V/Line H type carriage

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H type carriage
Refurbished H Sets at Southern Cross station in July 2019
Interior of a refurbished carriage in 2022
In service1981-current
Built atNewport Workshops
ReplacedPL, Short &Long W type carriages
ConstructedBuilt 1956-1968 as Harris suburban EMUs
Rebuilt 1984-1992 to locomotive hauled carriages
Entered service1983
Number built59
Number in service54
FormationOriginally BTH-BH-BCH, later BIH cars added and sets shuffled to make 4, 5 and 6-car sets; loose MTH cars as railmotor trailers.
DiagramH-1 (BCH), H-2 (Long BCH), H-3 (BH), H-4 (Long BH), H-5 (BTH 161-164 & 167-171), H-6 (BTH 165 & 166, 1st-series Harris window spacing), H-7 (Long BTH)
Fleet numbersEx 1st series Harris Motors - n/a
Ex 2nd series Harris Motors - BCH 121-131; BCH 134 & 135 (short van)
Ex 1st series Harris Trailers - BH 141-151, BIH 189 & 192-194, BTH 165-166 & 174-175, MTH 101-104 [1]
Ex 2nd series Harris Trailers - BIH 181-186, BTH 161-164 & 167-171
Ex Refurbished Harris Trailers - BIH 187-188 & 190-191
Ex Long Harris - BTH 172 & 173; BH 152 & 153; BCH 132 & 133
Capacity63 passengers (BH, BTH & MTH),[2][3] 67 passengers (BIH),[4] 54 passengers (BCH),[5] 64 passengers (BCH 134 & 135)[6] 87 passengers (BH 152 & 153, BTH 172 & 173),[7][8] 75 passengers (BCH 132 & 133)[9]
Operator(s)V/Line Passenger; previously V/Line.
Depot(s)Newport Workshops
Line(s) servedWyndham Vale, Bacchus Marsh, Kyneton & Seymour Previously Geelong, Traralgon & Leongatha
Car body construction18,636 mm (61 ft 1+34 in) (short),[5] 22,860 mm (75 ft 0 in) (long)[9]
Car length19,308 mm (63 ft 4+18 in) (short),[5] 23,533 mm (77 ft 2+12 in) (long)[9]
Width2,965 mm (9 ft 8+34 in)[5][9]
Height4,017 mm (13 ft 2+18 in) (short),[5] 4,014 mm (13 ft 2 in) (long)[9]
Articulated sectionsOpen gangways
Wheelbase20,046 mm (65 ft 9+14 in) total; 4,890 mm (16 ft 12 in) per bogie
Maximum speed115 km/h (71 mph)
Weight33 tonnes (32 long tons; 36 short tons) (short BCH)

34 tonnes (33 long tons; 37 short tons) (BH, BTH, BIH, MTH)

37 tonnes (36 long tons; 41 short tons) (long BTH, BH & BCH)
Axle load8.25 to 9.25 tonnes (8.12 to 9.10 long tons; 9.09 to 10.20 short tons)
Power supply415 V AC diesel alternators (MTH cars only), Head end power (all other types)
Braking system(s)Westinghouse
Coupling systemJanney couplers (one end BCH & BTH; both ends MTH); Drawbars (one end BCH & BTH; both ends BIH & BH)
Track gauge5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)

The H type carriages are a class of interurban passenger carriage operated by V/Line in Victoria, Australia. Fitted with high-density 2+3 seating, they are typically used on short distance interurban services from Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh and Geelong.


H set in the original orange and grey V/Line livery led by an N class

By 1983, the 1981 New Deal had been such a success that the incoming Cain Government ordered conversion of a fleet of the early Harris suburban Electric Multiple Units to replace the last of the older wooden carriage stock.[10] The fleet eventually reached 59 carriages of multiple types.

For the purpose of contract negotiations, short cars were referred to as SCH, SH or STH and long as LCH, LH or LTH, respectively for conductor, regular and terminal carriages.[11]

Each carriage has two doors per side, manually opened by passengers, but remotely closed and locked by the train conductor. Toilets, drinking fountains and luggage areas are provided throughout each carriage set.

The carriage sets were originally used for commuter services between Melbourne and a wide range of regional cities. As more long-distance carriages became available, they were reallocated to the shorter runs, typically less than an hour end-to-end. A small number were also used on the Stony Point line.


