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103 NQR - Open Medium Truck

From the Collection of Puffing Billy Railway School Rd Menzies Creek Victoria

Description
103 NQR - Open Medium Truck
Size
Length Overall: 27' 4" ( 8330mm ) Width: 6' 3" ( 1905 mm ) Height: 2' 0½" ( 622 mm ) Tare Weight: 5 tons Goods Capacity: 11 tons Gauge: 2' 6"
Object Registration
000308
Keywords
puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 103 nqr - open medium truck, victorian railways, narrow gauge rolling stock, nqr wagon
Historical information
The NQRs were the standard Medium open goods wagon. Generally the sides and ends were removable thus providing a totally flat truck.
Three long drop-down doors formed the sides thus allowing easy loading and unloading.
218 of these goods vehicles were built between 1898 and 1914 ? numbered 1 - 218​.
Originally, these wagons carried the code letter R​ as they were built with sides and ends. They later had the R removed.

Unlike the Broad Gauge, VR's 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge network never had four-wheeled wagons (aside from a handful of trolleys). Because of this, a single design of open wagon emerged and this was the only type of wagon ever used on these lines. This was the NQR class, a wagon with the same length and loading capacity as a Broad Gauge four-wheeled open wagon to make transferring freight between the gauges easier. The wagons, numbered 1 through 218, were built between 1898 and 1914.
The wagons used the same underframe as most other non-locomotives on the VR Narrow Gauge.
Letters and numbers were originally painted only on the end bulkheads and doors, both of which could be removed as traffic dictated, and this made wagon identification difficult until the decals were transferred to the underframes of each wagon
In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel frameworks with canvas roof canopies and side curtains, and internal seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods.
Puffing Billy has re-created these for emergency capacity. Five more NQRs, numbered 219-223​, were built between 1990 and 1992 initially for passenger use so were fitted with the removable frames
In the 1960s the Puffing Billy Railway added grids in the floor of some to enable them to be used to drop ballast on the track where needed.
Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm)
Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm)
Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm)
Weight 5 tons
Capacity 11 tons
Built 1898 - 1915 (1992)
Number Built 218 (223)
In use 14 To be restored 6

103 NQR - Open Medium Truck

16/12/1909 NWS Built new

Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm)
Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm)
Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm)
Weight 5 tons
Capacity 11 tons
Built 1898 - 1915 (1992)
Number Built 218 (223)
In use 14
To be restored 6

VR Service History
*NQR 103.VA - 16/12/1909 NWS Built new -
/ /1926 - To NQ 103.VA -

Puffing Billy Service History or Notes
Untrafficable at Clematis
When Made
16/12/1909
Made By
Victorian Railways - Newport Workshop (Maker)
Significance
Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck
Inscriptions & Markings
103 NQR
Last updated
12 Sep 2018 at 1:12PM