BE Class Cattle trucks

The four-wheeled cattle truck in the post-war reconstruction programme was class BE. A total of 300 were constructed on the standard 18'-0" long 10'-0" wheelbase chassis by Tomlinsons in 1952 (20401-20669) and 1953 (20670-20700). They were the last four-wheeled cattle trucks constructed for the W.A.G.R. Their construction allowed the withdrawal from service of most of the old B and BD class cattle trucks.

They formed the basis for a number of conversions over the years but eventually succumbed with the demise of livestock traffic on the W.A.G.R. They were not all repainted yellow before the end as shown by the photo of 20527.

Conversion from class BE were as follows:

1965

20505 to HCA

1966

20621 to NF

1967

20425/6, 20433, 20462, 20498, 20563, 20594/8, 20657, 20662, 20683/7 to HCA

20405, 20442/6, 20453, 20468, 20478, 20481/3, 20503, 20512/7, 20531/9, 20548, 20554/7, 20561/7, 20572, 20585/6, 20602/8, 20623, 20634/9, 20652, 20676 to HCL

20406, 20473/5, 20495, 20523, 20553, 20560, 20601, 20696 to NO

1975

20416/9, 20439, 20441, 20470/2, 20487, 20490, 20511, 20587, 20620, 20664, 20684/9 to cattle containers 5486-5500

All of the other members of the class were written off. It is assumed that the early casualties were due to accident damage.

 

1965

20665

1966

20407

1975

20409, 20412/5, 20420/2/4/9, 20436, 20443, 20454/6/8, 20461/6/7, 20471/6/7, 20486, 20492/4, 20508, 20570/6/9, 20520, 20530/3/5/6, 20542, 20556, 20562, 20571, 20590/5/9, 20600/3/5/7, 20624, 20635, 20646/9, 20654/8/9, 20660/8, 20671/8/9, 20685, 20690

1976

20435, 20455, 20440, 20464, 20552, 20628

1977

20421, 20450, 20528, 20569, 20593, 20629, 20677, 20681, 20691

1978

20408, 20410, 20423, 20430/8, 20501, 20513, 20532, 20541, 20568, 22574, 20580, 20613, 20626, 20642

1979

20403, 20449, 20465, 20488, 20515, 20544/9, 20558, 20581/9, 20612/8, 20637/8, 20645, 20672, 20680

1981

20521, 20573, 20596

1983

20404, 20411, 20428, 20444/8, 20451/2/7, 20489, 20493/9, 20502/4, 20526, 20534, 20540/3/7, 20550/1, 20564, 20575/7/8, 20588, 20597, 20614-6/9, 20622, 20630, 20640/7/8, 20669, 20673/4, 20698

1985

20401, 20413/7, 20427, 20431/2/4/7, 20459, 20460/3/9, 20474/9, 20480/2/5, 20491/7, 20500/9/ 20522/4, 20538, 20555/9, 20565, 20570/6, 20584, 20604/6, 20625, 20631, 20641/3, 20644, 20650/3, 20663/7, 20670, 20682/8, 20692-5/7/9

1986

20402, 20414/8, 20445/7, 20484, 20507, 20518, 20525/9, 20537, 20545/6, 20566, 20583, 20591/2, 20609, 20611/7, 20632/6, 20651/5, 20661, 20675, 20686, 20700

1987

20496, 20506, 20514, 20527, 20582, 20627, 20656

1991

20579, 20610

Other Cattle trucks

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

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