G Class GSR type high-sided wagons (class IW 1898-1900 possibly GSR class H)

In 1898 the W.A.G.R. took over the stock of the Great Southern Railway. Many of the G.S.R. wagons were built on a standard 14'-0" long underframe, as were these high-sided wagons.

They were unique in having gable ends and ridgepoles although in many cases the ridgepoles were removed. The same design were also used by the M.R.W.A. as their class A. The original GSR numbers and the class letter of this group are not known.

It is believed that the original W.A.G.R. number sequence for these wagons was 4201-4240 and 4266-4315. In the 1900 renumbering 4229 was listed as a J class tanker and 4232 is missing. Number 4276 was rebuilt into an F class louvre van at about the same time (1900/01). Before 1906 number 4236 was also out of service.

Chidlow's Well station, just before 1900. The ex GSR wagons have WAGR numbers (from 1896) but not the post 1900 classes (class I in the photo not G). (Photo W.A.G.R. official from the ARHS collection)

It is known that in 1910 the following wagons retained their ridgepoles: 4201/4-9,4211/8/9, 4221/2/4-7, 4231/7-9, 4240, 4266, 4270/2/4, 4277-4284, 4286/8, 4290-2/4-9, 4305/8.  G4272, loaded with coal, was burnt out at Jessops Well on 20 December 1916 but seems to have survived until 1951.  It may have been either replaced or repaired.  The demise of the remaining wagons in this group seems to have been as follows:

1920

4233 replaced by GC

1924

4211 replaced by GC

1925

4270 replaced by GC

1929

4238, 4284 replaced by GC

1930

4209, 4225, 4266, 4290 to JETTY 62, 40, 60, 59.   G4295 to JETTY wagon possibly 63 

1934

4288, 4293 written off

1935

4226, 4307 written off

 4267, 4298, 4301 to JETTY 399, 397, 398 

1937

4206, 4221 written off

4303, 4304 to JETTY 548, 550

1939

4217, 4227, 4309 to JETTY 330-332 but note that Jetty stock dates of the last two are 1952 and 1953 whilst the other is unknown.

1942

4222, 4268,  4297 written off

4237, 4275 to Commonwealth Railways

4233, 4289, 4305, 4308, 4310 to JETTY stock 581, 101, 441, 558, 498. Listed as written off in 1942 but JETTY stock dates are 1940, 1941, ?, 1940, 1939

1943

4300 written off

1944

4274, 4311 to JETTY 613, 115  

1946

4203, 4302, 4315 to JETTY 163, 63 or 64, 87 respectively 

1947

4202 to JETTY 85

4314 written off

1948

4219, 4287 written off

4214 to JETTY 665

1949

4228 written off

4215, 4234  to JETTY 737, 745

1950

4205, 4279, 4296, 4312 written off

4279, 4296 to JETTY 772, 767

1951

4213, 4269, 4272, 4273 written off

4208 to JETTY 861

4292 to Albany Harbour Board

1952

4212, 4280, 4294 written off 4201, 4285 to class N

1953

4210, 4235, 4278, 4281, 4306 written off

4277, 4282, 4291, 4299 to JETTY 56, 343, 28, 65 

1954

4231, 4271 written off

1955

4207 written off

1957

4224, 4283 written off

1958

4238, 4240 written off

1959

4220 written off

1960

4218 to JETTY 271

1963

4204 written off

1966

4216 written off

1970

4286 written off

 
 

I find it hard to believe that one of these wagons lasted until 1970 and I am a bit dubious about the other late survivors but that is what the record cards suggest!

The late survivors could possibly be standard N.Z.R. type G's which had somehow acquired numbers in this series. This is possible because of the sale and repurchase of wagons to contractors.

 
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