In 1937, a group of steel rivetted cars were built for the 'Spirit of Progress' train. The cars were uncoded and placed into a number group. By 1940 when more cars were to be added, this system did not work.
The Second Class cars were numbered 6 to 9. In 1939 they were classed 'BS' and renumbered 1 to 4.
Three more cars were built in 1940: BS 5 - 7; three more in 1955: 8 - 10; four in 1956: 11 - 14.
With the start of standard gauge passenger operations, eight cars were transferred to S.G. for the Melbourne - Sydney 'Spirit of Progress' service.
The cars became VAC_, VFS_, VFX_ classes.
In 1966, a mini buffet service was introduced. Two BS cars were modified and recoded to MBS_.
In 1972, BS 15 entered service, modified from ABS_ 2.
In 1977, two cars were modified and recoded to MRS_, a mini refreshment service.
In 1982, most of the remaining _AS_ cars were modified and recoded to BS. As most of the BS numbers were not in use, opportunity was taken to refill unused numbers.
From 1984, a new passenger car numbering system saw steel cars numbered into the '200' range. Conversions from this time saw new numbers adopted. BS became BRS 224, a refreshment car. BS 9 became BS 209, etc.
By 1990, the BS cars were grouped 201 - 219, 273.
Vehicle history list
Photos for 'BS '
FileID Description................................................B1138 BS ?, Spencer Street, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]B1137 BS ?- ID, Spencer Street, 25/3/1979, [oPJV]AI456 BS 1, Cobram, 22/8/1976, [oPJV]BO828 BS 1 - eXq(1), North Melbourne C&W, 14/7/1982, [oPJV]BO829 BS 1 - eXq(2), North Melbourne C&W, 14/7/1982, [oPJV]BO830 BS 1 - ID, North Melbourne C&W, 14/7/1982, [oPJV]AX987 BS 2 - ID, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]AX986 BS 2 - part view, rivets down car side, Flinders Street Yard, 11/11/1983, [oPJV]AV537 BS 2 - s2, Vic, Flinders Street Yard, 2/11/1983, [oPJV]DJ578 BS 2 - Vic, s1e1, Spencer Street, 10/1/1983, [oRXO]DK058 BS 4 - part view, lifting, West Block, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]AV832 BS 7 - class/number lettering, Spencer Street, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]AT019 BS 7 - part view, Vline scheme/no logo visible, Spencer Street, 21/8/1983, [oPJV]AV830 BS 7 - side 1, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]AT025 BS 7 - Vl, Spencer Street, 21/8/1983, [oPJV]CB173 BS 8, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]CB174 BS 8 - ID/lettering, Cobram, 15/4/1979, [oPJV]BQ102 BS 8 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 23/2/1980, [oPJV]BP385 BS 8 - s2e2, Flinders Street, 4/7/1982, [oPJV]AI457 BS 15, Spencer Street, c1976, [oPJV]CM968 BS 15, Spencer Street, 1970s, [oBAU]BD153 BS 15 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 12/1976, [oRXO]BM884 BS 15 - s1e2 undergear lit, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]AA738 BS 201 - s2, WCR, Spencer Street, 25/3/2000, [oPJV]DJ580 BS 204 - Vline, s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 9/11/1983, [oPJV]DJ581 BS 209 - Vline, s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 9/8/1985, [oRXO]12456 BS 210 - lettering, T, Vl, Ballarat East, 10/6/2003, [oPJV]12457 BS 210 - Vl, T, WCR, stored, Ballarat East, 10/6/2003, [oPJV]BB097 BS 213 - part view profile e2, Spencer Street, 19/6/1984, [oPJV]BB096 BS 213 - s1e2 clear, Vline, Spencer Street, 19/6/1984, [oPJV]CT363 BS 218 - VLP, Spencer Street, 27/8/2002, [oPJV]DD910 BS 219 - H, VLP, Spencer Street, 2/4/2003, [oPJV]DD911 BS 219 - H, VLP, part view logo/lettering, s2@e2, Spencer Street, 2/4/2003, [oPJV]
Diagrams for 'BS '
FileID Description................................................AS867 BS - 7, diagram B-5, 1971, [oPTC]AS866 BS - 1,4, diagram B-4, 1971, [oPTC]AS868 BS - 8, diagram B-6, 1971, [oPTC]
File c327m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007