H type carriages are numbered in the 101 - 200 series. Sets were issued to traffic with three types of carriage:

  • BCH economy class with conductors van: 121–131; 132-133 long; 134 and 135 seat 10 more people but have a smaller van area
  • BH economy class: 141–149, 150-151 were converted to BTH 174–175; 152, 153 long
  • BTH economy class with terminal connections: 161–171; 172-173 long; 174-175 formerly BH 150, 151
  • MTH economy class with onboard power alternators: 101-104 short

Additional cars were later constructed to increase capacity. These cars do not feature toilets:

  • BIH economy class intermediate: 181-194

Carriage sets[edit]

As at November 2012, the H type carriages have been fixed into semi-permanent sets, identified with the following codes, in conjunction with a unique number:

  • SH: 3 short carriages (normally coupled with another 3-carriage set)
  • LH: 3 long carriages (two LH sets exist - they were created from 75 feet (23 m) long Harris trailers)
  • SSH: 6 short carriages
  • SLH: 3 short carriages coupled to 3 long carriages (in use circa July 2021)

Prior to this change, H sets were arranged as follows:

  • SH: 3 carriages
  • FSH: because of the F, this means that the sets contains 4 carriages
  • VSH: the V means that the set contains 5 carriages
  • VLH: the L meaning long

Sets originally entered service as 3 car sets, later having additional cars added to bring them up to four cars. With the breaking up of some sets and reallocation of carriages, longer carriage sets have since been formed.

MTH (loose) carriages[edit]

Originally converted for use as trailer carriages for the Tulloch railmotor fleet, four carriages were reconstructed with a similar internal configuration to the BH type, but with automatic couplers at both ends.

Following withdrawal of the Tulloch fleet around 1994, the four MTH carriages (63 seats each) were used on the non-electrified suburban Stony Point line, hauled by whatever locomotives V/Line (later V/Line Passenger) had spare at the time. Typically, two carriages would be used on weekdays and a third kept at Frankston for additional weekend capacity, with the fourth under routine maintenance in the city. Carriages were rotated weekly, with a locomotive transfer usually on Mondays or Thursdays and carriages swapped as part of that cycle. When V/Line Passenger was formed the company fleet was cut down to the A class, N class, P class and Y class engines; the P and N class with head-end-power were less useful hauling MTH carriages, so the typical Stony Point Line motive power became the A class.

This pattern continued under various private operators until 26 April 2008, after which Sprinter trains were introduced on the route in lieu. The cars were placed into storage at Newport Worksohps until 2011, when MTH 102 was converted to an inspection car for Metro Trains Melbourne. It now operates between two T class locomotives as IEV102 for inspection trains. The other three MTH carriages are stored, along with unused BH141.

Converted MTH car IEV102 is seen on a Metro Track evaulation run with SSR T386 and T385

History and typical fleet use[edit]

From 1983[edit]

Cain/Crabb order, 1983[edit]

The contract was awarded to Clyde Engineering, and the initial plan was to convert 33 Harris cars to 11 semi-permanently coupled sets of BCH-BH-BTH. Originally there were concepts to pair each of the carriage sets with a permanently coupled locomotive at the West (non-conductor) end, and to fit the East-end BCH carriages with a small driving stand for controlling the P class locomotives; but this fell through on grounds of safety and inability to stop the locomotive powering instantly in case of a collision, which would have caused the carriage set to telescope.

The first four sets of three carriages (sets SH22, 23, 24 and 25) were delivered in the middle of 1984, and deliveries continued at a steady pace through to the end of that year with twelve 3-carriage sets, SH21 to SH31 inclusive and LH32, in service. Set LH33 entered service in February 1986, a full six months after the twelfth set.

The H sets were initially used on commuter runs from Spencer Street to Bacchus Marsh, Kyneton, Sunbury, Seymour and Leongatha and, on Sundays only, a run from Spencer Street to Stony Point, Frankston, Stony Point and back to Spencer Street to provide capacity above that of the normal railmotor.[12] While never intended during the design phase, H sets were rostered on the morning outbound and midday return Shepparton service from Roster H2, dated 9 December 1984.[13] During the long weekend holidays, H sets would occasionally be extended from Shepparton to Cobram as higher capacity rollingstock was needed elsewhere.

Otherwise, for events like football matches and the biannual runs to Lara for the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport, trains would be formed with nine carriages, a locomotive on each end and another between sets, near the middle. Because of the underfloor multiple-unit cabling, all locomotives on the train would work together from a single control stand; but each set of carriages was powered by its nearest P class locomotive because the power cables, for things like lighting and airconditioning, were only designed for a maximum electrical load equivalent to four carriages.

