"Oil Tank" (OT) Wagon Group


The tank wagon group started in 1902 with the petroleum group "Shell" requiring tank wagons. Up to this time, tank wagons for water, etc were modified from surplus engine tenders, usually of the six and four wheel variety. Wagons in the new "Oil Tank" group were initially purpose built.

Wagons 1 - 83 were issued to traffic between 1902 and 1928. Up to 1928 all the wagons were fixed wheel. From 1928, bogie tank wagons were issued.

To complicate matters, it seems that any wagon that qualified as "tank" was placed into this number group. This led to patchy number groups within this class as four wheel wagons were placed in service in between bogie construction. And not all tank wagons were for petroleum and like products. Some were for transporting water.

From 1961, the bogie tank wagons were reclassified into groups _TW_ and TWF_ . In later years TWX_ tanks were introduced. TW indicated low speed, TWF for high speed, non bogie exchange and TWX for "bogie exchange" capability and high speed.

Original lettering had "OIL TANK nnnn" on the underframe where "nnn" was the number. In the late 1970's this was shortened to "OT". The code "OT" was adopted when railway records were computerised. This writer has adopted "OT" for personal computerisation of records and uses "OT" to mean "OIL TANK" where referenced.

Most four wheel petroleum tank wagons used by Shell and British Petroleum were placed in storage by 1977 and subsequently scrapped or disposed of.

A few four wheel tank wagons were in rail service transporting loco lube oil and diesel fuel.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'OT  '

