FCF / FCW / VQDW - 'Jumbo' Container Flat


FCF

Twenty five of these wagons were built between 1973 and 1975. The number group was 1 to 25.

They were designed to carry over-height containers for car parts traffic betwen Melbourne and Sydney/Adelaide.

The vehicles featured bogies with small diameter wheels, a depressed container deck with a 'gooseneck' coupler to match the difference between the low draft gear location and the standard coupler height. The vehicles were 85' long; very long for this system which basically ran wagons of 50' - 65' in length.

To overcome safety issues raised because of the overhang around tight curves in the Melbourne shunting (switching) area, the wagons were coupled into blocks of five units.

Most of the vehicles were built and remained in storage for up to two years. Most entered service by about the middle of 1976.

FCW

In 1977/1978, the class letters were altered to indicate the special bogie type. Other state systems had already introduced these same type wagons with a 'W' suffix letter.

The 'W' was to indicate "Low Level Aligned Bogies able to be bogie exchanged within the 'W' group only".

VQDW

In the 1979 recoding the class was relettered to VQDW.

Between 1983 and 1986 another fifty vehicles were built and placed into service. These were numbers 26 - 75.

In the late 1980's, a large block of these vehicles were leased to the NSW railway where they were used in traffic. Whilst in this traffic they were given the NSW equivalent coding and new numbers.

In the mid 1990's with the NRC starting up, the VQDW wagons were placed into NRC traffic as RQDW. Some, if not all, of the wagons leased to NSW were recoded directly from the applied NSW lettering to RQDW.

Vehicle history list - FCF / FCW

Vehicle history list - VQDW

   Photos   for  'FCF  '

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

   BF032 FCF - 1 x unlettered, 1 x as load, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   AI368 FCF - bogie, [oPJV]
   BE927 FCF - brake cylinder through deck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BE861 FCF - Brake eqmnt through deck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BE932 FCF - couplers / gooseneck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BE761 FCF - deck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF037 FCF - deck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BE860 FCF - deck (2), Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BE929 FCF - deck (3), Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF038 FCF - deck access to coupler, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF034 FCF - e2p, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF033 FCF - e2q, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BG259 FCF - gooseneck couplers, Newport Workshops, c1975, [oPJV]
   BE862 FCF - reservoir, through deck, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF036 FCF - s2@e1, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   BF035 FCF - s2@e2, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   AK906 FCF 6, Newport Workshops, 20/9/1975, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for FCF   
   Photos   for  'FCW  '

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

   AK492 FCW 4 - s1e2c, mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 20/10/1977, [oPJV]
   AK908 FCW 14, South Dynon, 22/3/1977, [oPJV]
   CU647 FCW 21 - ldd two TNT containers, dn Jet, Tottenham Yard, 12/3/1979, [oPJV]
   AV878 FCW 24 - ldd 2 x Jumbo Alltrans Express , South Dynon, 9/1/1978, [oPJV]
   BA091 FCW 24 - s1e2c, empty, South Dynon, c1977, [oRXO]
   Diagrams   for  'FCW  '

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

   AS761 FCW - diagram F-5, 31/3/1977, [oPTC]
   Photos   for  'VQDW  '

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

   B3606 VQDW - bogie W type, [oPJV]
   DA171 VQDW - FA, mt, 1 x ldd 40 ISO, in train, Flinders Street, 12/2002, [oPJV]
   BC106 VQDW 1 - empty, North Melbourne C&W, 6/1981, [oPJV]
   BP127 VQDW 1 - mt, welded supports / deck view, North Melbourne C&W, 20/8/1982, [oPJV]
   BP126 VQDW 1 - mt, welded supports, deck view, North Melbourne C&W, 20/8/1982, [oPJV]
   BP125 VQDW 1 - s2e1, mt, welded deck supports, North Melbourne C&W, 20/8/1982, [oPJV]
   BS006 VQDW 6 - mt, North Melbourne C&W, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BR821 VQDW 7 - deck from height, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BS012 VQDW 7 - e1p, North Melbourne C&W, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]
   CA966 VQDW 7 - lettering only, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 16/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BS010 VQDW 7 - lettering/ r/b / ..long vehicle...curves.. , North Melbourne C&W, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BS011 VQDW 7 - lettering: ..swing on curves.. /step detail, North Melbourne C&W, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]
   AB300 VQDW 7 - mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AR581 VQDW 7 - mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BJ227 VQDW 7 - s2e1, mt, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1980, [oPJV]
   BS008 VQDW 7 - s2e1c, North Melbourne C&W, 7/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ176 VQDW 8 - mt, Newport Workshops, 17/3/1981, [oPJV]
   DF463 VQDW 8C- ldd Nedlloyd containers, Spencer Street, 17/5/2003, [oPJV]
   AD588 VQDW 9 - Lettering/bogie, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AC100 VQDW 9 - mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   AH391 VQDW 10, [oRXO]
   BY359 VQDW 11, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/9/1980, [oPJV]
   AU819 VQDW 11Q, North Melbourne C&W, 1/9/1983, [oPJV]
   AU820 VQDW 11Q- lettering only, North Melbourne C&W, 1/9/1983, [oPJV]
   BY816 VQDW 14 - mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 7/7/1980, [oPJV]
   AU821 VQDW 14U, North Melbourne C&W, 1/9/1983, [oPJV]
   BL944 VQDW 15 - s2e1, mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/4/1980, [oPJV]
   BI997 VQDW 16 - mt, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   AU817 VQDW 19, North Melbourne C&W, 1/9/1983, [oPJV]
   BO045 VQDW 21 - s2e1, mt, North Melbourne C&W, 6/2/1981, [oPJV]
   BX747 VQDW 23, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/9/1980, [oPJV]
   BI867 VQDW 23 - ldd 20 , 40 , 20 ISO containers, Melbourne Yard, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   DF462 VQDW 58T- FA, ldd, Spencer Street, 17/5/2003, [oPJV]
   AW385 VQDW 65A- lettering/gooseneck/Bo advert, North Melbourne C&W, 21/11/1984, [oPJV]
   AW383 VQDW 65A- s2e1c, mt, North Melbourne C&W, 21/11/1984, [oPJV]
   DF464 VQDW 18K,- FA, ldd Nedlloyd containers, Spencer Street, 17/5/2003, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for VQDW   

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File c330m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007