/ VPFX Bulk Flour Wagon
17 of these pneumatic
discharge wagons were constructed between 1966 and 1971, they were
numbered FX1 to 17. The first series FX 1 to 6 were built at Newport
Workshops, the second series FX 7 to 17 were built at Ballarat North
Workshops. The original series of wagons were designed so that two of
the four hoppers were unloaded from each end. The second series differed
from the first series by means of a single discharge point, via
additional piping and manifold, at each end of the wagon. When the
wagons were first delivered they were finished in silver with a small VR
logo, later many of the series received flour company branding and some
were also repainted white. Later their use was expanded to cover burnt
lime (VPLX) and dried locomotive sand (VZGX).
Whilst coded FX denoting suitability for bogie exchange they were
predominantly used on the broad gauge between Albury NSW and
Williamstown Pier and Westall, in the mid-80s some ran on standard gauge
to Enfield and Canberra. See images below.
The models representing the
second series numbered FX 7 to FX 17 are available now.
are also producing a model of the first series numbered FX 1 to FX 6.
These will be available 4nd quarter 2016