NN ballast wagons
|NN's were used to discharge ballast onto tracks. To discharge they would be pulled along at very slow speed, a workman would walk beside and open the discharge door using the wheel in the middle of the wagon.
There were 2 main body styles, the older style shown below and the later style shown above. Both types had their sides extended in the early 1960's to increase capacity, the later style also had their ends strengthened in the early to mid 1960's
At least 5 were kept on the Standard Gauge.
|# group||Qty||Year built|
|2 - 46||45||1907|
|46 - 145||100||1950 - 1951|
NN 6 as built, photo circa 1910
The white cross indicated it had an operating air brake, the more familiar inverted U replaced this symbol.
Official VR photo
Photo below shows NN 3 at North Melbourne workshops, 1979. At some stage it recieved a new welded hopper.
NN 31 (above) and NN 83 (below) at Nth Melbourne workshops 1979 clearly showing the 2 body styles
NN 129 at Nth Melbourne workshops, April 1981
Photo courtesy Rob O'Regan
VHWA 124 at North Melbourne workshops, 1979
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