T - Harris Trailer Car


Harris trains were introduced in 1956. Trailer cars were numbered 601 - 690 (1st series) and 801 - 896 (2nd series).

For trials on planned new suburban trains, six trailers were built to 75' length, 15' longer than ordinary cars. The cars were numbered 891 - 896. Pairs of these cars were placed into three sets. Each set being the equivalent length of 7 1/2 'standard' length suburban trains. The sets were run on lines modified for eight car trains. Generally this was all lines except Pt Melb, St Kilda, Sandringham, Epping and Hurstbridge.

As the Harris car fleet was lined with asbestos insulation they were starting to prove a hazard by the late 1970's. Increased vandalism inside the cars exposed the asbestos to crews, maintenance and the travelling public. This exposure initiated industrial unrest to repair or withdraw the cars.

With more Comeng trains in service by the late 1980's, the Harris trains were withdrawn from service.

The majority of cars were buried in a large pit at Clayton; a cheaper option than industrial asbestos removal.

Comeng rebuilt some cars to 'Grey Ghost' _T__ cars. The railways also stripped about forty cars for interurban service. Four cars became railmotor trailers.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'T  '

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

   AA194 T 101 - h, vic, Dandenong, 19/8/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ023 T 601 - h, 9 for 6, Jolimont Workshops, 14/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ022 T 602 - h, 9 for 6, Jolimont Workshops, 14/1/1982, [oPJV]
   CU666 T 613 - h, end comm, Jolimont Workshops, 10/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BQ608 T 616 - h, asbestos protection wrap, Jolimont Workshops, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   CV871 T 616 - h, end/bogie/ID, plastic wrapped, Jolimont Workshops, 9/11/1984, [oPJV]
   CV869 T 616 - h, end/plastic wrapped a/c asbestos, Jolimont Workshops, 9/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ612 T 616 - h, ID, Jolimont Workshops, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   CV868 T 616 - h, plastic wrapped a/c asbestos, Jolimont Workshops, 9/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ611 T 616 - h, wrapped, Jolimont Workshops, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ613 T 616 - h, wrapped in tarps, Jolimont Workshops, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BI824 T 617 - h, 9 used as 6 lettering, Dandenong, 27/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BF094 T 623 - h, eXp, Jolimont Workshops, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BF093 T 623 - h, eXq, Jolimont Workshops, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BF092 T 623 - h, no end door, Jolimont Workshops, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BP711 T 625 - h, comm door, Flinders Street Yard, 31/3/1982, [oPJV]
   BO624 T 635 - h, part view, Glen Waverley, 30/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BF135 T 636 - h, coupled, buffers, solid drawbar, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF134 T 636 - h, no end door, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF133 T 636 - h, sXp, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BQ002 T 637 - h, no comm comm door, Flinders Street Yard, 29/3/1982, [oPJV]
   CT752 T 641 - h, part view, Jolimont Workshops, 27/12/1978, [oPJV]
   CU288 T 645 - h, tap, Jolimont Workshops, 25/5/1977, [oPJV]
   BR849 T 652 - h, comm, Jolimont Workshops, 6/12/1980, [oPJV]
   BI212 T 652 - h, part view, comm doors, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BP974 T 659 - h, end comm doors, cpld to 578M, Flinders Street Yard, 2/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BI214 T 660 - h, comm doors, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BF128 T 662 - h, end door, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF129 T 662 - h, sXp, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BO028 T 663 - h, part view stored, Newport Workshops, 17/3/1981, [oPJV]
   CB073 T 663 - h, sX1 opp end, burnt, Jolimont Workshops, 19/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BP971 T 665 - h, comm door, Flinders Street Yard, 2/4/1982, [oPJV]
   11315 T 669 - h, roof part side, Flinders Street Yard, 5/4/1978, [oPJV]
