some vehicles being fitted with cast bogies in the 1960's/1970's: 1 and 116 to mention two wagons.

Most vehicles ran within districts and were stencilled for the loading location. Ruby in South Gippsland was one such location, Marong near Bendigo another.

QN 31 was fitted with a cement mixer and associated equipment. It appears the vehicle was used for the installation of electrical overhead masts along the suburban routes. A photo shows the wagon in the late 1930's after conversion to autocouplers. It was photographed in the 1970's converted back for standard use.


QN's were all built to the same 'pattern'. However the QN vehicles built in the mid 1920's have a slightly different side arrangement. From correspondence, the underframes left over from the _NN_ to _O__ hopper wagon project were to be used for the construction of _QR_ wagons. Inspection of photographs showed no underframes with splices but the QN's built about the same time show splices in the side frames. These are QN's numbered 92 - 121 and they feature a splice plate towards one end of the vehicle.

What has yet to be determined is whether the frame joins are diagonal for each side or whether the joins are at the same end for both sides. The railway General Arrangements do not show the splice.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'QN  '

FileID Description................................................

   AT454 QN - wagons on ballast, Bylands, 1969, [oPJV]
   AO913 QN 1, [sPJV]
   AU218 QN 1, c1905, [oPTC]
   BC202 QN 1 - s2e1c, cast, Bendigo North, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   B3274 QN 8, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3283 QN 10, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AO915 QN 11, [sPJV]
   AW694 QN 15 - Clifton Hill regrading works , [sMDN]
   BC256 QN 15 - s1e2, Woodend, 8/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AO916 QN 19, [sPJV]
   AO917 QN 22, 1996, [sPJV]
   AH455 QN 22, Maldon, [sPJV]
   CB798 QN 22 - ldd ballast, preserved Vic Goldfields Rly, Muckleford, 9/1996, [oJAB]
   BC156 QN 22 - s1e2, Bendigo North, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BC167 QN 23 - s1e2, Woodend, 8/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BQ124 QN 31, Centre Yard, 7/2/1980, [oPJV]
   AO918 QN 31, [sPJV]
   AF872 QN 31 - cement mixer, Toorak, 1932, [oWXL]
   B3327 QN 31 - s1e2, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CB264 QN 31 - with cemnet mixer, Toorak, c1938, [oWAL]
   AW591 QN 37 - walkways, concrete train, 1900s, [sMDN]
   CN191 QN 40 - s1e2, ldd ballast, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BP234 QN 41 - inverted body/OR, Queenscliff, 17/8/1980, [oPJV]
   AO919 QN 43, [sPJV]
   CN190 QN 49 - s2e1, Off Reg, Ballarat East, 1980s, [oBAU]
   BW123 QN 53 - e1, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BC218 QN 55 - s2e1, Yarrawonga, 18/9/1976, [oRXO]
   B3325 QN 59, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BY069 QN 61, North Geelong Yard, 29/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BC226 QN 65 - s1, ldd ballast, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN203 QN 67 - part view, Maryborough, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BY991 QN 71, Jolimont Workshops, 1/5/1979, [oPJV]
   B3284 QN 74, North Geelong Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AO920 QN 79, [sPJV]
   CB799 QN 79 - brake rigging/cylinder, preserved VicGoldRail, Muckleford, 11/2000, [oJAB]
   BX830 QN 89, Maryborough, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AN227 QN 89 - lettering/bogie, Maryborough, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AN222 QN 89 - plateframe bogie/long shackle, Maryborough, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BC253 QN 92 - s1e2, Woodend, 8/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CA952 QN 95, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 16/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BW123 QN 102 - e2, ldd ballast, North Geelong Yard, 9/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BL010 QN 103 - part view, Bendigo, 29/6/1975, [oPJV]
   BL876 QN 106 - s1e1c, ldd ballast, Pimpinio, 2/6/1979, [oPJV]
   CK464 QN 114, North Geelong Yard, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'QN  '

FileID Description................................................

   AK149 QN - outline sketch, c1974, [oPJV]

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File c019m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 19/1/2007