VTJ Standard Coal Hopper Wagon
Line drawing copyright: Keith MacDonald
Considered as a early
post war standard coal hopper wagon. the VJM class were constructed in
large numbers. 2300 entering service between 1947 and 1955. 23501 was one
of a order for 1000 (23370- 24639) delivered by Commonwealth engineering
Co. Rocklea between October 1950 and June 1951. An all steel vehicle with
8in. by 4in. (203 X 102 journals) and 2ft.2in. (610mm) diameter wheels
these were still small wagons for their time with their load limited to
some 12 Ton ( 12193 kg). They were all constructed to arrangement drawing
5523. With the emergence of much larger capacity bogie coal wagons many
of the VJM class were rebuilt with wooden bodies (drawing 8983) and used
as ballast wagons. It was at this time they were reclassified VTJ.
23520 has virtually an identical history to 23501, having been built during the
same contract and even delivered during the same month, December 1950.
Both were converted to VTJ class during October 1969, with 23501 being
written off in June 1986, while 23526 outlasted its counterpart by remaining
in service until August 1989.