GC Class Steel-framed high-sided goods wagons

The original GC class open wagons built from 1907 onwards had a wooden underframe. By the late twenties some of the earliest wagons were becoming life expired and so in 1930 GC 7353 was rebuilt with a steel underframe. It retained the 9'-0" wheelbase of the wooden framed wagons and remained a one-off until withdrawn in 1979.

In 1931-1934 one hundred GC class wagons with a 9-'6" wheelbase were built to replace older GB and GC class wagons. One additional wagon (GC196) was built in 1932, which also had a steel floor and steel doors and effectively formed the prototype for the GS class built from 1935.

The steel-underframed GC's were built as follows:

1930

7353 (9' wheelbase) ex GC
1931 6389, 6744 replacement for GB

361, 6906, 6932, 7041, 7267, 7352, 7424, 7790, 8064, 8131, 8420, 8553, 8588, 8630, 8847, 9113, 9135, 9501, 9593, 9657, 9833, 9987 replacement for GC wooden underframe

1932 6364, 6409, 6411, 6719, 6753 replacement for GB

204, 336, 433, 442, 568, 2081, 7070, 7081, 7141, 7181, 7249, 7313, 7344/6, 7421, 7442, 7967, 8042, 8492, 8583, 8948, 9075, 9180, 9197, 9465, 9539, 9541, 9621, 9631, 9648, 9797, 9811, 9825, 9878 replacement for GC wooden underframe

196 (steel deck and doors) replacement for GC wooden underframe

1933 6447, 6588, 6590, 6600, 6627 replacement for GB

9114, 9258 replacement for GC wooden underframe

1934 6570 replacement for GB

329, 2084, 7155, 7350, 7555, 8002, 8096, 8336, 8487, 8508, 8525, 8765, 8994, 9006, 9100, 9140, 9156, 9167, 9202, 9262, 9286, 9296, 9320, 9573, 9644, 9787, 9854, 9889, 9896 replacement for GC wooden underframe

They were withdrawn from stock over a longer period of time and although they outlasted the majority of the wooden framed wagons the final group were withdrawn in the same year (1979) as the last of the wooden framed wagons.

 
1947 6447 written off
1952 336 written off
1954 9156 converted to class J
1955 336 written back
1956 6744 written off
1962 8492 written off
1965 7155 written off
1966 9593, 9631 written off
1968 8131 written off
1972 329, 6570, 6588, 7141, 7350, 8553, 9286, 9465, 9854, 9878 written off
1973 361, 442, 2081, 6590, 7041, 7070, 7346, 7421, 7790, 8336, 8487, 8765, 9006, 9114, 9167, 9180, 9296, 9539, 9621, 9811, 9833, 9889, 9896 written off
1974 6753, 7313, 8420, 9501, 9541, 9657, 9787 written off
1975 2084, 7267, 7442, 8064, 8096, 8847, 9573 written off
1976 568, 6719, 8994, 9797 written off
1977 6411, 6906 written off
1978 204, 9262 written off
1979 196 (steel floor), 336, 433, 6364, 6389, 6409, 6600, 6627, 6932, 7081, 7181, 7249, 7344, 7352, 7353(9'-0"), 7424, 7555, 7967, 8002, 8042, 8508, 8525, 8583/8, 8630, 8948, 9075, 9100, 9113, 9135, 9140, 9197, 9202, 9258, 9320, 9644/8, 9825, 9987 written off

From 1974 the following wagons were labelled "Bitumen Traffic Only":

433, 568, 6364, 6411, 7249, 7267, 7353(9'-0"), 7442, 8002, 8525, 8630, 8847, 9135, 9140, 9202, 9320, 9541, 9644, 9987

 

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