GA Class open wagons

A Hurst Nelson builders photo of an incomplete GA in original condition with coil springs (only 1 side and 1 end have been erected and there is no floor - hence the daylight on the brake gear). These coil springs created problems and were removed very early on.

This class of 761 wagons was the first group of four wheel wagons to dispense with the N.Z.R. standard underframe. They were built in both the UK and USA. The American wagons (5948 - 6157 built by American Car and Foundry) had slight detail differences from the UK built examples. In comparison to the near contemporary GB class they were rather larger in cubic capacity and had a steel rather than wooden underframe. This made them quite long-lived with large-scale withdrawals not occurring until the GM class wagons were introduced in the early fifties.

GA 6070 above was involved in an accident at Dumberning in the 1930s and so this view of the crash gives us a particularly good look at one of the American built GAs as running at the time.  Since it was built it has had the original coil springs replaced with leaf springs and the central metal stanchions at each end have been replaced with heavier wooden ones. It has also gained a bumper on the door to prevent damage to the door.  The wagon number is on a metal plate rather than painted onto the solebar as usual.  The axleboxes are the WAGR standard type.

1901

4388 - 4433, 4560 - 4569, 4571 - 4580, 4924 - 4991, 5183 - 5218, 5263 - 5280 built

1902

5281 - 5561, 5948 - 6068 built

1903

4243 - 4345, 4251, 4256, 4260, 4261, 4263, 4264, 5562 - 5591, 6069 - 6197 built

1904

4158, 5094, 5592 built

1913 4947 rebuilt after being destroyed by fire

1924

5568 rebuilt to form the prototype DA class van

1932

5985, 6026 written off due to fire in 1931 and derailment in 1932 respectively

1935

6070 destroyed in derailment and written off

6061 replaced by GC

1937

4562, 5094, 5211, 5309, 5423, 5442, 5448, 5456, 5479, 5484 written off and transferred to W.A.G.R. mill

1945

4572 destroyed in Morawa derailment. 5198, 5462 destroyed by fire at Workshops. All written off

1946

6023 destroyed by fire and written off

1947

4264, 4391, 4571, 4946, 4948, 4952, 5276, 5432, 5440, 5496, 5501, 5505, 5586, 5972, 6029, 6039, 6043, 6084, 6102, 6134, 6139, 6148, 6150, 6151, 6182 written off

1948

4403, 4983, 5418, 5551, 5996, 6027 written off

5367, 5458, 6000 to JETTY 658, 660, 662

1949

4397, 4399, 4945, 5200, 5294, 5329, 5362, 5425, 5426, 5504, 5991, 6024, 6047, 6135 written off

4399 written back

5382, 5516, 5975, 5983, 6002, 6069, 6094, 6114, 6118, 6160 to JETTY 693, 678, 722, 725, 657, 723, 727, 755, 736, 750

JETTY 719 from one of the written off wagons. GA 6002 was listed as a JETTY wagon from 1948 but not written off until 1949.

1950

4560, 5333, 5417, 5449, 5487, 5509, 5967, 6032, 6062 written off

5580 destroyed in collision Bunbury and written off.

4990, 5326, 5560 destroyed in collision Dalwalinu-Pithara

4414, 5266, 5337, 5358, 5413, 5457, 5461, 5547, 6060 to JETTY 823, 792, 818, 821, 824, 819, 763, 810, 820

GA 4426 is listed as both JETTY 222 and JETTY 822. Clearly one is wrong.

