G Class open wagons (Classes I, II, IW and R before 1900)

This class is another of the early groups which incorporates wagons built to several different diagrams. The Seabrook wagons and the wagons built for the G.S.R. have been successfully separated out on to their own pages. This leaves at least seven types which I can't, at the moment, fully separate:

1. The earliest and smallest wagons. Only 4 of these were left in 1900 and all had gone by 1903. These were only 11'-4" long over headstocks and 3 planks high. These wagons may have been class I or IW before 1900.

2. The eight open wagons built for the Bunbury tramway. A little longer than the first group at 12'-0" long with 4 plank sides and rounded ends. It is not believed that any of these were ever incorporated in the main number sequence as they were of lightweight construction and not really suitable for main line use.

3. The iron lined wagons supplied by Metropolitan RCWCo. These were class II before 1900. They were 15'-0" long over headstocks and had all gone by 1912. At least one of these had rounded ends .

4. The equivalent unlined wagons supplied by Metropolitan RCWCo. These were class IW before 1900. They were on the same underframe as the iron lined wagons. Again some seem to have had rounded ends.

5. Three "Lime wagons" of class R which became part of class G in 1900.

6. The wagons built to the NZR design which became the standard G class wagons on the W.A.G.R. These wagons were 4 planks high with a composite 15'-0" underframe. These were class IW before 1900.

7. The final group of 154 wagons built on an all steel underframe in 1901/03 to the same dimensions as the NZR type wagons. These were the first type of open wagon for WA built with vacuum brakes. These are very difficult to identify in the list and so the wagons listed in red numbers are possible candidates for this type. It is known that there were 34 of them left in November 1947.

8, Wagons purchased from contractors of non WA origin. For example G426 was ex QGR.

In addition there was the wooden framed vacuum braked version of type 7 which between 1904 and 1907 ran as class G but then became class GB. These are dealt with on the GB page.

In 1884 eight high-sided wagons were under construction on for the W.A.G.R's Eastern Railway. Parts for a further 20 were on order. The growth of the WAGR wagon stock in the eight years from 1888 was phenomenal and the high sided wagons were at the forefront of it. The following table shows just how dramatic that growth was.

Year Number of High-sided wagons in stock
1885

14

1886 52
1887 52
1888 55
1889 63
1890 65
1891 97
1892 227
1893 227 + 8 Bunbury wagons
1894 288
1895 435
1896 690

It is reasonable to conclude from this that at least 227 High sided wagons were built before the first of the NZR types arrived in 1893.

Some of the early Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co drawings shed some light on early orders for the W.A.G.R. The wagon numbers listed in the table are my best guess at which wagons correspond to which drawing. The photo at left shows G210 which should have been an I or IW before 1900. However, it is only 3 planks high and has straight ends and so differs from the drawings.

G210 in an early official picture of Collie Proprietary Colliery taken c1901-2. The wagon is in the grey livery with post 1900 markings.

Pre 1900 Class Order No. Drawing No. Drawing Date Wagon numbers? Built?
I 54 - 59 1885
I 276a 4060 1/8/84 76 - 83 1885
II 402a 4674 12/4/85 143 - 162 1886
IW

163 -174

1886

R (Lime wagons) 183 - 185 1888
IW? 606a 4674 27/6/86 186 - 188 1888
IW? 202 - 204 1889
IW? 206 - 8 1889
IW? 210 1889
IW? 220/1 1890
II 849a 4674 24/9/90 223 - 249 1891
II 850a 4674 24/9/90 257 - 262 1892
II?

266

1892

II

399 - 448

1892

Early wagon diagrams suggest that at least 110 of the early wagons were the iron-lined type. It seems likely that the iron-lined wagons were amongst numbers 143-162, 206-208, 220/1, 223-249, 257-262, 266, 399-448. Of these 143-162, 223-249 are confirmed by the MRCWCo drawing list whilst 158, 225, 415, 423, 424 are confirmed from photographs. This seems to give at the very least the blocks 143-162, 223-249, 257-262, 266 and 399-448 and a total of at least 104 wagons of this type. However, some of the wagons in these blocks could have been of conventional design on the same underframe. 426 was an ex QGR wagon.

