Class C (Class N before 1900) Sheep trucks

The W.A.G.R.had a total of about 150 class C sheep trucks of five different designs.

The first group consisted of only about eight wagons. These wagons were 17'-0" over headstocks and originally had bell buffers. The first two were built in 1885 with a second batch of five in 1888. All of these older wagons were rebuilt as double-deckers in 1890 and a final wagon was built in 1891. Known running numbers are 105/6, 177, 189-191, 282. All of the wagons in this group were written off by 1903 although number 177 survived to become Jetty wagon 265.

A second group of four wagons of an altogether different design were inherited by the W.A.G.R. when the G.S.R was taken over in 1896. They have their own separate page.

No sheep trucks were built new on the New Zealand underframe and the first standard design did not arrive until the 1901/2 15'-0" all steel underframe became available. This new design was very similar to contemporary N.Z.R. wagons and they were numbered 5868 - 5892. One wagon (5872) from this batch was at least notionally converted to a class B cattle wagon in 1947. they were written off as below.

1947

5870 written off

1948

5877 to JETTY 484

5891 written off

1949

5887 written off

1950

5875,  5880, 5890 to JETTY 770, 784, 768

5874, 5879, 5883, 5886, 5888, 5889 written off

1951

5878 written off

1952

5871, 5873, 5881 written off

1953

5882 written off

1954

5868, 5869, 5876, 5884, 5885 written off

1955

5892 written off

The fourth group used the GB type 15'-0" wooden underframe. These wagons were numbered rather haphazardly as some were given numbers vacated by scrapped wagons. They were built as follows:

1904

105, 106, 177, 190, 191, 195 built

1905

6315-6344 built

1907

118-138, 140, 142, 144, 150 built 

In 1920 replacement of these wagons started with many being converted to (or replaced by) CX class wagons. Very few survived this process and the last wagon (6334) was written off in 1954. Conversions to CX were as follows:

1920

6317, 6320, 6321, 6335 to CX .

1921

6319  to CX

1922

6324, 6329 to CX

1923

123, 133, 6318, 6331, 6332, 6336, 6337  to CX

1924

6333, 6339 to CX

1925

130, 134, 135, 6326 to CX

1926

120  to CX

1927

121, 131 to CX

1928

125, 127, 129, 138 to CX

1929

118, 119, 140, 142, 144, 150, 6315 to CX

1930

122, 124, 128, 6321, 6328 to CX

1931

136 to CX

1932

126, 137 to CX

From 1937 conversions were to the new CXA standard (with probably very little left of the original wagon). 6325 and 6343 were dealt with in 1937 with 6330 following in 1944 and finally 6338 in 1947. Wagon 106 was converted to a class B cattle truck in 1947 and the remaining wagons were written off apart from 6322 which was missing presumed scrapped in 1953.

The wagons were written off as follows:

 

1947

6341 written off

1948

132, 191 written off

1949

105, 6327 written off

1950

195, 6316, 6323, 6340, 6342 written off

190 to JETTY 779

1952

177 written off

1953

6344 written off

6322 missing at stocktake

1954

6334 written off

 

The fifth group of wagons used the same chassis but with a new body design. A batch of 50 (8237 - 8286) was built in 1912 followed by a final pair in 1915. From 1930 these wagons were also converted to class CX .

 

 

 

 

Photo shows C8238 when brand new in 1912 (WAGR official ARHS collection)

 

1930

8247 to CX

1931

8244, 8253, 8269, 8277, 8286 to CX

1932

8240 to CX

From 1933 rebuilds/replacements were to the new CXA standard:

1933

8237, 8242, 8252, 8256, 8274, 8284, 9724 to CXA

1935

8241, 8250, 8260, 8282  to CXA

1936

8254, 8276 to CXA

1937

8259, 8264, 8272, 8275 to CXA

1938

8251 to CXA

1939

8239, 8262, 8263 to CXA

1940

8238, 8273 to CXA

1942

8249, 9723 to CXA

1943

8278 to CXA

1944

8255 to CXA

1945

8267 to CXA

 

The remaining wagons were written off with the exception of 8246 which was declared missing in 1953.

1947

8245, 8265, 8285 written off

1949

8268 written off

1950

8243, 8266, 8270, 8279 written off

1952

8258, 8280, 8281, 8283 written off

1953 8246 missing at stocktake

1954

8248, 8257, 8261, 8271 written off

Other Sheep trucks

The W.A.G.R.'s other sheep trucks were classes CA, CX, CXA, and CXB , and the bogie vehicles in Classes S, SA, SA (later SX) and SXT

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