H sets were normally hauled by either N or P class locomotives, both able to supply the required head end power supply for lighting and air conditioning operation. When hauled by other classes of locomotives, a separate power van was coupled to the set to provide that same function.

A further four MTH carriages were converted in 1984, essentially BH carriages with an underfloor alternator fitted and with regular automatic couplers in place of drawbars. These were intended to be used as trailers for the Tulloch Railcars, as the older trailers were of timber construction with no airconditioning, and well past their use-by dates. The MTH cars could be hauled by anything and everything, because they had onboard alternators negating the requirement for any sort of external power supply.

Socimi bogies[edit]

To prepare for a then-planned order for high speed country trains, in 1986 set LH33 (BTH173-BH153-BCH133) was fitted with Socimi bogies designed for operation at 160 km/h. The set was hauled by locomotive A85 on runs between Glenorchy and Lubeck on the main Melbourne to Adelaide line, starting from Wednesday 23 July 1986.[14]

Cain/Kirner[15] order, 1989[edit]

With the 1990 election quickly approaching and the last of the electric Harris fleet due for withdrawal, the Cain government elected to order conversion of another eight carriages to a new class, BIH. These were functionally identical to the BH carriages, but toilets were not provided, instead being fitted with additional seating. The order also featured two more BCH conductor carriages, though these were fitted with smaller vans and an additional ten seats, compared to their predecessors.

BIH carriages 187 and 188, and the two new conductor cars BCH134 and BCH135, were converted from Grey Ghost stock - previously refurbished less than ten years ago - while the remainder came from regular blue Harris stock.

The new BIH carriages were inserted into sets SH21 thru SH28, bringing their capacity up to approximately match the long sets LH32 and LH33. Sets SH29, SH30 and SH31 were left untouched, and as far as can be determined, the two additional BCH cars were left unused until 1992, when two BH carriages were converted to BTH allowing the formation of new sets.

Once the FSH sets became available, event traffic like the Airshow trains increased to twelve-car trains with a locomotive on each end and a third between carriages eight and nine.

From 1992[edit]

Kirner/Spyker order, 1992[edit]

By 1992, Steve Crabb had long-since been replaced as the Victorian Member of Parliament with the Transport Portfolio. His successor, Peter Spyker, authorised an order for the final six BIH carriages. These were delivered in 1992 and allowed the remaining three Short sets to be extended to match capacity. These final carriages were converted from previously refurbished "Grey Ghost" Harris stock, rather than the original blue cars. At the same time, two BH carriages had automatic couplers fitted at one end and these were reclassed BTH.

Around this time the Tulloch railmotors were withdrawn from service, freeing the four MTH cars. Consideration was given to converting them to other classes for incorporation in normal H sets. However, it was decided to instead operate the MTH carriages exclusively on the Stony Point route, because an infrequent, isolated shuttle service would have been a waste of one of the N or P class locomotives with head-end power, better used elsewhere. If the Stony Point line had run from Spencer Street in lieu of Frankston, then it is quite possible that the H fleet would have been reworked with thirteen FSH and two LH sets (plus one spare carriage), all with about 250 seats.

With the MTH cars separated from the rest of the fleet, the final BIH carriages were allocated largely at random, with the result by end of 1992 being:

  • FSH21-29 and LH32 all of roughly equal capacity (247-249 seats)
  • SH sets 30, 31, 34 and 35 with only three carriages each (184-194 seats)
  • FLH33 as an orphan (316 seats).

High-ranking staff within V/Line were aware at the time that the last of the Harris electric fleet was being withdrawn, and tried to facilitate conversion of the remaining six Grey Ghost vehicles to add to the H car fleet. This was knocked back because, at the time, it was thought that more than just 22 of the new Sprinter railcars were going to be ordered.

In 1995, the entire H-series fleet was passed from V/Line to V/Line Passenger.