II 158 from an old postcard of Fremantle harbour taken before 1900. The wagon is in the grey livery with what looks like a black painted interior.

A small number of these wagons had rounded ends as shown in the cruel enlargement of a photo taken in 1895 at Mullewa shown opposite.

The first complete list of wagon numbers is in Weekly Notice No. 40 of 1897. It lists all of the high sided 4 wheeled wagons but doesn't break them down as I, II and IW classes.

19, 23, 25, 26, 30, 38, 54-59, 76-83, 143-162,163-174, 183-185,186-188, 202-204, 206-208, 210, 220/1, 223-249, 257-262, 266, 399-448, 449-528, 795-894, 1078-1177, 1441-1490, 1980-1984, 2447-2746, 3650-3899, 4201-4240, 4266-4315, 4434-4438.

The former G.S.R.wagons were numbers 4201-4240 and 4266-4315 and have their own page. I have no idea what the 3 lime wagons (183-185) looked like.

The 1900 reclassification list is probably more accurate and reflects the true picture better. Unfortunately one of the main reasons for the reclassification exercise was that the existing system was a mess and full of inconsistencies. For example there is photographic evidence that 225 was an II not an IW. The reclassification list gives the pre 1900 situation as:

38, 54, 166, 228, 235 as class I

78, 143, 145 - 156, 158 - 162, 206, 224, 226, 227, 229, 230, 232 - 234, 236 - 241, 243 - 249, 257 - 259, 261, 262, 266, 399, 401-448 as class II.

12, 23, 25, 26, 30, 36, 56 - 58, 76, 77, 80, 81, 157, 163 - 165, 167 - 174, 186 - 188, 202 - 204, 207, 208, 210, 221, 223, 225, 231, 242, 260 as class IW

183 - 185 as class R Lime wagons

The following old WAGR wagons listed in 1897 are not listed in the 1900 renumbering exercise and must be assumed to have been written off in 1900 or thereabouts:

55, 59, 79, 82, 83, 144, 220, 400

There were a number of duplications. There were two wagons numbered 12. One was a (pre 1900) "P" class wagon which became H4919 whilst the other was an IW which became G12. There were two wagons numbered 36. One was the original cattle wagon of this number whilst the other was an IW that became G4903. There were two wagons numbered IW3838. One was renumbered to G4898. There were two wagons numbered 179. One was a cattle van whilst the other became G4895. G42 was already reclassified when "found" during the renumbering exercise and its previous identity is not recorded. Clearly, of the wagons listed as class I before 1900, number 166 falls in the middle of a group classed as IW whilst 228 and 235 fall in the middle of a block of II's. The rest of the batch which contained number 54 are all listed as IW's as well.

The lowest numbered NZR type wagon built new as a high sided wagon is believed to be G449 built in 1893 and delivered to the WAGR in 1894. This wagon features prominently in Battye Library photo 9848P.

It is clear that at this point the NZR type wagons built as high sided wagons were numbers 449-528, 795-894, 1078-1177, 1441-1490, 1980-1984, 2447-2746, 3650-3899, 4434-4438 for a total of 890 wagons built to this design. By 1900 almost one fifth of the entire W.A.G.R. wagon stock were of this type. However, just to complicate the story there were other wagons on the NZR underframe which became class G through rebuilding. The wagons built as class IW (later G) to the New Zealand design arrived as follows:

IW3650 - the first of a batch of wagons built by Stableford and Co. There is no evidence of the WAGR lettering appearing on wagons actually in traffic (yet).(Builders photo from ARHS Collection).

Year Construction of the NZR type open wagons
1894 449 - 528 built by ?

795 - 894 built Bristol Wagon Co

1895 1078 -1177 built Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.

1441 - 1490, 1980 - 1984 built Oldbury Carriage and Wagon Co

1896 2447 - 2546 built Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.