   CT747 T 673 - h, no comm, Jolimont Workshops, 27/12/1978, [oPJV]
   BO148 T 676 - h, scrap car, waybill, Jolimont Workshops, 16/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BH286 T 684 - h, comm doors, Flinders Street Yard, 7/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BO278 T 690 - h, end comm, Flinders Street Yard, 20/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO288 T 804 - h, no comm, Flinders Street Yard, 20/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO287 T 805 - h, no comm, Flinders Street Yard, 20/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BI982 T 820 - h, burnt, Jolimont Workshops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ126 T 820 - h, burnt, A side, Jolimont Workshops, 11/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ124 T 820 - h, burnt, B side, Jolimont Workshops, 11/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ125 T 820 - h, burnt, part B side, Jolimont Workshops, 11/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BI983 T 820 - h, burnt, part view/lettering, Jolimont Workshops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   B3133 T 825 + T 826 - h, perm cpld/no comm doors, Flinders Street Yard, 24/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BP709 T 828 - h, no comm door, Flinders Street Yard, 31/3/1982, [oPJV]
   BH743 T 828 - h, rusted body section/ID, Flinders Street Yard, 9/5/1983, [oPJV]
   BI109 T 831 - h, part view, Flinders Street Yard, 15/8/1983, [oPJV]
   BP241 T 844 - h, as SHELL T 8, Dandenong, 14/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP238 T 844 - h, stripped, as SHELL 8, Dandenong, 14/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP239 T 844 - h, stripped, as SHELL 8, Dandenong, 14/4/1982, [oPJV]
   CU437 T 859 - h, burnt/rebuilding/stored, Spotswood Rec Depot, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DO630 T 859 - h, scrap car, part view, burnt (r), Spotswood Rec Depot, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   CQ402 T 861 - h, burnt shell, Newport Workshops, [oDAC]
   DO630 T 861 - h, scrap car, part view, burnt (c), Spotswood Rec Depot, 29/1/1979, [oPJV]
   BO603 T 864 - h, no comm door, Jolimont Workshops, 25/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BQ134 T 867 - h, no comm, Flinders Street Yard, 9/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BL486 T 874 - h, burnt, Jolimont Workshops, 20/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BM745 T 874 - h, burnt, Jolimont Workshops, 11/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BM743 T 874 - h, comm, burnt, Jolimont Workshops, 11/3/1980, [oPJV]
   BO290 T 881 - h, end comm, Flinders Street Yard, 20/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BG913 T 887 - h, part view (dx), Tottenham Yard, 1/2/1981, [oPJV]
   DA672 T 893 - h, e2p, Jolimont Workshops, 8/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA673 T 893 - h, e2q, Jolimont Workshops, 8/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA671 T 893 - h, s1e2c, Jolimont Workshops, 8/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DA674 T 894 - h, s1e2, Jolimont Workshops, 8/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BO273 T 895 - h, couplings/hoses/end comm platform detail, Lilydale, 13/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO271 T 896 - h, windows down, Lilydale, 13/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BF907 T 3507 - h, met, Flinders Street Yard, 1/10/1984, [oPJV]
   BF908 T 3508 - h, met, Flinders Street Yard, 1/10/1984, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'T  '

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

   AU931 T - arched roof, 401 - 424, [oPTC]
   AU668 T - Harris, [oD26]
   AK628 T - Harris, B-11, [sPJV]
   AS880 T - Harris, diagram Car T-2, 7/6/1971, [oPTC]
   AS883 T - Harris, T 890, three door, diagram T-5, [oPTC]
   AS479 T - Harris, three door 75 , diagram T-7, [oPTC]
   AS882 T - Harris, three door, diagram T-4, T 862, [oPTC]
   AS884 T - Harris, three door, diagram T-6, [oPTC]
   BF554 T - t, 401+, c1925, [sPJV]
   AU665 T - Tait, [oPTC]
   AU656 T - Tait, arch roof, [oD26]
   AS881 T - two door Harris, diagram Car T-3, [oPTC]
   AS480 T 632 - rebuilt, diagram T-9, [oPTC]

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File c122m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 20/6/2007