From 1999[edit]

In 1999, the fleet was reorganised. Previously, there had been four SH, nine FSH, one LH and one FLH set. In September of that year, set SH35 was split up, and set FSH28 lost its BIH carriage. The now-loose four carriages were reallocated to sets 22, 26, 29 and 32, so the new split became four SH, five FSH, three VSH and two FLH sets. Other than the remaining FSH sets (all 247 seats), the new set makeup had nearly every set with its own consist and differing capacity. Each of the different consists also had slightly different weights, lengths, capacities and door layouts, affecting the timetabling.[citation needed]

  • The SH sets, 28, 30, 31 and 34, respectively had 180, 184, 184 and 194 seats.
  • The FSH sets, 21, 23, 24, 25 and 27, all had 247 seats.
  • The FLH sets, 32 and 33, had 316 seats
  • The VSH sets, 22, 26 and 29 had 310, 314 and 311 seats respectively.

As a result, rosters were often written with specific sets in mind; the VSH and FLH sets could be grouped into a fleet of five sets for the longer runs, and the FSH sets for the shorter runs. The SH sets were either run individually on the shortest runs, or in pairs on the longest.

When the five-carriage sets were formed, the end BTH and BCH cars were recabled with higher-capacity wiring, to avoid any risk of overheating. However, the P Class locomotives were only able to supply power for four carriages' worth of air-conditioning and lighting and did not have sufficient power for acceleration of a five-carriage set, so those trains had to be hauled by N class engines, or A class engines with a PH power van attached. Additionally, because of the drawbar and inter-carriage doorway arrangements, BCH135 and BTH175 were reversed for coupling to Set #29.

Later in this period, patronage spikes would require coupling an FSH with SH set, for a seven-car consist. These services became colloquially known as the "Poor Man's XPT", with a P class locomotive on each end of the consist, controlled by a single crew. No trials were performed with push/pull 2xFSH sets, because it was clear from P-FSH-SH-P sets that any such consist would have been too heavy for passenger train schedules, requiring a minimum power to weight ratio.

In 2004, carriage BIH187 was pulled from set FSH27, and stored at Newport Workshops. It was returned to the set about three months later.[citation needed]

From 2005[edit]

2 MTH cars at Stony Point station in February 2005
H type carriages at Southern Cross station in November 2010

In 2005, Marshall station was opened as an extension to the Geelong line. It was serviced by H sets previously running only to South Geelong, along with trains running to Warrnambool.

2006 saw another reorganisation of the H cars, this time on account of VLocity deliveries with Regional Fast Rail project. The VLocities were supposed to replace the H sets, but patronage booming meant they had to be retained.[16] As part of the reorganisation, the H type carriages were refurbished and repainted into the new V/Line livery from September 2007.[17][18]

As a result, set SH34 was split up, and sets 21, 27 and 32 lost their BIH coaches. Like when SH35 had been broken up, carriages BCH134 and BTH174 were reversed, for coupling to Set #32. The six freed cars were reallocated to sets 23, 28, 32 and 33, with the new outline thus-

  • The SH sets, 21, 27, 30 & 31 had 180, 180, 184 and 184 seats respectively.
  • The FSH sets, 24, 25 & 28 each had 247 seats.
  • The VSH sets, 22, 23, 26 & 29 had 310, 314, 314 and 311 seats respectively.
  • The VLH sets, 32 & 33, had 376 and 383 seats respectively.

With the deliveries of the VLocity fleet, the H sets were largely replaced by railcars on the longer runs, and so they began running more frequently on Melton and Bacchus Marsh, Sunbury and Kyneton, and Seymour services.

From 2012[edit]

In conjunction with a new timetable of 18 November 2012, the H set fleet was reorganised to give three six-car sets as well as twelve semi-permanently-coupled three-car sets, giving an effective total of nine six-car sets in service. These trains usually provided peak-hour services to Bacchus Marsh, Wyndham Vale and Seymour, hauled by N and P class locomotives. Stock shortages of other classes mean there were almost daily runs of H carriage sets to Marshall and Traralgon.

All carriages have now been recabled to allow a single head-end-power unit to operate the entire train from one end, rather than requiring a separate power source for carriages beyond the fourth or fifth.

The current capacities are:

  • SH21+SH27 and SH23+SH24, 364 seats; SH25+SH30, 368 seats
  • SH29+SH35, 378 seats; SSH sets 22, 26 and 28, 377 seats each
  • SH31+LH33, 433 seats; LH32+SH34, 443 seats

Loose carriage BH141 (63 seats) is currently stored at Newport Workshops, along with unused MTH 101, 103 and 104.