2547 - 2699, 2720 - 2734 built Oldbury Carriage and Wagon Co

1897 2700 - 2719, 2735 - 2746

3650 - 3724, 3804 built Stableford and Co

1898 3725 - 3803, 3805 - 3899 built Stableford and Co

4434 - 4438 built by ?

3893 - 3898 converted to class F. These wagons may never have entered traffic as open wagons.

Nearly every summer in the early days of the Eastern Goldfields Railway large numbers of wagons in classes G and H were temporarily converted into tankers in order to keep the trains running. When reconverted, the wagons did not necessarily revert to the type that they had started out as. So some G class wagons became class H and vice versa. It wasn't until the Goldfields water supply pipeline was completed that the situation stabilised somewhat although exceptionally dry summers still posed a problem. Unfortunately this period coincides with a gap in the records from 1900 to 1909. Some of the H class wagons involved in this process came from the original second hand group from New Zealand.

This period is also when the early types were replaced, sold or written off leaving just types 6 and 7. It would be easy to assume that all of the wagons that survived beyond 1912 with numbers below 449 were of the 1901-1903 type with steel frames and vacuum brakes. However the W.A.G.R. had a habit of selling wagons to railway construction companies and then buying them back later when the work was complete - at which point there was a good chance the wagon would get a different number - and so even this assumption is not secure.

The dates by which some, at least, of the early G wagons were eliminated can be estimated by the dates of construction of new wagons which did not belong to class G but which took old G wagon numbers. These replacement dates do give a clue as to when at least some of the early wagons were scrapped.

Year
1899 or thereabouts

2671, 2672, 2673, 2674, 2675, 2691, 2692, 2693, 2694, 2695, 2696, 2697, 2698, 2699, 2700, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2704, 2705, 2707, 2708, 2709, 2710, 2711, 2712, 2713, 2714, 2715, 2716, 2717, 2718, 2719, 2738, 2740, 2746, 3700, 3701, 3702, 3703, 3704, 3705, 3706, 3707, 3708, 3709, 3710, 3711, 3712, 3713, 3714, 3715, 3716, 3717, 3718, 3719, 3720, 3721, 3722, 3723, 3724, 3737, 3741, 3746, 3750, 3752, 3754, 3755, 3758, 3759, 3780, 3781 converted to class F (later class J after 1900).

19 converted to flat wagon class M (later class I after 1900)

1899- 1900 2688, 2701, 2706, 2816, 2822, 2823, 2827, 2829, 2834, 2837, 2839, 2843, 2844 converted to class F (later class J after 1900).

3921 converted from class H to class G

2738, 2740, 3737, 3741, 3746, 3750, 3752, 3754, 3755, 3758, 3759, 3780, 3781 converted from class J to class G

1900

55, 59, 79, 82, 83, 144, 220, 400, 487, 501, 869, 894, 2455, 2509, 2689 not listed at 1900 reclassification - presumed scrapped/sold. It is quite possible that the NZR type standard wagons listed were sold and later repurchased and ended up with new numbers outside the original sequence and thus account for some of the "odd" low numbers.

195 ex class N (previous pre 1900 class JW).

273, 311, 340, 341, 348, 369, 381, 388 , 1938, 1943, 1957, 2264, 3074, 3088, 3089, 3126, 3132, 3149, 3166, 3168, 3173, 4892 ex class H

307, 332, 338, 345 rebuilt from pre1900 class M to G. Initially before rebuilding 307 was briefly class I with the other three briefly class N. All 4 were originally ex NZR.

3899 to class K Ballast wagon

36 renumbered to G4903 type unknown but gone before 1908 when a new GC got this number.

1100, 1246, 1249, 1259, 1499, 1509, 1934, 1985, 2256, 2285, 2311, 2360, 2434, 2706 converted to class J

1901

3025 and 3049 converted from class H to class G.

