QH heavy duty flat wagons

QH 1 at Williamstown. Aug 6 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

Number in Class 4
Number group 1 - 4
Construction period 1955 - 1957
In service 1962 - end
1979 recode VFGA
Where built Newport
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When the 4 S class steam locos were cut up the tenders were recycled into these 4 heavy duty flat wagons. They were originally coded Q 132 - 135 until 1962. Over the years they saw infrequent use with the main traffic being to Cudgewa and Morwell/Yallourn. In the late 70's they saw a lot of service transporting cast cement bridge girders from Jewell to various locations where road and rail bridges were being built.

QH 3 at Newport workshops. Dec. 19 1978
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

QH 3 at West Tower. Nov. 1977
Photo courtesy Geoff Winkler

The last revenue traffic that the QH's were used in that I know of was road girders from Jewell on the Upfield line. Note the "safety wagons" either side to protect against the overhang. Photo date 1979.

This photo is from the Dec. 1961 VR newsletter and shows QH 3 (in its original class and number of Q 134) with a special load as described in the caption. Note the K flatwagons being used as safety wagons.

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