1951

4924, 5263, 5389, 5489, 5558, 6042, 6109, 6187 written off

4407, 4939, 4967, 5203, 5277, 5297, 5304, 5363, 5373, 5375, 5386, 5491, 5530, 5536, 5537, 5546, 5559, 5953, 6020, 6021, 6022, 6052, 6064, 6075, 6085, 6100, 6127, 6140, 6154, 6155, 6166, 6186 to JETTY 826, 871, 838, 867, 834, 827, 835, 859, 872, 102, 804, 869, 841, 865, 836, 842, 801, 868, 1, 839, 857, 830, 829, 843, 825, 873, 844, 845, 828, 864, 866, 805

Several of these are listed as JETTY stock from 1950 but have 1951 written off dates

1952

5271, 6051 written off

1953

5268, 5437, 5978, 6157 sold to M.R.W.A. ( A320, A322, A321, A319 )

5299, 5583, 6172 missing at stock take

4244, 4390, 4399, 4400, 4412, 4415, 4433, 4566, 4568, 4569, 4574, 4925, 4930, 4936, 4940, 4951, 4973, 4975, 4978, 4982, 4986, 5184, 5188, 5192, 5193, 5202, 5206, 5207, 5209, 5264, 5265, 5275, 5292, 5296, 5298, 5300, 5306, 5314, 5315, 5320, 5321, 5323, 5327, 5335, 5349, 5350, 5360, 5361, 5366, 5374, 5376, 5377, 5378, 5385, 5388, 5390, 5392, 5401, 5405, 5414, 5421, 5422, 5424, 5431, 5433, 5446, 5451, 5454, 5466, 5467, 5488, 5493, 5502, 5519, 5520, 5522, 5523, 5525, 5532, 5534, 5538, 5549, 5553, 5556, 5563, 5569, 5581, 5592, 5965, 5970, 5974, 5976, 5979, 5989, 5994, 6001, 6004, 6009, 6011, 6013, 6015, 6017, 6018, 6028, 6033, 6044, 6049, 6050, 6065, 6066, 6077, 6088, 6097, 6098, 6101, 6105, 6106, 6113, 6120, 6121, 6125, 6128, 6131, 6133, 6137, 6141, 6153, 6158, 6168, 6185, 6188 written off

1954

4245, 4256, 4261, 4388, 4392, 4393, 4394, 4395, 4402, 4404, 4408, 4413, 4417, 4418, 4430, 4431, 4432, 4561, 4567, 4573, 4576, 4579, 4926, 4932, 4933, 4943, 4949, 4959, 4960, 4965, 4980, 4984, 4985, 4987, 4991, 5183, 5196, 5205, 5208, 5210, 5215, 5217, 5218, 5267, 5272, 5282, 5283, 5285, 5287, 5288, 5302, 5303, 5310, 5318, 5322, 5328, 5330, 5334, 5339, 5340, 5341, 5343, 5345, 5348, 5351, 5359, 5364, 5369, 5370, 5380, 5384, 5393, 5396, 5400, 5410, 5411, 5415, 5420, 5429, 5434, 5444, 5445, 5455, 5459, 5460, 5463, 5464, 5465, 5472, 5473, 5475, 5476, 5477, 5478, 5480, 5483, 5495, 5498, 5508, 5514, 5515, 5517, 5521, 5527, 5535, 5542, 5555, 5562, 5564, 5565, 5566, 5567, 5572, 5576, 5584, 5590, 5948, 5950, 5952, 5966, 5968, 5981, 5982, 5986, 5997, 6005, 6008, 6038, 6040, 6045, 6046, 6068, 6071, 6074, 6081, 6082, 6086, 6089, 6095, 6096, 6103, 6107, 6110, 6111, 6116, 6122, 6130, 6156, 6162, 6181, 6183, 6189, 6196 written off

4410, 4931, 5189, 5214, 5284, 5352, 5447, 5453, 5507, 5554, 5575, 5588, 5957, 6025, 6108 to JETTY 908, 905, 25, 907, 917, 915, 900, 893, 910, 904, 895, 916, 906, 894, 911

1955

4158, 4405, 4406, 4421, 4424, 4425, 4961, 5191, 5194, 5201, 5273, 5274, 5278, 5312, 5313, 5324, 5325, 5331, 5356, 5372, 5389, 5395, 5397, 5406, 5409, 5416, 5419, 5441, 5452, 5471, 5474, 5485, 5494, 5499, 5511, 5513, 5545, 5548, 5570, 5578, 5585, 5587, 5956, 5958, 5971, 5973, 5998, 5999, 6003, 6007, 6016, 6019, 6031, 6036, 6056, 6057, 6058, 6072, 6078, 6090, 6099, 6112, 6119, 6124, 6143, 6144, 6146, 6163, 6164, 6171, 6180, 6197 written off

5336, 5481 to JETTY 61, 65. One other wagon to JETTY 88. GA5573 and 5969 to JETTY 86, 90 but not listed as written off until 1956 and 1962.