246, 261, new GC 1917, 1915

406, 408, 412 new GC later

1902 Probably 37, 2509, 3950, 4557, 5180, 5946 (+ 148 other new steel framed G) built.

78, 146, 152, 155, 157, 158, 162, 231, 224, 227, 233, 234, 236, 237, 239, 240, 245, 249, 262, 401, 405, 407, 411, 415, 416, 420, 422, 424, 425, 427, 430, 431, 432, 436, 443, 445, 446 probably replaced by new steel framed G at this time.

1903 4911 sold for £27.0.0
1904 154, 241, 242, 257, 259, 402, 403, 438, 447 replaced by new construction GB class wagons
1907 25, 26, 30, 38, 42, 54, 56, 57, 58, 143, 147, 149, 160, 161 numbers used for new construction D class vans (as were 55 and 59 although the original open wagons had gone by 1900)

76, 80, 81 used for new construction O class gunpowder vans (as was 79 written off by 1900)

19, 23 numbers used for new F class louvre vans

(83 used for new B class cattle wagon - the original G wagon had gone by 1900)

150 number used for new C class sheep wagon (as was 144 which had gone by 1900)

156, 159, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168 numbers used for new construction GD class open wagons

185, 186 numbers used for new BC class Agricultural Bank manager's vans

1908 151, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 183, 184 numbers used for new construction GD class wagons. These numbers all fall within the range of numbers re-used in 1907 and a good guess would be that the old G class wagons were withdrawn late 1907/early 1908 otherwise the numbers would have been used on the new construction in 1907.

187, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 221, 223, 228, 244, 248, 260, 399, 404, 409, 410, 413, 414, 417, 419, 437, 439, 440, 441, 442, 4895, 4903, 4911, 4915 numbers used for new construction GC class wagons (note that 220 and 400 were also re-used at this time for GC class wagons although the original wagons had gone by 1900 and 4911 had gone in 1903)

1900 - 1909

286, 298, 314, 334, 346, 350, 352, 367, 370, 379, 395 converted from class H to class G.

1022,1239, 2391, 3029, 3031, 3033, 3034, 3045, 3055, 3057, 3059, 3061, 3072, 3077, 3078, 3079, 3082, 3085, 3086, 3091, 3092, 3094, 3095, 3096, 3101, 3120, 3131, 3139, 3144, 3151, 3152, 3155, 3163, 3169, 3170, 3172, 4060, 4132 converted from class H to class G ( probably via class J in most cases)

4919, 4920 believed to be ex class H but both H were former contractors wagons in 1900 so these two could be new construction in 1901/2 as replacements.

1026, 1030, 1031, 1032, 1035 ex class K Ballast wagon

1246, 1249, 1259, 1499, 1509, 1904, 1905, 1909, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1934, 1985, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2032, 2035, 2036, 2256, 2285, 2311, 2360, 2434, 2772, 2777, 2816, 2822, 2823, 2827, 2829, 2834, 2837, 2838, 2839, 2843, 2844, 2845, 3090, 3108, 3129, 3931, 3941, 3946, 3967, 3988, 3997, 4017, 4019, 4028, 4039, 4049, 4058, 4066, 4085, 4097, 4125, 4136, 4139, 4140, 4147 converted from class J to class G (2838 doesn't appear in my 1909 list but I think this is in error).

468, 844, 1078, 1171, 2264, 2511, 3804, converted to J

195, 203 written off

1984 to class H

From 1909 we are on slightly firmer ground. The remaining problems are separating the 154 steel framed wagons from the earlier NZR type and the demise of the last of the early wagons. The wagon diagrams suggest that this second process was completed before 1912. The only 1901/3 wagon that can be identified with any certainty in the steel framed group is G5946. The same all steel underframe was used for a pair of DX class weighbridge testing vans numbered 1411 and 5947 built in 1902. The numbers 5946 and 5947 were right at the end of the number series at this time and are thus definitely new construction vehicles. A further complication is that G5946 didn't last very long being replaced by a GC in 1921. It may have been an accident victim. It is likely that all of the wagons listed after 1912 in fuchsia and maroon are in fact the steel framed type rather than long lived older wagons.