2015 roster[edit]

Refurbished H type carriage

From July 2015, there were no regularly scheduled H sets on the Northern or Eastern regions, or anywhere at all on weekends, though occasional carriage shortages saw these sets filling in for other services. Quite often, H sets filled in on Geelong & Shepparton runs, resulting in first class and buffet facilities being unavailable. H sets were used on Seymour, Wyndham Vale and Bacchus Marsh runs from this time. All these rosters were hauled by N or P class locomotives, occasionally aided by A66.

From January 2017, one H set resumed operations along the Geelong Line, having been moved from the Seymour Line. This set ran the 7:36 am Geelong to Southern Cross, and the 6:18 pm Southern Cross to Geelong.[19]

In late August 2017, some of the H sets were altered to account for the withdrawal of the P class locomotives. The two SH-LH sets alternated between Geelong and Bacchus Marsh; the SSH set (with A66 and a PH power van) and one SH-SH pair were captive to Bacchus Marsh runs; and the three remaining SH-SH pairs cycled around three rosters, either Bacchus Marsh to Southern Cross, Southern Cross to Geelong and Geelong to Southern Cross over the course of a day.[20][21][22] The ex-Bacchus Marsh roster included a trip to Seymour in the afternoon.[23]

In January 2021, H sets were re-rostered exclusively on the Bacchus Marsh[24] and Shepparton[25] lines, alongside occasional unscheduled runs to Geelong and elsewhere. However, from October 2022, due to the replacement of loco-hauled services on the Shepparton line, it was necessary to reinstate a daily trip to Geelong, while Shepparton services are now operated by VLocities. Thus, from 23 October, the 7:23am Geelong to Southern Cross and 4:18pm Southern Cross to Geelong have been operated by H sets.[26]


In the era after Covid significant quantities of VLocity carriages were delivered; this in conjunction with the general replacement of locomotive-hauled trains across the board led to some minor set reconfigurations. Generally speaking, the sets previously formed were retained, with reclassifications around the time the sets entered the workshops for refurbishing into the PTV Gemstone livery.

The sets formed were 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32 and 33, each six carriages. Of these, sets 22, 26 and 28 had a single BTH and BCH car each with the middle four cars assorted BIH and BH types; the other sets had two BTH, two BCH and one or two of the BH and BIH types. Long-van cars BCH134 and BCH135 were used in the middle of sets SSH27 and SSH31, and the 75ft long cars formed the east end of sets SLH32 and SLH33.

IEV102 remained in use by Metro Trains as an inspection vehicle. MTH101, 103, 104 and BH141 remained stored at Newport Workshops.

On 26 July 2023 a train hauled by N Class locomotives N465 and N460 transferred H sets SSH28 and SSH27 to Shepparton for storage;[27] these had returned to Newport by November for disposal. Also in late October and early November, sets SSH31 and SSH23 were transferred (separately) to Echuca for storage.

As of November 2023, the master train plan only requires one SLH set and no SSH sets. This set runs on weekdays from Maddingley sidings at 7:17am, picks up at Bacchus Marsh at 7:26am and arrives in Melbourne at 8:20am, then stables. In the afternoon it leaves Southern Cross at 5:21pm, runs to Melton arriving 6:02pm, then is overtaken by a Wendouree service and continues as a separate service at 6:12pm for Bacchus Marsh at 6:28pm, finally running empty at 6:31pm to Maddingley at 6:37pm. Neither the locomotives or carriages from this roster are used on weekends.[28]

Set history[edit]

Note: Colours are representative only, and do not directly correlate to liveries worn in the era.

