ACN - 1st Class 'Norman' Car with Van


By the 1970's there was a pressing desire to replace the ageing passenger equipment on the Victorian system. The average age of the cars was about 60 years old. From the late 1970's a new set of car designs were drawn up.

The cars were built using car shell designs from the 1950's but featured different internal layouts, air conditioning, power doors. Power supply was provided by a motor generator set slung beneath the car. Up to this date power supply was either belt drive from the bogie axle or head-end power on larger express trains. Head-end power allowed more cars per train as belt drive resistance was considerable.

The First Class cars were fitted with a guards section which provided for train safeworking equipment and luggage stowage. The cars were coded ACN.

As the same number group was used for three types of cars, the ACN numbers were non consecutive. As issued the cars were in sets of three. ACN 3, 6, 9 were issued in 1981. Cars 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 were issued in 1982. Cars 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54 entered service in 1983.

The cars are generally called 'N' cars and were known internally as 'Norman' cars, after a Railway Commissioner.

When issued the cars were painted orange with silver trim and VicRail 'Teacup' logo. With the introduction of the V/line trading name, the cars were repainted with V/line logo.

From about 1995, the corporate colour scheme was changed to maroon and blue.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'ACN  '

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

   BK307 ACN 9, Newport Workshops, 17/12/1981, [oPJV]
   BI274 ACN 9 - bogie / handbrake chain, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ637 ACN 9 - ID/lettering, Flinders Street Yard, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BI268 ACN 9 - non van end p, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI267 ACN 9 - non van end q, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI273 ACN 9 - part view, van side, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI269 ACN 9 - van at lhe, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI272 ACN 9 - van at rhe, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI266 ACN 9 - van at rhe, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI271 ACN 9 - van end p, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BI270 ACN 9 - van end q, Newport Workshops, 24/11/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ636 ACN 9 - veXp, Flinders Street Yard, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BQ635 ACN 9 - veXq, Flinders Street Yard, 7/11/1984, [oPJV]
   BN918 ACN 12, Newport Workshops, 16/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BN916 ACN 12 - on 3 car set, Newport Workshops, 16/2/1982, [oPJV]
   AS950 ACN 15 - eXp/van, Flinders Street Yard, 26/8/1983, [oPJV]
   AS939 ACN 15 - N 5 set, s2, Flinders Street Yard, 26/8/1983, [oPJV]
   AS740 ACN 15 - part view, Vic, van end/side, Flinders Street Yard, 26/8/1983, [oPJV]
   AS739 ACN 15 - Vic, s1, Flinders Street Yard, 26/8/1983, [oPJV]
   BO845 ACN 21 - sX, vic, van/right, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BO846 ACN 21 - sX@van end, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BO847 ACN 21 - with BRN 20, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   AT853 ACN 24 - Vline, N8T set, Spencer Street, 9/1992, [oPJV]
   BO789 ACN 30 - N10 set, van/left, vic, Newport Workshops, 2/9/1982, [oPJV]
   DU335 ACN 33 - D, VLP, Shepparton, 11/2002, [oGRE]
   BE875 ACN 48 - lettering, Flinders Street Yard, 27/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BB090 ACN 48 - N 16 set, Spencer Street, 19/6/1984, [oPJV]
   BB091 ACN 48 - part view side/air con gear, Spencer Street, 19/6/1984, [oPJV]
   BE881 ACN 48 - Vline, opp side, Flinders Street Yard, 27/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BE876 ACN 48 - Vline, van, N16, Flinders Street Yard, 27/9/1984, [oPJV]
   BE017 ACN 51 - part view, van end, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE015 ACN 51 - van end, part side, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   BE016 ACN 51 - van lh end, Flinders Street Yard, 21/8/1984, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for ACN   

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File c377m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 26/10/2007