J cement hoppers

J 77 holds the distinction of being the last completely new 4 wheel wagon VR ever built, 1962. Photo at Arden St. 1978.

Number in Class 77
Number group 1 - 77
Construction period 1949 - 1962
In service (as cement wagons) 1963 - early 80's
Where built
Diagram of J 1 - 7
Diagram of J 8 - 27
Diagram of J 28 - 77
Modeling
The J's have a rather complicated history which I have summarised in the table below. 1 - 7 trace their roots to carrying pulverside brown coal for steam locos. When this traffic ended they went into flour traffic as X, FX and FJ. Later deliveries were built as X's for cement traffic. X was not a good code to use because after the SG reached Melbourne the letter X at the end of a code signified a wagon that could be bogie exchanged thus the recode to "J"

In later years (1980's) J's were restricted to 30 MPH when loaded. After their revenue days ended (mid 80's) yet another commodity was carried. At least one J saw service as "Dry Locomotive Sand" service where sand was transported to country loco depots.

late 70's # BUILT CODE/# FINAL CODE/#
J 1 - 7 CK 1 - 7 (1949 - 1952), pulverised brown coal traffic to X 1 - 7 (1958 - 1959) to FX 1 - 7 (1961 -1962) flour traffic to FJ 1 - 7 (1963) flour traffic to J 1 - 7 (1971 - 1972) cement traffic
J 8 - 40 as X 8 - 40 (1959 - 1962) to J 8 - 40 (1963)
J 41 - 42 as X 41 -42 (1960) to J 41 - 42 (1963) to FJ 11 - 12 (1967) to J 41 - 42 (1972)
J 43 - 44 as X 43 - 44 (1960) to J 43 - 44 (1963)
FJ 8 as X 45 (1960) to J 45 (1963) to FJ 8 (1964)
J 46 as X 46 (1960) to J 46 (1963) to FJ 10 (1965) to J 46 (1971)
FJ 9 as X 47 (1960) to J 47 (1963) to FJ 9 (1964)
J 48 - 77 as X 48 - 77 (1960/62) to J 48 - 77 (1963)

J's 8 - 27 were of a different design to the rest of the class as shown in the photo of J 23 taken in 1978

CK 1 as built 1949. CK 1 eventually became J 1 shown below.

Official VR photo (Peter J. Vincent collection)


J 1 photographed in 1979, 30 years after the above photo of CK 1 was taken. Note the reduction in size of the hopper and the weld marks on the hopper. Old "BULK FLOUR" lettering can be seen under the grime.

The FX code was very shortlived (1961 - 1962) and only applied to 1 - 7. The FX code was re-used for 17 bogie hoppers built in 1966.
The same wagon, in its final re-code is shown below in 1978. Like CK 1/J1 shown above, J 7 had its hoppers reduced in size for cement carrying.


J 11 at Nth Melb workshops, April 22 1977
Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent


J 12 at Dandenong, Nov 16 1981
Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent



J 39 at Dandenong. Feb 1978



J 66 at Geelong April 27 1978
photo courtesy Geoff Winkler


J 71 at Seymour, April 20 1986
Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent


J 51 at Ararat, Nov. 1987 in locomotive sand service.

The article below is from the July 1958 VR newletter

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