4428, 5293, 5469 to Harbours and Lights Dept Esperance (In 1962 became JETTY 969, 976, 936)

1956

4563, 4929, 4947, 4953, 4955, 4957, 4979, 5185, 5212, 5281, 5355, 5497, 5500, 5544, 5557, 5573, 5964, 5977, 6104, 6123, 6147, 6190 written off

5492 to JETTY 112

4934, 5347 to Harbours and Lights Dept Esperance (In 1962 became JETTY 946, 972)

1957

4260, 4396, 4398, 4411, 4427, 4429, 4564, 4575, 4577, 4928, 4941, 4942, 4950, 4966, 4968, 4972, 4989, 5187, 5190, 5195, 5197, 5216, 5269, 5270, 5279, 5280, 5291, 5301, 5305, 5308, 5311, 5316, 5317, 5332, 5338, 5344, 5346, 5354, 5365, 5371, 5387, 5391, 5407, 5412, 5427, 5428, 5430, 5468, 5490, 5510, 5512, 5528, 5531, 5540, 5541, 5543, 5574, 5577, 5579, 5955, 5959, 5960, 5963, 5984, 5987, 5992, 6006, 6012, 6034, 6041, 6054, 6073, 6079, 6083, 6092, 6115, 6117, 6152, 6165, 6169, 6174, 6179 written off

4944, 5342, 5949, 5988, 6053, 6063, 6067 to JETTY 920, 211, 921, 208, 922, 923, 924

4420, 4964, 5394, 5439, 5506, 5539, 5591, 5951, 5980, 5984, 6010, 6037, 6093, 6178 to Harbours and Lights Dept Esperance (In 1962 became JETTY 977, 945, 934, 958, 973, 935, 948, 961, 933, 960, 963, 965, 966, 940)

5482, 6035, 6091 to Harbours and Lights Dept Esperance. Two of these likely to have become JETTY 931, 970 in 1962 but which was which is not known

1958

4937, 4976, 6132, 6136, 6177 to Harbours and Lights Dept

5286, 5529, 5561 converted to class HW

5436, 5450, 5533, 5990, 6184 written off

1959

4389, 4580, 5443, 5954 written off

w/o 5212 to JETTY 245

1960

4263, 4416, 4954, 4970, 4977, 4988, 5290, 5319, 5383, 5399, 5435, 5470, 5582, 5962, 6080, 6126, 6138, 6142, 6167, 6170 written off

1961

4419, 4927, 5961, 6055 written off

6048 to JETTY 42

1962

4565, 4578, 4963, 5289, 5307, 5368, 5404, 5571, 5969, 5995, 6059, 6149, 6161, 6173 written off

1963

4956, 5295, 5403, 5486, 5518 to Ash wagons

5402, 6145, written off

6192 to JETTY 991

1964

4401, 4935, 4958, 4962, 4969, 5186, 5550, 5589, 6195 written off

1965

4938, 5357, 5381, 5408, 6030 written off

1966

5204, 6087 written off

1967

5524 written off

1968

4971, 5199, 5379 written off

1969

6194 written off

1970

4243, 4251, 4409, 4422, 4423, 4981, 5398, 5438, 5552, 5993, 6014, 6129, 6159, 6176, 6191, 6193 written off

1972

4974, 5526 written off

1973

5353 written off

1977

5213, 5503, 6076, 6175 written off

Above: Three GA's showing their rather large size when compared to a standard G at Midland workshops c1905. (ARHS(WA) photo)

Below: an unidentified GA being unloaded.

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