The First Class sitting cars for the "Spirit of Progress" train were coded 'AS' from 1939.
The cars were originally uncoded and numbered simply 1 to 5. However, they were known by the administration as "Steel AE" cars. With more construction due in 1940, the numbering system used was unsuitable. The cars were coded AS and kept their numbers.
Between 1940 and 1952 a further eleven cars were built. These entered service as AS 6 - 16.
Three cars were converted for "Overland" train service to provide a limited passenger service for Victorian passengers on an otherwise interstate service. The cars were modified to ABS_ in 1953/1959 and were converted back to AS in 1963.
Other conversions were to MBS_, BRS_ and _BS_.
With the adoption of a numbering system to identify steel passenger carriages, the remaining AS cars of 1984 had "200" added to their numbers.
Vehicle history list
Photos for 'AS '
FileID Description................................................B3588 AS - bogie, [oPJV]CS076 AS - full width diaphram/open type, c1938, [oPTC]CS075 AS - red/silver/end vestibule cover, 1960s, [oRHP]AI330 AS - bogie, [sPJV]BG833 AS 1 - at platform, Spencer Street, 12/11/1975, [oPJV]BD192 AS 1 - s1e1h, Spencer Street, c1977, [oRXO]BQ091 AS 5 - s1e1, Flinders Street, 22/2/1980, [oPJV]BD193 AS 6 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]AW879 AS 8 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, 16/9/1967, [oPJV]B3620 AS 10 - SOP bogie, [oPJV]AA711 AS 11, [oPJV]BD194 AS 11 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 12/1976, [oRXO]DI764 AS 14 - part view, on Gippslander, Traralgon, 24/12/1970, [oPJV]BI673 AS 15, Flinders Street Yard, 15/4/1983, [oPJV]BI675 AS 15 - class/number/lift lettering, Flinders Street Yard, 15/4/1983, [oPJV]BI674 AS 15 - lettering/bogie, Flinders Street Yard, 15/4/1983, [oPJV]AV523 AS 15 - s1, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]
Diagrams for 'AS '
FileID Description................................................CS938 AS - 9+, 1948-, [oPTC]CS940 AS - diagram, 9+, 1948+, [oPTC]CS938 AS - diagrammatic/3D, 1960s, [oPTC]CS939 AS - schematic, 1960s, [oPTC]
File c322m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007