G1478 on a visit to Midland Workshops c1905. (Photo ARHS collection)

1909

225, 230, 238, 433, 435, 448 sold to PWD

148, 153, 235, 247, 266, 423 sold to Smith and Timms

1910 1893, 4025, 4900 converted from class J

243, 418, 429, 434, 444 replaced by new GC

407 sold to PWD

1100, 1132, 1450, 1451, 2624, 3652, 3656, 3692, 3780, 3878, 3889, 4039 sold to Smith and Timms (these may well be the twelve G's that ended up at Port Hedland as 8807 - 8818 in 1912)

New wagon 3882 built to replace wagon damaged on MRWA. Type unknown.

1911

4011 converted from H

New wagon 407 converted from JETTY 108. Type unknown.

145, 229, 232, 258 sold to PWD

428 sold to Harbours and Rivers dept

341, 346, 352, 454, 466, 489, 508, 520, 525, 798, 800, 849, 860, 882, 1087, 1089, 1102, 1115, 1144, 1452, 1464, 1472, 1943, 1980, 1983, 2391, 2461, 2468, 2480, 2483, 2496, 2536, 2543, 2548, 2550, 2576, 2586, 2617, 2695, 3031, 3079, 3166, 3659, 3733, 3737, 3739, 3761, 3763, 3766, 3769, 3775, 3783, 3787, 3795, 3802, 3805, 3814, 3833, 3853, 3862, 3872, 3881, 4011 converted to class J

1912 8807, 8808, 8809, 8810, 8811, 8812, 8813, 8814, 8815, 8816, 8817, 8818 purchased from Smith & Timms (Port Hedland)

1272 converted from class H

1908 converted from class J

204 replaced by new GC

421 sold to PWD Broome after conversion to Meat van!

477, 479, 492, 496, 509, 519, 523, 840, 841, 847, 851, 861, 877, 1082, 1083, 1088, 1106, 1108, 1136, 1143, 1157, 1443, 1448, 1484, 2032, 2434, 2459, 2467, 2499, 2500, 2520, 2521, 2524, 2541, 2555, 2567, 2588, 2605, 2610, 2626, 2627, 2645, 2653, 2667, 2669, 2679, 2705, 2722, 2724, 2729, 3045, 3149, 3163, 3663, 3668, 3681, 3696, 3699, 3745, 3776, 3791, 3793, 3818, 3828, 3875, 4132, 5180 converted to class J

1913 531, 618 ex PWD
1914 443 replaced by new GC

77, 456, 500, 799, 1246, 1904, 1916, 2256, 2285, 2360, 2579, 2615, 2690, 2696, 3059, 3094, 3101, 3152, 3711, 3770, 3860 converted to class J

1915 261, 405, 420 replaced by new GC

340, 507, 1475, 2497, 2618, 2711, 2844, 3753, 3831 converted to class J

1916 415 replaced by new GC
1917 246, 401 replaced by new GC
1918 240, 436 replaced by new GC

237, 245 replaced by new GB

1919 2492, 3803 converted to class M
1920 12, 469, 3838 written off
1921 5946 replaced by new GC
1922 155, 422, 432, 1921 replaced by new GC
1923 157, 158, 162, 202, 227, 239, 249, 298, 408, 411, 445 replaced by new GC
1924 152, 416, 3888 replaced by new GC
1925 236, 412, 425 replaced by new GC
1926 234, 430 replaced by new GC
1927 424 replaced by new GC

512, 1175, 2708 replaced by new HB

1928 224 replaced by new GC
1929 262, 426, 1893, 3774 to JETTY stock 2, 3, 342, 356
1930

406, 1081, 1094, 1113, 1162, 1463, 2510, 3074, 4140 to JETTY stock 21, 61, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 34, 39

883 to Jetty stock number unknown

233 , 3841written off

1931

471, 1114, 1139, 1149, 1905, 2597, 2720, 3754, 3847, 3861, 3877 to JETTY stock 109, 113, 37, 38, 89, 96, 120, 121, 229, 230, 129

