WZ weed spray van
ABOVE: WZ 1 circa late 1970s. photo courtesy Geoff Winkler
|This interesting vehicle was converted from horsebox F 25 in Dec. 1954, at this time it was coded as HZ 1. In March 1959 it was recoded to WZ 1.
Its purpose was to spray weeds. It was attached to the rear of a rake of WA tank wagons that contained water and pipes brought the water up to the van where the weed kiiler was added, there were control valves and nozzles for the operator to direct and control the spray. The train was known as the "Weedex" train. It is recorded as cut up in 1996 but the 6 wheel underframe is now in the possession of the Seymour Historical Society.
ABOVE: HZ 1 shown just after conversion from a horsebox. As converted it had two windows at the spraying end as shown BELOW:
BELOW: Quite early in its life the two end windows were blanked and replaced by a centraly located single window.
ABOVE & BELOW: WZ 1 circa late 1970s. photo courtesy Geoff Winkler
BELOW: WZ 1 in action spraying the tracks near Princes Bridge/Flinders St, 1978 Photo courtesy Peter J Vincent.
ABOVE: WZ 1 at Nth Melbourne workshops, circa 1979
ABOVE: Interior view showing the weed spraying controls, this photo circa 1955 before the twoend windows were replaced with a single central window.
BELOW: Diagram courtesy Peter Enlund