GB Class open wagons

In 1904 a group of G class wagons was built with vacuum brakes but wooden underframes. Further examples were built in 1905 but these were now classified GB as were the rest of the class.

These wagons had a relatively uneventful existence and when their timbers started to become life expired the metal parts were salvaged for new GC class wagons. This process continued for some time to the point where steel underframe and wooden underframe versions of class GC were being produced in parallel by recycling GB components. Presumably this reflected the relative condition of the GB parts being reused. Possibly the most surprising examples were the wooden framed GCs produced in 1951/2 although this could be a reflection of a contemporary steel shortage. However, from 1953 any remaining GB's were withdrawn.

 

The photo shows a string of brand new GBs in 1905 at Midland Workshops (WAGR official - ARHS collection).

 

1904

154, 241, 242, 257, 259, 402, 403, 438, 447 built as class G

1905

62, 139, 6345 - 6668 built 

1906

6669 - 6784 built 

1907

154, 241, 242, 257, 259, 402, 403, 438, 447 reclassified from class G to class GB

1909

6421, 6537, 6556, 6571, 6594, 6601, 6712, 6765, 6773 transferred to Hopetoun line. 

1912

6463 replaced by new GC 

1918

237, 245 built to replace G class wagons. 

1921

6397, 6484, 6659 replaced by GC

1924

6607 replaced by GC

1925

6486, 6489, 6524, 6526, 6545, 6615, 6647, 6676, 6741 converted to class M

1926

402, 6420, 6432, 6453, 6541, 6604, 6622 replaced by GC

1927

6413, 6442 replaced by GC

6571, 6601 fitted with ridgepoles at Hopetoun

1928

241, 6698 replaced by GC

1929

6381, 6417, 6436, 6491, 6500, 6513, 6548, 6560, 6605, 6626, 6664, 6680, 6761 converted to class M

6358, 6367, 6375, 6462, 6519, 6529, 6654, 6657, 6696, 6742, 6748, 6767, 6776 replaced by GC

6734 written off (presumably an accident victim)

1930

403, 6349, 6352, 6355, 6374, 6387, 6403, 6414, 6419, 6464, 6492, 6495, 6535, 6536, 6542, 6552, 6562, 6578, 6580, 6602, 6610, 6613, 6617, 6619, 6621, 6635, 6662, 6707, 6720, 6721, 6738, 6740, 6768, 6783 replaced by GC

1931

6382, 6482, 6625, 6631, 6634, 6648, 6673, 6704, 6757 replaced by GC

6389, 6744 replaced by GC (steel underframe)

6771 written off (destroyed)

1932

6362, 6475, 6737 replaced by GC

6364, 6409, 6411, 6719, 6753 replaced by GC (steel underframe)

1933

245, 438, 6365, 6373, 6383, 6401, 6415, 6434, 6474, 6528, 6551, 6559, 6643, 6701, 6706, 6735, 6760, 6762 replaced by GC

6447, 6588, 6590, 6600, 6627 replaced by GC (steel underframe)

1934

6384 written off

139, 6347, 6380, 6394, 6429, 6437, 6445, 6460, 6467, 6477, 6503, 6510, 6561, 6596, 6665, 6668, 6677, 6691, 6702, 6723, 6725, 6728, 6759, 6779 replaced by GC

6570 replaced by GC (steel underframe)

1935

62, 242, 259, 6370, 6376, 6378, 6406, 6407, 6440, 6444, 6468, 6470, 6508, 6516, 6554, 6555, 6565, 6567, 6577, 6584, 6592, 6599, 6629, 6653, 6672, 6675, 6736, 6764, 6772, 6777, 6778 replaced by GC

6350, 6379, 6424, 6485, 6514, 6550, 6645, 6683, 6715 replaced by GS

6739 written off

1936

6345, 6421, 6426, 6439, 6459, 6465, 6501, 6534, 6537, 6556, 6557, 6571, 6589, 6597, 6601, 6620, 6632, 6765, 6773 transferred to Harbours and Lights Dept. Hopetoun

6360, 6377, 6385, 6391, 6398, 6412, 6431, 6454, 6466, 6481, 6496, 6498, 6568, 6573, 6574, 6582, 6606, 6611, 6628, 6646, 6671, 6674, 6682, 6689, 6695, 6711, 6717, 6732, 6745, 6754, 6763, 6769 replaced by GC

6456, 6478, 6684, 6731, 6746, 6749 replaced by GS

1937

6351, 6402, 6418, 6425, 6473, 6540, 6579, 6594, 6630, 6637, 6638, 6651, 6656, 6661, 6666, 6699, 6710, 6713, 6729, 6750, 6755 replaced by GC

1938

154, 6346, 6348, 6400, 6428, 6461, 6502, 6507, 6509, 6547, 6549, 6614, 6644, 6655, 6667, 6690, 6756 replaced by GC

1939

6363, 6368, 6371, 6422, 6427, 6435, 6446, 6449, 6455, 6499, 6505, 6517, 6525, 6527, 6543, 6576, 6598, 6679, 6681, 6693, 6716, 6724, 6730, 6752, 6758 replaced by GC

1940

6448, 6490, 6591 replaced by GC

1942

6640 written off

1944

6457, 6483, 6506, 6553, 6642, 6692, 6784 written off

1945

6544 written off

1947

6353, 6396, 6450, 6472, 6487, 6488, 6566, 6569, 6586, 6633, 6639, 6669, 6687, 6694, 6726, 6782 written off

1948

6359, 6361, 6416, 6433, 6471, 6497, 6663, 6709, 6714, 6718, 6722 written off

1949

6354, 6357, 6386, 6405, 6423, 6476, 6494, 6518, 6539, 6546, 6572, 6595, 6603, 6660, 6670, 6700, 6712, 6751, 6770, 6781 written off

6390 to JETTY 690

1950

237, 6438, 6458, 6504, 6511, 6515, 6530, 6558, 6575, 6585, 6612, 6623, 6624, 6685, 6686, 6688, 6697, 6733, 6780 written off

6366, 6392, 6564 to JETTY 761, 764, 774 respectively

1951

6641, 6652 replaced by GC

6521, 6650, 6658, 6774 written off

1952

6369, 6443, 6493, 6587 replaced by GC

6356, 6404, 6520, 6522, 6532, 6533, 6583, 6609, 6649, 6703, 6705, 6766, 6775 written off

1953

6393, 6430, 6531, 6593 written off

6399 missing at stock take

1954

257, 6372, 6388, 6408, 6451, 6608, 6618, 6678, 6743 written off

1955

447, 6480 written off

1956

6538, 6616, 6727 written off

1957

6512 written off

1958

6452 written off

1959

6441, 6581 written off

1960

6469, 6708 written off

1961

6747 written off

6636 converted to DW

1962

6410, 6523 written off

1963

6479 written off

1965

6563 written off

1966

6395 written off

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