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

   AF989 OT - BP, [sPJV]
   AI865 OT - Off Reg homemade transfer wagon, part view, Newport Workshops, 5/1958, [oPJV]
   AR797 OT - unlettered, workshops type, Ballarat East, c1967, [oPXJ]
   BG717 OT - as depot fuel tank, s2, Hamilton, 11/8/1976, [oPJV]
   AV293 OT - body, Brucks mill, Wangaratta, 20/1/2000, [oPJV]
   AN890 OT - Newport Transfer, 1968, [oPJV]
   AV405 OT - rake - all stored, Tottenham, 14/1/2000, [oPJV]
   AN889 OT - underframe, Coal Creek, 1996, [oPJV]
   AT260 OT - VACUUM BITUMEN, Melbourne Yard, 1958, [oNDP]
   AD276 OT - wagon tops, [oFXK]
   AN891 OT 1, [sPJV]
   AA066 OT 2, [oMDN]
   AA923 OT 2, 1926, [oMDN]
   AW695 OT 2, [sMDN]
   AN914 OT 6, [sPJV]
   AA067 OT 8, [oMDN]
   AA920 OT 8, 1926, [oMDN]
   AN919 OT 8, [sPJV]
   AU552 OT 8, c1919, [sFXK]
   AW696 OT 8, [sMDN]
   CZ580 OT 15 - s2p, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AT595 OT 16 - BP, North Geelong, c1978, [oPHD]
   CZ581 OT 16 - s2p, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN892 OT 17, [sPJV]
   AH407 OT 17 - Museum site, Sunshine, [oRXO]
   CZ582 OT 17 - s2p, BP, Port Melbourne, 10/1976, [oRXO]
   BM824 OT 18 - s1e1, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM825 OT 18 - s1p, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ583 OT 18 - s1p, BP, Port Melbourne, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN893 OT 19, [sPJV]
   AH470 OT 19 - BP, Maldon, [sPJV]
   AN896 OT 26, [sPJV]
   CZ584 OT 26 - s1, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN897 OT 27, [sPJV]
   BH403 OT 27 - as 27 Oil Tank, hand lettering, 1975, [oPJV]
   BM809 OT 27 - s1e1, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM814 OT 27 - s1p, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BH397 OT 27 - s1p, BP, Port Melbourne, 1975, [oPJV]
   AT594 OT 29 - BP, North Geelong, c1978, [oPHD]
   CN165 OT 29 - BP, s1, Port Melbourne, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BM822 OT 29 - s1e1 BP, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM823 OT 29 - s1p BP, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM812 OT 31 - e2p, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM811 OT 31 - e2q, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ586 OT 31 - s2, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BM810 OT 31 - s2e2c BP, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM813 OT 31 - s2p, Port Melbourne, 23/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BH396 OT 31 - s2p, BP, Port Melbourne, 1975, [oPJV]
   BH404 OT 31 - stencilled 31 Oil Tank , 1975, [oPJV]
   AN898 OT 32, [sPJV]
   CZ587 OT 32 - s2, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/19/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ588 OT 33 - s1e2, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AN899 OT 37, [sPJV]
   AN900 OT 37 - 1, [sPJV]
   AF988 OT 37 - SHELL, 1960s, [oPXJ]
   AN901 OT 48, [sPJV]
   AN902 OT 48 - 2, [sPJV]
   CZ591 OT 48 - s1e2, SHELL, Bendigo, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   B1043 OT 48 - Shell, Tottenham Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AN907 OT 51, [sPJV]
   BF023 OT 51 - e2q, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF024 OT 51 - e2q, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF022 OT 51 - s2e2c, Shell, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   B3393 OT 53, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BG352 OT 58 - s1e2, Tottenham Yard, 17/1/1976, [oPJV]
   AN915 OT 60, [sPJV]
   AN916 OT 70, [sPJV]
   CN166 OT 70 - s1 BP, Port Melbourne, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CF952 OT 73, Donald, 19/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AN917 OT 74, [sPJV]
   BG674 OT 76 - s2p, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BG675 OT 76 - s2q, Newport Workshops, 27/1/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ603 OT 77 - s2e1, BP, Port Melbourne, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BE334 OT 77N- lettering, axlebox, Port Melbourne, 29/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE333 OT 77N- s1e2, BP, Port Melbourne, 29/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BD738 OT 77N- s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 3/9/1984, [oPJV]
   AN918 OT 78, [sPJV]
   B3404 OT 80 - lettering 80 Oil Tank, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   B3405 OT 80 - lettering: PV 1.79 SN, Tottenham Yard, 18/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AN920 OT 83, [sPJV]
   AT276 OT 83 - Black/white steps/ladders/brake, Daylesford, 1/2000, [oARB]
   DB171 OT 83 - lettering, EMPTY/FULL indicator, Daylesford, 9/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB170 OT 83 - restored as Oil Tank , s2e1, narrow view, Daylesford, 9/1/2003, [oPJV]
   CP863 OT 126 - Chlorine carrier, ldd, 1950s, [sPHD]
   CP864 OT 127 - Chlorine carrier, handrails,ldd, 1950s, [sPHD]
   AN895 OT 243, [sPJV]
   AN903 OT 483, [sPJV]
   AN904 OT 483 - 2, [sPJV]
   AN905 OT 483 - 3, [sPJV]
   AU879 OT 483 - Lube oil, BO - Dynon, Bendigo, 18/2/1977, [oPJV]
   CB351 OT 483 - s1p LOCO LUBE OIL, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB350 OT 483 - s1q LOCO LUBE OIL, Bendigo, 8/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CZ620 OT 483 - s2, Diesel Fuel Locomotive, Bendigo, 1/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AN906 OT 508, [sPJV]
   BP647 OT 508 - s1e1, DLF, Spencer Street, 28/2/1980, [oPJV]
   11645 OT 508 - s1p Ampol, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   11644 OT 508 - s1q Ampol, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   B1665 OT 509, Tottenham Yard, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BG037 OT 509 - s2e1, DLF, North Geelong Yard, 27/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BG038 OT 509 - s2e2, DLF, North Geelong Yard, 27/9/1981, [oPJV]
   11643 OT 509 - s2p Ampol, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   11642 OT 509 - s2q Ampol, Tottenham Yard, 16/4/1978, [oPJV]
   AN908 OT 510, [sPJV]
   BM082 OT 510 - DLF, s2e2c, Tottenham Yard, 20/4/1980, [oPJV]
   CQ404 OT 510 - s1p, [oDAC]
   AN909 OT 511, [sPJV]
   B1032 OT 511 - DLF, Tottenham Yard, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]
   BM186 OT 511 - DLF, s2e1, Newport Workshops, 2/6/1980, [oPJV]
   AN910 OT 512, [sPJV]
   AN911 OT 512 - 2, [sPJV]
   BO778 OT 512 - s2e1, Loco Lube Oil, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   AN912 OT 513, [sPJV]
   AN913 OT 513 - 2, [sPJV]
   DR665 OT 515 - lettered OIL TANK , Ampol, Tottenham Yard, 12/10/1980, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for OT   

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File c198m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 24/8/2007