BD Class Cattle trucks.

The final group of class B cattle wagons was 10107-10116, which were new 16'-0" long vehicles built in 1916. They were the first vehicles in what was to become class BD to which they were reclassified in 1920. They used the GC type underframe and in 1921/2 eighteen GC were nominally converted to class BD as follows:

 

 

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1921

7066, 7448, 7560, 8741, 8744, 9078, 9805 ex GC

1922

1410, 6998, 7246, 7425, 7574, 7760, 7781, 8500, 8985, 9209, 9235 ex GC

 
Much of the BD class construction was of vehicles, which were at least nominally, rebuilds of other classes, particularly class B. It is difficult to know if any components were recovered from the replaced vehicles. The rebuilds were as follows:

1920

6308 ex B

 

1932

6299 ex B

1921

6288, 6291 ex B

7849, 7850/3/4/7-9, 7860/1/4/6/8, 7870/1/3-5/7, 7882/4, 7890/4 ex M

 

1933

1936

9730 ex B

7525 ex B

1923

6295, 6310 ex B

 

1937

113, 116, 9731 ex B

1924

107, 6309 ex B

 

1941

7524 ex B

1925

100, 6307 ex B

 

1943

7518, 9715 ex B

1928

110, 7537 ex B

 

1944

95 ex B

1929

9742 ex B

 

1945

6298, 9733 ex B

1930

90, 6286, 6292 ex B

 

 

 

 
One group of BD's was converted from 1931 to hold elephants for travelling circuses. This involved new 4'-6" wide doors and a higher roof. The vans converted were:

 

1931

1932

1934

1954

 7853, 10114, 10115

6313, 9740 converted from class B

6300 converted from class B

5858 converted from class B

7849 was also converted to carry elephants but the date is not known.

The last of these conversions (BD5858) was a replacement for a 15'-0" steel-framed van but it is likely that it had the standard GC type underframe.

1950

7760, 7850 written off

 

1959

1410, 9715 written off

1953

7874, 10110 written off

 

1962

107, 861, 7560 written off

1954

95, 110, 113, 6295, 6298, 6310, 6998, 7246, 7425, 7448, 7518, 7524, 7858, 7864/6, 7870/3/7, 7890/4, 8500, 8741/4, 8985, 9209, 9235, 9733, 10107/8, 10116 written off

 

1964

1966

6309 written off

100 written off

1955

6286/8, 6299, 6307, 7066, 7525, 7537, 7574, 7860, 7871/5, 7882, 9078 9731 written off

 

1967

9730

1956

90, 6292, 7859, 10109, 10111 written off

 

1968

9805

1957

6291, 6308, 7781, 7854, 7868, 7884, 9742, 10113 written off

 

1972

116, 10112

1958

7857 written off

 

 

 

The elephant vans were written off as follows:

1953

10114 written off

 

1963

5858, 6313 written off

1955

7853 written off

 

1972

6300, 7849, 9740 written off

1957

10115 written off

 

 

 

The M.R.W.A. had some similar sized but steel framed vehicles in their CB class, which became part of class BD in 1964. They were all written off by 1972.

Other Cattle trucks

The W.A.G.R.'s other cattle trucks were classes B, BE, BS and the bogie vehicles in Classes T , TA and TAD.

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