UB / VLAA - Bogie Louvre Van


Six wheel _U__ louvre vans were being converted to four wheels and auto-couplers in 1933/34. Opportunity was taken across two projects to convert 60 No. U louvre vans to bogie, auto coupled stock. The projects spanned one block of 50 vans and a followup block of 10 vans. The conversion was to autocoupler 'pockets' with transition hooks used to match existing hook coupled stock. At required times through to the 1950's, the transition hooks were replaced with auto couplers.

The UB numbers were 1 to 60.

UB vans found service behind railmotors on lightly used branch lines. They were originally fitted with diamond frame bogies. These were the bogies that were dispaced from _QR_ open wagons by barframe bogies. One can wonder whether the intention was to use the bogies up, thereby saving money in the autocoupler project.

Probably about the 1940's, some UB's were fitted with welded steel frame bogies more suitable to passenger speeds. And for use on passenger trains and railmotor traffic, the vans were fitted with side lamp brackets and tail discs. Hence these fittings still attached when running as UB vans in the late 1970's.

From 1955, the railways introduced a code system to identify vehicle speeds. This was an urgent consideration as the new 'standard guage' link was under construction and fast goods vehicles were to be marshalled in trains. The UB vehicles in passenger traffic were coded _UP_, the "P" denoting passenger speed. With the reduction of UP traffic in the early 1960's, the vans were recoded back to UB.

In the early 1960's, some UB vans were fitted with fast freight bogies and recoded to _UF_.


The last UB in service, UB 56 was recoded to VLAA 56 in 1981. Documents indicated the code for UB would be 'VLLA', but this was a typing mistake.

The van was out of service by 1984.

In 1992 is was sighted at Spotswood Workshops, held for preservation.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'UB  '

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

   CQ780 UB - brake rigging 2, c1978, [sPHD]
   CQ781 UB - brake rigging 3, s2 handbrake wheel/lever, c1978, [sPHD]
   CQ779 UB - brake rigging detail/levers/cylinder, c1978, [sPHD]
   DF047 UB - detail: s2 brake lever/eqmt, 1970s, [oPHD]
   DF045 UB - handbrake/brake rodding, triple valve/res, 1970s, [oPHD]
   CN293 UB - Off Reg, CONDEMNED, s1e2c, louvres missing, Rangelea, 1970s, [oBAU]
   DF046 UB - undergear/brake res/levers/triple valve, 1970s, [oPHD]
   AR097 UB 1, [sPJV]
   BC995 UB 2 - s1p, panel on door, East Yard, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BC996 UB 2 - s2e1, cast, no door panels, East Yard, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BC998 UB 3 - s1e2, cast bogies, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CN294 UB 3 - s2, Off Reg, Rangelea, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BC999 UB 4 - s1e2, cast bogies, East Yard, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CN295 UB 4 - s2, Off Reg, Rangelea, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CN296 UB 5 - s2, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BD000 UB 5 - s2e2, cast bogies, c1977, [oRXO]
   BD001 UB 7 - s1, cast bogies, East Yard, 3/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD002 UB 11 - s1, cast bogies, Mortlake, 28/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD003 UB 12 - s1, cast bogies, East Yard, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CB383 UB 13 - OR/COND, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CP913 UB 18 - cast bogies, wide doors, 3 panel, Maldon, 1990s, [oPHD]
   AR098 UB 19, [sPJV]
   B3383 UB 19 - OR/barframe/ Young Husband , Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   CN297 UB 19 - s1e1, YoungHusband Ltd, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CN298 UB 19 - s1e2, barframes, 1970s, [oBAU]
   AR099 UB 22, [sPJV]
   BD004 UB 22 - s2, cast, Camberwell, 24/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CB515 UB 23 - OR COND, Rangelea, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CN299 UB 23 - s2e1, cast bogies, 1970s, [oBAU]
   AA084 UB 24, [sPJV]
   AF567 UB 24, 1968, [oPXC]
   AG003 UB 24, [oPXC]
   AR100 UB 24, [oPXC]
   AF967 UB 24 - advert, [oPXC]
   BG680 UB 24 - s1e2c, ex lift/paint over advert, barf, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]
   CN300 UB 25 - s1e1, Off Reg, Rangelea, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BK994 UB 26 - body, L4, in entrance to goods yard, Bendigo, 29/6/1975, [oPJV]
   BD005 UB 26 - body, station yard, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD006 UB 28 - s1, cast, East Yard, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   AV683 UB 30 - s2e1, trap, wide full doors, Ballarat Workshops, 18/2/1977, [oPJV]
   BD007 UB 31 - s2, cast, East Yard, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   CQ397 UB 32 - chalked destinations Koondrook , [oDAC]
   CQ399 UB 32 - s2e2, [oDAC]
   BD009 UB 34 - part view, East Yard, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   CN301 UB 34 - s2e2, Off Reg, Rangelea, 1970s, [oBAU]
   AR101 UB 38, [sPJV]
   BD010 UB 38 - s1, cast, East Yard, 23/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CN302 UB 38 - s1e1, Dandenong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   AR102 UB 39, [sPJV]
   AR103 UB 45, [sPJV]
   AR104 UB 47, [sPJV]
   BD011 UB 47 - s2, cast, narrow doors, flat roof, East Yard, 12/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AR105 UB 49, [sPJV]
   DK686 UB 50 - part view, L4, barframes, Orbost, 24/6/1970, [oPJV]
   BG432 UB 50 - s2e1, cast, wide doors, Bairnsdale, 22/9/1975, [oPJV]
   CQ778 UB 52 - s1, flat roof, barframes, narrow doors, c1979, [sPHD]
   DF044 UB 52 - s1e2, barframe bogies, narrow doors, 1970s, [oPHD]
   AQ550 UB 56, Bendigo, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AR106 UB 56, [sPJV]
   AR107 UB 56 - 2, [sPJV]
   AD334 UB 56 - diamond frame bogies, 1934, [oPTC]
   BM311 UB 56 - lettering: OR, No brake on train, North Melbourne C&W, 20/5/1980, [oPJV]
   BD012 UB 56 - s1, barframe, flat roof, door panels, East Yard, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BR875 UB 56 - s1e2, Williamstown Pier, 7/12/1980, [oPJV]
   BO586 UB 56 - s2e1c, doors open, Williamstown Pier, 20/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BM154 UB 56 - s2e1c, wide door, 3 plain louvres, Newport Workshops, 9/6/1980, [oPJV]
   BD013 UB 58 - s1, barframe, flat roof, narrow doors, East Yard, 15/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CN303 UB 58 - s2e1, narrows doors, barframes/disc wheels, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BG841 UB 60 - s2e1c, cast, narrow doors, Spencer Street, 12/11/1975, [oPJV]
   CN304 UB 60 - s2e21c, narrow doors, 1970s, [oBAU]
   No diagrams found for UB   
   Photos   for  'VLAA  '

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

   BD633 VLAA 56 - class lettering, Dandenong, 30/7/1981, [oPJV]
   BD632 VLAA 56 - s1e2, wide doors, blank 3 sections, Dandenong, 30/7/1981, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for VLAA   

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File c022m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 22/1/2007