Code Set No. From To Car F Car E Car D Car C Car B Car A (East end) Capacity Weight Length Changes to achieve Notes
SH 21 1984-07-09 1985-30-10[29] BTH161 BH141 BCH121 180 105t 58m As Built
"SH" 21 1985-30-10[29] By 1986-03-27[30] BTH161 BCH121 113 36m Lose BH141 to "SH"28
SH 21 By 1986-03-27[30] By 1987-08-01[31] BTH161 BH141 BCH121 180 105t 58m Regain BH141 ex "SH"28.
SH 21 By 1987-08-01[31] By 1988-02-07[32] BTH167 BH147 BH141 BCH121 180 105t 58m Lose BTH161 to SH27; gain BH147 & BTH167 ex SH27.
SH 21 By 1988-02-07[32] 1989-07-05 BTH161 BH141 BCH121 180 105t 58m Regain BTH161 ex SH27 and lose BH147 & BTH167 to SH27.
FSH 21 1989-07-06 2006-10-xx BTH161 BH141 BIH181 BCH121 247 138t 77m Add BIH181, new build.
SH 21 2006-10-xx 2012-11-26 BTH161 BH141 BCH121 180 105t 58m Remove BIH181 to Newport Workshops
SH 21 2012-11-26 Circa 2022 BTH161 BIH181 BCH121 184 104t 58m Add BIH181 ex Set #25, remove BH141 to Newport Workshops Paired with SH27
SH 21 Circa 2022 Current Set absorbed into SLH33
SH 22 1984-05-31 By 1987-08-01[31] BTH162 BH142 BCH122 180 105t 58m As Built
SH 22 By 1987-08-01[31] 1988-xx-xx (before Easter) Set dissolved into SH27 & LH32
FSH 22 1989-07-17 1999-09-xx BTH162 BH142 BIH182 BCH122 247 138t 77m Reformed; add BIH182, new build
VSH 22 1999-09-xx 2012-11-xx BTH162 BH149 BH142 BIH182 BCH122 310 172t 96m Add BH149 ex Set #29
SSH 22 2012-11-xx Circa 2021 BTH162 BH149 BIH184 BH142 BIH182 BCH122 377 205t 116m Add BIH184 ex Set #24
SSH 22 Circa 2021 Current BTH162 BH149 BIH184 BH142 BIH182 BCH122 377 205t 116m Repainted
SH 23 1984-06-21 1989-07-13 BTH163 BH143 BCH123 180 105t 58m As Built
FSH 23 1989-07-13 2007-09-25 BTH163 BH143 BIH183 BCH123 247 138t 77m Add BIH183, new build
VSH 23 2007-09-25 2012-05-xx BTH163 BIH181 BH143 BIH183 BCH123 314 171t 96m Add BIH181 ex Newport
FSH 23 2012-05-xx 2012-11-xx BTH163 BH143 BIH183 BCH123 247 138t 77m Remove BIH181 to Set #25
"FSH" 23 2011-11-xx By 2021-01-31 BTH163 BIH183 BCH123 184 104t 58m Remove BH143 to Set #26, BIH181 to Newport Paired with SH24
SSH 23 By 2021-01-31 Current BTH164 BH144 BCH124 BTH163 BIH183 BCH123 364 209t 116m Absorbed SH24 Stored Echuca circa November 2023
SH 24 1984-06-26 1989-07-27 BTH164 BH144 BCH124 180 105t 58m As Built First set to have suspension upgraded for 115 km/h running.[33]
FSH 24 1989-07-27 1997-09-15[34] BTH164 BH144 BIH184 BCH124 247 138t 77m Add BIH184, new build
FSH 24 1997-09-15[34] 2012-11-xx BTH164 BH144 BIH184 BCH124 247 138t 77m Repainted
"FSH" 24 2012-11-xx By 2021-01-31 BTH164 BH144 BCH124 180 105t 58m Remove BIH184 to Set #22 Paired with SH23.
SH 24 By 2021-01-31 Current Set absorbed into SSH23
SH 25 1984-06-07 1987-12-04[35] BTH165 BH145 BCH125 180 105t 58m As Built
"SH" 25 1987-12-04[35] 1989-xx-xx (after October) BTH167 BH147 BH145 BCH125 243 139t 77m Remove BTH165; add BH147 and BTH167 ex "SH"27
FSH 25 1989-xx-xx (after October) 2012-05-xx BTH165 BH145 BIH185 BCH125 247 138t 77m Add BIH185, new build; regain BTH165 ex "SH"27.
VSH 25 2012-05-xx 2012-11-14 BTH165 BH145 BIH185 BIH181 BCH125 314 171t 96m Add BIH181 ex Newport
"VSH" 25 2012-11-14 2012-11-xx BTH165 BIH185 BIH181 BCH125 251 137t 77m Remove BH145 to Set #28
