In 1935, five BDSE carriages were converted from mail sorting use to baggage and van use. The new class letters were BCE, numbers 1 - 5.
Cars 1 - 5 were converted from BDSE 4, 1, 2, 6 and 7 respectively.
These vehicles saw use on passenger trains to replace the dead weight of large bogie vans.
With the change in passenger train rostering and new carriage sets, these cars were out of service by the mid 1980's. All were set aside for preservation with some running on chartered trips.
Vehicle history list
Photos for 'BCE '
FileID Description................................................BB716 BCE 1, Spencer Street, 25/3/1980, [oFXC]CM959 BCE 1, Spencer Street, 1970s, [oBAU]AO408 BCE 1 - waybill, [sDMG]CZ318 BCE 2, Spencer Street, 20/4/1979, [oPJV]AB021 BCE 2, Maldon, 1996, [sPJV]AB020 BCE 2, c1975, [oPJV]BH680 BCE 2 - from cutting, Seymour, 25/4/1979, [oPJV]AY211 BCE 2 - veXp, Spencer Street, 20/4/1979, [oPJV]CZ220 BCE 2 - veXq, Spencer Street, 20/4/1979, [oPJV]AF583 BCE 3, 1954, [oDXC]AB022 BCE 3, North Melbourne, c1975, [oPJV]AB023 BCE 3 - full width buffer plate, Seymour, 7/1953, [oDXC]AF042 BCE 4, [oDMG]BP386 BCE 4 - pass end, chalk oiling marks, Flinders Street, 4/7/1982, [oPJV]BD198 BCE 4 - van end, clear, Woodend, 8/11/1976, [oRXO]BP388 BCE 4 - van end, part side, Flinders Street, 4/7/1982, [oPJV]AB024 BCE 5, Spencer Street, c1976, [oPJV]BD199 BCE 5 - van end, clear, sq windows, Spencer Street, c1977, [oRXO]
No diagrams found for BCE
File c290m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 17/9/2007