1166, 1985, 2557, 3033, 3794, 3817, 3879 to Jetty stock numbers unknown

226, 334, 1160, 2452, 2532, 2583, 2601, 3759, written off

1933 8833 converted from HA to G (Port Hedland 1933-4)

461 replaced by new GC

1934 835, 2490, 2560, 2735, 3734, 3786, 3855, 3876 written off

370, 388, 3856 replaced by new GC

1935

514, 1097, 2509, 3090, 3751, 3771, 3785 to JETTY stock 395, 287, 393, 396, 458, 391, 392

528, 804, 815, 821, 828, 1120, 1151, 1158, 1457, 1485, 1922, 2485, 2527, 2598, 2646, 2663, 2681, 2702, 3092, 3655, 3778, 3858 written off

1936

146, 506, 823, 1035, 1127, 1129, 1159, 2554, 2737, 2738, 2843, 3096, 3120, 3725, 3755, 3788, 3812, 4019 written off

3852 to JETTY 483

1098 to JETTY 450 in 1935 but not w/o until 1936!

1937

837, 874, 1105, 1176, 1462, 1482, 2493, 2514, 2625, 2629, 2740, 3126, 3662, 3726, 3731, 3835, 4920 to JETTY stock 508, 509, 517, 542, 543, 518, 537, 544, 520, 521, 540, 468, 545, 546, 547, 526, 527

367, 476, 834, 1086, 1460, 1473, 1938, 2505, 2542, 2582, 2616, 2822, 3089, 3669, 3758, 3806, 3851, 3946 written off

297, 457, 462, 475, 505, 1022, 1030 written off then converted to GW and written back.

816, 819, 820, 836, 862, 863, 893, 1092, 1109, 1138, 1168, 1170, 1461, 1467, 1479, 1488, 2036, 2460, 2462, 2477, 2486, 2540, 2544, 2545, 2575, 2581, 2587, 2599, 2609, 2611, 2628, 2632, 2641, 2657, 2660, 2682, 2714, 2827, 3034, 3072, 3078, 3085, 3684, 3735, 3740, 3748, 3749, 3809, 3823, 3854, 3866, 3997, 4058 converted to class GW

1938

231, 311, 431, 453, 478, 491, 504 to JETTY stock 460, 162, 173, 461, 431, 346, 174. Of these 231 was listed as JETTY stock from 1937.

526 written off

1939

395, 843, 879, 889, 1079, 1140, 1146, 1167, 1469, 1908, 2451, 2506, 2512, 2526, 2528, 2546, 2569, 2589, 2591, 2659, 2687, 3025, 3082, 3670, 3698, 3719, 3738 to JETTY stock 169, 175, 177, 178, 180, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 269, 191, 192, 466, 195, 281, 301, 151, 201, 296, 434, 327, 309, 467, 436, 322, 470. Of these 2526 and 3738 are listed as JETTY stock in 1937 and 2451, 2546, 3670 in 1938.

4438 to JETTY 354 (N Type bodywork)

797, 813, 817, 855, 872, 1095, 1131, 1172, 2026, 2489, 2502, 2516, 2533, 2603, 2649, 2677, 2732, 3077, 3682, 3750, 3807, 3822, 3863, 3869, 3921, 4139, written off

1940

3839 to JETTY 310

3139, 3660 written off

1942 338, 350, 527, 830, 858, 1080, 1137, 1145, 1150, 1163, 1466, 1981, 2035, 2471, 2513, 2525, 2538, 2661, 2678, 2703, 2726, 3029, 3155, 3689, 3690, 3779, 3830, 3880, 3950 , written off

451, 458, 459, 464, 490, 511, 522, 806, 845, 1101, 1441, 1442, 1453, 2488, 2553, 2630, 2637, 2640, 2733, 2829, 3061, 3672, 3742, 3777, 3821, 3832, 3967, 4900 sold to Commonwealth Railways for Northern Australia Line.