SH 25 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH165 BIH185 BCH125 184 104t 58m Remove BIH181 to Set #21 Paired with SH30
SSH 25 Circa 2022 Current BTH170 BIH190 BCH130 BTH165 BIH185 BCH125 368 208t 116m Absorbed SH30
SH 26 1984-08-02 1989-06-28 BTH166 BH146 BCH126 180 105t 58m As Built
FSH 26 1989-06-28 1999-09-xx BTH166 BH146 BIH186 BCH126 247 138t 77m Add BIH186, new build
VSH 26 1999-09-xx 2012-11-xx BTH166 BIH188 BH146 BIH192 BCH126 314 171t 96m Remove BIH186 to Set #32, add BIH188 ex Set #26, add BIH192 ex Set #35. Fitted with rubber inter-carriage diaphragms in 2010.[36]
SSH 26 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH166 BH143 BIH188 BH146 BIH192 BCH126 377 205t 116m Add BH143 ex Set #23
SSH 26 Circa 2022 Current BTH166 BH143 BIH188 BH146 BIH192 BCH126 377 205t 116m Repainted
SH 27 1984-10-10 By 1987-08-01[31] BTH167 BH147 BCH127 180 105t 58m As Built
SH 27 By 1987-08-01[31] 1987-12-04[35] BTH161 BCH122 BTH162 BCH127 Lose BH147 & BTH167 to SH21; gain BTH162 and BCH122 ex SH22 and BTH161 ex SH21
"SH" 27 1987-12-04[35] 1990-07-20 BTH165 BCH122 BTH162 BCH127 234 142t 77m Add BTH165 ex SH25, lose BTH161 to SH21
FSH 27 1990-07-20 2004-12-xx BTH167 BH147 BIH187 BCH127 247 138t 77m Add BIH187 new build
SH 27 2004-12-xx 2005-03-xx BTH167 BH147 BCH127 180 105t 58m Remove BIH187 to Newport
FSH 27 2005-03-xx 2006-10-xx BTH167 BH147 BIH187 BCH127 247 138t 77m Add BIH187 ex Newport
"FSH" 27 2006-10-xx 2012-11-xx BTH167 BH147 BCH127 180 105t 58m Remove BIH187 to #28
SH 27 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH167 BH147 BCH127 180 105t 58m Paired with SH21
SSH 27 Circa 2022 Current BTH175 BIH186 BCH135 BTH167 BIH147 BCH127 374 209t 116m Absorbed SH35 Stored Shepparton late July 2023; to Newport November 2023
SH 28 1985-05-29 1985-10-30[29] BTH168 BH148 BCH128 180 105t 58m As Built
SH 28 1985-10-30[29] By 1986-03-27[30] BTH168 BH148 BH141 BCH128 247 Gain BH141 ex SH21, due to set LH33 not permitted in service.[37]
SH 28 By 1986-03-27[30] 1990-09-29 BTH168 BH148 BCH128 180 105t 58m Restored to original configuration
FSH 28 1990-09-29 1999-09-xx BTH168 BH148 BIH188 BCH128 247 138t 77m Add BIH188, new build
SH 28 1999-09-xx 2006-04-03 BTH168 BH148 BCH128 180 105t 58m Remove BIH188 to Set #26
FSH 28 2006-04-03 2012-11-xx BTH168 BH148 BIH194 BCH128 247 138t 77m Add BIH194 ex Set #34
SSH 28 2012-11-xx Circa 2021 BTH168 BH145 BIH194 BH148 BIH187 BCH128 377 205t 116m Add BH145 ex Set #25, BIH187 ex Set #27
SSH 28 Circa 2021 Current BTH168 BH145 BIH194 BH148 BIH187 BCH128 377 205t 116m Repainted Stored Shepparton late July 2023; to Newport November 2023
SH 29 1984-12-19 1992-06-26 BTH169 BH149 BCH129 180 105t 58m As Built
FSH 29 1992-06-26 1999-09-xx BTH169 BH149 BIH189 BCH129 247 138t 77m Add BIH189, new build
VSH 29 1999-09-xx 2012-11-xx BCH135 BTH175 BTH169 BIH189 BCH129 311 175t 97m Remove BH149 to Set #22, add BCH135 & BTH175 ex Set #35
SH 29 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH169 BIH189 BCH129 184 104t 58m Remove BCH135 & BTH175 to Set #35 Paired with SH35
SH 29 Circa 2022 Current Set absorbed into SSH23
SH 30 1984-05-06 1992-06-25 BTH170 BH150 BCH130 180 105t 58m As Built
SH 30 1992-06-25 2003-xx-xx BTH170 BIH190 BCH130 184 104t 58m Add BIH190, new build; Remove BH150, convert to BTH174
