WW workmens sleepers

Number in Class 171
Number group 1 - 176
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WW's were used to provide sleeping accomodation for workers. They would spend a period of time at a location and when a work project was finished they would be moved to the gang's next work project.. They were universally known as "bughuts"

They were usually converted from old passenger cars that were beyond their normal lifespan.


WW 2 photo courtesy Geoff Winkler.



WW 40 was converted from T 3, April 1958, scrapped Oct. 1978
photo at Woodend, March 1978


WW 45 was converted from unknown class July 1958, scrapped May 1978
Photo at Woodend, March 1978


WW 47 was converted from B 50, Aug. 1958


WW52 was converted from B 167, Aug. 1958
Photo at Yarrawonga, May 11 1980
Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent


WW 57 started life as a 45' car, O 28 built new June. 1891
in 1901 it ws recoded to ABAB 80
In 1910 it was recoded to AB 78
In Dec. 1911 it was lengthened to 57' 3"
Converted to WW 57 Oct. 1958. off register July 1978
Photo at Ouyen Jan. 14 1978



WW 69 started life as a 45' car, AA 262 built new Dec. 1890
in 1898 it ws recoded to BB 37
In 1910 it was recoded to B 37
In 1912 it was lengthened to 57' 3"
Converted to WW 69 April 1959
, scrapped Oct 1978
Photo date, 1978

Photo at Woodend, March 1978


WW 72 started life as a 45' car, AA 259 built new Nov. 1890
in 1895 it ws recoded to ABAB 46
In 1912 it was lengthened to 57' 3" and recoded to AB 44
Converted to WW 72 April 1959
, off register Feb. 1984, scrapped March 1984
Photo date, 1978

The diagram below shows the car WW72 was converted from:

The diagram below shows this car "as built" prior to lengthening


ABOVE: WW77 at Bendigo, Oct. 10 1959 not long after it was recoded from AB 76.
Photo courtesy Doug McLean - Train Hobby Publications Archives.

WW 77 was a unique WW as it was the last remaining example of a group of 6 joint stock cars which were built in 1887 to run on the first passenger trains between Melbourne and Adelaide. It had 4 1st class and 2 2nd class compartments with a total passenger capacity of 52
O 9 built new Jan.1887
to ABAB 78 1901
to AB 76 1910
circa 1950 "stripped for W&W sleeper"
to WW 77 May 1959, out of service, stored 1976

BELOW: Photo at Newport workshops May 1980

Photo courtesy Peter J. Vincent


Frank Kelly's 4mm scale model of AB 76.

Below is a diagram for this group of cars from the 1904 diagram book.


WW 81 was renumbered from WW 18, Aug 1959
WW 18 was converted from B 151, April 1957
Photo at Ouyen, Jan. 14 1978



WW 84 was converted from B 6, Nov. 1959
(above and below at Ballarat 1978)

WW started life as a 45' car, AA 262 built new Dec. 1890
in 1898 it ws recoded to BB 37
In 1910 it was recoded to B 37
In 1912 it was lengthened to 57' 3"
Converted to WW 69 April 1959
, scrapped Oct 1978

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