OH - Overhead Maintenance vehicles


In 1915, a fleet of _H__ vans were fitted with roof platforms for the overhead wire installation. The train of about fifteen vans was used by the contractor for the work. Once the project was completed, the vans were used for maintenance. Over the years the vans were gradually scrapped. When the Gippsland electrification project started in the early 1950's, a new train was required.

A redundant fleet of _F__ and _FF_ horseboxes were used to make roof platform vans. Some scrap underframes were converted to flat trucks to carry the reels of wire.

The number group was 1 to 32.

The overhead train composed of these vehicles ran until the mid 1980's when it was replaced by road vehicles fitted with 'HiRail' gear, platforms and 'cherry pickers'. The main reason for the change was the method of working. There were about three types of work being performed along the top of the platform and the work progressed at the speed of the slowest job. By moving to Hi-Rail equipment, it was possible to use fewer workers and the pace could be improved. When the fastest job was done, then those workers could then be used to assist the follow up crews.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'OH  '

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

   DJ586 OH - Overhead train/T 331, Spencer Street, 12/12/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ613 OH - Overhead train/T 331/trailing view, Spencer Street, 12/12/1976, [oPJV]
   BO970 OH - cable reel on Hirail truck, Flinders Street, 9/7/1982, [oPJV]
   AH600 OH 3, 1978, [oBAU]
   AN829 OH 3, [oPJV]
   AN834 OH 3, 1977, [oPJV]
   CZ585 OH 3, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN830 OH 3 - 1, [sPJV]
   AN831 OH 3 - 2, [oPJV]
   AN832 OH 3 - 3, [oPJV]
   AN833 OH 3 - body, Rocklyn, [sPJV]
   11217 OH 6, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 7/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AN835 OH 6 - 1, [oPJV]
   AN836 OH 6 - 2, [oPJV]
   AN837 OH 6 - 3, [oPJV]
   11218 OH 6 - e2q/roller, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 7/4/1978, [oPJV]
   BC221 OH 6 - s2, shows roller, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AH602 OH 7, 1978, [oBAU]
   AN838 OH 7, [oPJV]
   CZ461 OH 7, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CU425 OH 7 - lettering: Scrap Key 4, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   CU424 OH 7 - s1, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AH599 OH 8, 1978, [oBAU]
   CZ466 OH 8 - sXp, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN839 OH 9, [oPJV]
   CU429 OH 10, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AN814 OH 10 - 1, [sPJV]
   AN815 OH 10 - 2, [sPJV]
   AN816 OH 10 - 3, [sPJV]
   CU430 OH 10 - lettering: Gear Key 11, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   CB094 OH 10 - part view, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 16/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BC271 OH 10 - s2p, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AH605 OH 10 - T, 1978, [oBAU]
   CU426 OH 11, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AN817 OH 11 - 1, [sPJV]
   AN818 OH 11 - 2, [sPJV]
   AN819 OH 11 - 3, [sPJV]
   CU427 OH 11 - lettering: Motor Key 2, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   AH603 OH 11 - M, 1978, [oBAU]
   BY389 OH 11 - open door/interior detail/ motor , North Melbourne C&W Shops, 11/7/1980, [oPJV]
   CZ609 OH 11 - windows blanked, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN820 OH 12 - 1, [sPJV]
   AN821 OH 12 - 2, [sPJV]
   AH606 OH 12 - rake view, 1978, [oBAU]
   CZ500 OH 12 - s1, roof platform, 6 whls, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN822 OH 15 - 1, [sPJV]
   AN823 OH 15 - 2, [sPJV]
   CZ359 OH 15 - s2, window blanked, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AH607 OH 15 - Wire roller, 1978, [oBAU]
   AN824 OH 16, [oPJV]
   AN811 OH 16, Ballan, 1996, [oPJV]
   AH604 OH 16, 1978, [oBAU]
   CU428 OH 16 - lettered: Scrap Key 1, North Melbourne, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   CZ511 OH 16 - sXp, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN825 OH 18, [oPJV]
   DS911 OH 18, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BO003 OH 18 - part view, scrapped inverted body, Newport Workshops, 16/3/1981, [oPJV]
   CZ520 OH 19 - 1st, s2, cable drums, Jolimont Workshops, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN826 OH 19 - A, [oPJV]
   AN827 OH 19 - B, [oPJV]
   AH598 OH 19 - reel truck, 1978, [oBAU]
   BA063 OH 20 - s1, cable truck, Jolimont Workshops, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CN159 OH 20 - s2e2, reel transport/holders/no reels, Jolimont Workshops, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BA099 OH 25 - s1e2, cable truck, Jolimont Workshops, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN828 OH 26, [sPJV]
   BG618 OH 27 - underframe, ldd, tarp covered, Newport Workshops, 6/11/1975, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for OH   

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File c075m compiled by Peter J. Vincent.