515, 811, 826, 829, 892, 1259, 1445, 1455, 2448, 2466, 2470, 2523, 2531, 2539, 2563, 2590, 2602, 2612, 2638, 2686, 2688, 2839, 3055, 3108, 3667, 3679, 3694, 3772, 3800, 3890, 4085, 4097, 4892 to JETTY 438, 597, 147, 83, 111, 568, 91, 575, 551, 124, 560, 579, 574, 475, 72, 208, 110, 108, 600, 146, 569, 571, 570, 439, 585, 582, 479, 117, 496, 580, 149, 554, 572

1943

446, 807, 839, 2537, 2585, 2837, 3767, written off

379, 891, 2453, 2472, 2481, 2501, 2675, 3857 to JETTY 206, 156, 159, 252, 481, 284, 485, 228

1944 1177, 2619, 2816, 3680, 3773, 3782, 3883 written off

345, 369, 483, 516, 803, 818, 822, 831, 881, 884, 1085, 1093, 1110, 1117, 1165, 1474, 1480, 1918, 2027, 2447, 2449, 2473, 2482, 2494, 2593, 2620, 2652, 2654, 2728, 2730, 3654, 3712, 3765, 3799, 3846, 3859, 3867, 3874 3886, 4434 to JETTY stock numbers 614, 607, 49, 615, 616, 617, 608, 618, 619, 620, 621, 609, 104, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 610, 98, 633, 634, 635, 611, 636, 14, 637, 638, 639, 11, 640, 641, 642, 644, 645, 646, 647, 612, 67, 231 respectively

1945

493, 3170 to JETTY 53, 54 (G493 listed as JETTY stock in 1944)

332, 2484 written off

1946

878, 1456, 1499, 2559 to JETTY stock 211, 197, 199, 94

488, 521, 1454, 3790, 3885 written off

1947

78, 452, 850, 2285, 2491, 2503, 2704, 3651, 3687, 3865 to JETTY stock 112, 650, 76, 272, 273, 123, 276, 274, 212, 125

314, 449, 517, 814, 880, 1130, 1447, 2360, 2457, 2570, 2665, 2834, 3811, 3840, 3842 written off

1948

455, 463, 859, 2028, 2596, 2639, 2707, 2734, 3732, 3820, 3826, 3882 to JETTY stock 469, 661, 511, 283, 504, 292, 519, 668, 663, 659, 482, 285 of these only 2707 is suspect as it has a Jetty stock date of 1937! Several others have Jetty stock dates in 1947 rather than 1948.

854, 1107, 1124, 2547, 3691, written off

1949

473, 480, 495, 887, 1112, 1126, 2650, 2684, 3132, 3729, 3730, 3741, 3752, 3797, 3825, 3829 to JETTY stock 754, 480, 16, 672, 105, 675, 674, 676, 41, 669, 677, 35, 735, 673, 694, 756. G3729 was listed as JETTY stock from 1948 but 3741 not until 1961!

481, 795, 1104, 1152, 1476, 2478, 2561, 2685, 2697, 2721, 2743, 3129, 3658, 3845, 3870 written off

1950

465, 802, 833, 865, 876, 2635, 2643, 2680, 3675, 4898 to JETTY stock 776, 785, 775, 790, 762, 814, 791, 771, 773, 765

472, 494, 801, 805, 1121, 1148, 1161, 2558, 2564, 2568, 2607, 2683, 2772, 3095, 3666, 3728, 3813, 4049, 4557 written off

1951

846, 870, 2311, 2476, 2656, 2664, 3810, 3887 to JETTY stock 813, 802, 870, 806, 853, 807, 18, 837. Apart from 2311 these are listed as JETTY wagons in 1950 but written off 1951.

