BP - Steel Mail/Baggage Van


Twenty steel vans were built in 1958. Numbers were BP 3 to 22. They were fitted with passenger speed bogies, type "BX" meaning "Box Express".

When designed, the class letters were going to be 'XP'

_BP_ 1 and 2 were originally _TT_ bogie boxvans had been recoded and renumbered.

Further construction was split between BP vans and _BB_ vans fitted with plain bearing bogies. Whilst the steel BP number group was 3 - 102, continual conversions in and out of the class saw only thirty to forty vans in service at any one time.

BP 98 was fitted with a head end power unit in 1961 for head end power testing prior to standard gauge operation. When the power unit was removed, the end panel was replaced with flat sheet steel.

In the 1979 recoding the class was recoded to VBPY.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BP  '

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

   AT692 BP 3 - RS1354, Newport Workshops, 5/1958, [oPTC]
   AI436 BP 6, Albury, NSW, 20/12/1974, [oPJV]
   DN685 BP 6 - s1e1, large VR, Spencer Street, 22/9/1976, [oRXO]
   DN704 BP 8 - s1, North Melbourne C&W, 13/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DN724 BP 11 - s1e2, VR, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DQ662 BP 20 - s2, VR, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   B1450 BP 27 - part view, Canal Zone, 13/4/1978, [oPJV]
   DQ665 BP 27 - s2, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BD162 BP 32 - part view, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AT707 BP 34 - body, near rail crossing, Bealiba, c1993, [oJAS]
   BX018 BP 41, Flinders Street Yard, 20/3/1978, [oPJV]
   DQ725 BP 41 - s2, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ744 BP 52 - s1e2, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ745 BP 52 - s2e2, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   BV235 BP 54 - detail: tail disc down, Flinders Street Yard, 5/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BV229 BP 54 - detail: tail disc up, no catch, Flinders Street Yard, 5/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BV236 BP 54 - detail: tail disc up, with catch, Flinders Street Yard, 5/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BV226 BP 54 - e1p, Flinders Street Yard, 5/5/1979, [oPJV]
   BV222 BP 54 - e1q, Flinders Street Yard, 5/5/1979, [oPJV]
   DQ749 BP 54 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 17/8/1976, [oRXO]
   DQ752 BP 56 - s2e1, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   AT676 BP 57 - body as shed, Myers Flat, 7/1997, [oNXB]
   AW830 BP 57 - part view (poor), Spencer St, MayHol1967, [oPJV]
   CA753 BP 64 - s1@e1, Benalla, 7/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CA754 BP 64 - s1e2, Benalla, 7/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DQ755 BP 64 - s1e2c, Spencer Street, 27/9/1976, [oRXO]
   DQ756 BP 68 - s1, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ758 BP 74 - s2e2, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ763 BP 81, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   AT673 BP 81 - s2e1c, Bendigo, 22/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DQ766 BP 89 - s1, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ767 BP 89 - s1e1ch, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ768 BP 90 - doors open, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ769 BP 91 - s2e1c, doors open, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ770 BP 92 - s2e1c, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DQ771 BP 96 - s1, Spencer Street, c1976, [oRXO]
   DQ772 BP 96 - s1p, North Melbourne C&W, 13/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AI439 BP 97, Canal Zone, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   CU421 BP 97 - s1e1, Canal Zone, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   DQ773 BP 97 - s1e2, panel ex power van mod, Spencer Street, 20/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CU422 BP 97 - s1e2/panel, Canal Zone, 11/1/1979, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'BP  '

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

   AS757 BP - diagram B-6, 27/6/1975, [oPTC]

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File c156m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 4/7/2007