SH 30 2003-xx-xx 20xx-xx-xx BTH170 BIH190 BCH130 184 104t 58m Repainted
SH 30 20xx-xx-xx Circa 2022 BTH170 BIH190 BCH130 184 104t 58m Repainted Paired with SH25
SH 30 Circa 2022 Current Set absorbed into SSH25
SH 31 1985-08-14 1992-06-24 BTH171 BH151 BCH131 180 105t 58m As Built
SH 31 1992-06-24 20xx-xx-xx BTH171 BIH191 BCH131 184 104t 58m Add BIH191, new build; Remove BH151, convert to BTH175
SH 31 20xx-xx-xx Circa 2022 BTH171 BIH191 BCH131 184 104t 58m Repainted Paired with LH33
SSH 31 Circa 2022 Current BTH174 BIH193 BCH134 BTH171 BIH191 BCH131 374 209t 116m Absorbed SH34 Stored Echuca circa November 2023
LH 32 1985-03-08 By 1987-08-01[31] BTH172 BH152 BCH132 249 118t 70m As Built
"LH" 32 By 1987-08-01[31] 1999-09-xx BTH172 BH142 BH152 BCH132 316 151t 90m Add BH142 ex SH22.
FLH 32 1999-09-xx 2006-04-30 BTH172 BH152 BIH186 BCH132 316 151t 90m Remove BH142; add BIH186 ex Set #26
VLH 32 2006-05-01 2012-11-xx BCH134 BTH174 BTH172 BH152 BCH132 376 189t 109m Remove BIH186 to Set #33, add BCH134 & BTH174 to Set #34 First roster Roster #8306 & #8323 M-F (0701 up / 1732 down SEY)
LH 32 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH172 BH152 BCH132 249 118t 70m Remove BCH134 & BTH174 to Set #34 Paired with SH34
SLH 32 Circa 2022 Current BTH169 BIH189 BCH129 BTH172 BH152 BCH132 433 222t 128m Absorbed SH29
LH 33 1986-02-28 1992-07-03 BTH173 BH153 BCH133 249 118t 70m As Built Fitted with Socimi bogies, allowed to run at 160 km/h
FLH 33 1992-07-03 2006-04-xx BTH173 BH153 BIH193 BCH133 316 151t 90m Add BIH193, new build
VLH 33 2006-04-xx 2012-11-xx BTH173 BIH186 BH153 BIH193 BCH133 383 184t 109m Add BIH186 ex Set #32 Position of BIH186 unclear
LH 33 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BTH173 BH153 BCH133 249 118t 70m BIH186 to Set #35, BIH193 to Set #34 Paired with SH31
SLH 33 Circa 2022 Current BTH161 BIH181 BCH121 BTH173 BH153 BCH133 433 222t 128m Absorbed SH21
?H 34 1990-10-04 1992-07-10 BCH134 64 37t 19m As Built
SH 34 1992-07-10 2006-04-03 BTH174 BIH194 BCH134 194 104t 58m First formed
SH 34 2006-04-03 2012-11-xx Nil Nil Nil Split - BIH194 to #28; BCH134+BTH174 to #32
SH 34 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BCH134 BIH193 BTH174 190 105t 58m Reformed - BIH193 ex #33; BCH134+BTH174 ex #32 Reversed; paired with LH32
SH 34 Circa 2022 Current Set absorbed into SSH31
?H 35 1990-10-04 1992-07-10 BCH135 64 37t 19m As Built
SH 35 1992-07-10 1999-09-xx BTH175 BIH192 BCH135 194 104t 58m First formed
SH 35 1999-09-xx 2012-11-xx Nil Nil Nil Split - BIH192 to #26; BCH135+BTH175 to #29
SH 35 2012-11-xx Circa 2022 BCH135 BIH186 BTH175 194 104t 58m Reformed - BIH186 ex #33; BCH135+BTH175 ex #29 Reversed; paired with SH29
SH 35 Circa 2022 Current Set absorbed into SSH27
MTH 101 1984-06-18 Current MTH101 63 39t 19m As Built Stored since 26 April 2008
MTH 102 1984-06-29 2011-12-07 MTH102 63 39t 19m As Built Stored since 26 April 2008
IEV 102 2011-12-07 Current IEV102 Nil 39t 19m Modified ex MTH102 Track and Overhead inspection vehicle; restricted to 80 km/h[38]
MTH 103 1984-07-27 Current MTH103 63 39t 19m As Built Stored since 26 April 2008
MTH 104 1984-08-21 Current MTH104 63 39t 19m As Built Stored since 26 April 2008



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