427, 867, 1123, 1141, 1153, 1154, 1155, 1173, 1470, 2529, 2608, 2651, 2666, 2723, 2725, 3168, 3653, 3665, 3744 written off

348, 531, 618, 868, 1091, 1096, 1239, 2474, 2573, 2723, 3657, 3844, 8807, 8808, 8809, 8810, 8811, 8812, 8813, 8814, 8815, 8816, 8817, 8818, 8833 sold to PWD Port Hedland

1952

3843 to JETTY stock 876

37, 407, 474, 484, 857, 1099, 1116, 1169, 1449, 1465, 1478, 2507, 2530, 2534, 2631, 2644, 2670, 2710, 2745, 3743, 3988, 4017 written off

2565 converted to class N

1953

3049, 3815, 4435 to JETTY stock 727, 189, 134

307, 518, 796, 825, 1111, 1135, 1156, 1477, 1481, 1490, 1920, 1982, 2465, 2498, 2508, 2519, 2551, 2578, 2606, 2647, 2658, 2668, 2676, 2694, 2741, 3057, 3088, 3664, 3685, 3796, 3819, 3868, 3891, 3892, 4136, 4147, 4436, 4437 written off

1249, 1444, 1458, 1468, 1487, 2464, 2577, 2655, 2698, 2739, 3086, 3650, 3671, 3727, 3837, 4028 missing at stocktake - presumed scrapped

1954

513, 2621, 3792 to JETTY 903, 914, 909

286, 381, 838, 853, 886, 1026, 1090, 1934, 1957, 2456, 2552, 2566, 2572, 2633, 2634, 2642, 2662, 2742, 2777, 2838, 2845, 3673, 3677, 3736, 3746, 3757, 3768, 3784, 3808, 3816, 3848, 3850, 3873, 3884 written off

1955

2600 to JETTY 109

467, 486, 809, 875, 1032, 1486, 2562, 2727, 3674, 3678, 3764, 4060, 4066 written off

1956 848, 1119, 1483, 2504, 2515, 3169, 3172 written off

4919 sold

1957 482, 498, 808, 852, 864, 866, 1084, 1122, 1133, 1174, 1272, 1489, 2517, 2674, 2691, 3676, 3683, 3760, 3836, 3864, 3871, 4025 written off

2584 sold to Esperance Harbour

1958

2556, 2613, 2744, 3931 to JETTY stock 892, 300, 344, 846

1031, 1118, 1125, 1147, 1909, 2450, 2623, 2712, 2731, 3091, 3709, 3762, 3789written off

1134, 3756 converted to class HW

1959 1128, 2574, 2614, 2622, 3688, 3697 written off
1960 2487, 2522, 2549, 2595, 3693, 3824 written off
1961

460 to JETTY stock 981

873, 4125 written off

485, 2469, 3144, 3798, 3801 converted to class DW

1962 450, 503, 856, 890, 1103, 2495, 2604, 3849, 3941 written off
1963 2648 written off
1964 2475, 2518, 2823, 4908 to Ash wagons at Northam, Lake Grace, Albany and Collie
1965 497 written off

1446, 2736, 3151, 3914 to Ash wagons (3914 could be an error)

1966 2458 written off

2479, 2580, 2709 to Ash wagons

1967 3747 to Ash wagon
1968 499, 1459 written off
1969 470 written off
1970 524, 810, 812, 827, 832, 871, 888, 1142, 1471, 2463, 2592, 2594, 3686, 3781, 3827 written off
1971 824 written off
1972 502, 842, 2454, 2636, 3131, 3834 written off
1973 2571, 3695 written off
1977 510, 1164, 2535, 3661 written off

 

The record card for class G has a discrepancy of 1 wagon when it ends. It doesn't list which one this is but the only one that I can't account for after 1909 is G 885. This was presumably still extant at the 1953 stocktake.

 

This group of wagons have a long and complex story and I am sure that I have not got it all correct. In particular the critical period between 1900 and 1909 and especially the 1902 period contains the potential for mistakes.

G3695 near the end of its life running as a "Blue Cross" wagon at Albany. Since being built it has acquired vacuum brakes (although the cylinder has probably been removed at this late stage of its life) and rings for tying down tarpaulins. The blue cross indicates that the wagon is unfit for use on the main line.

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