K and KS class Steel open wagons

In 1927 a new class of all steel open wagon appeared in Western Australia. It was given the redundant K class code previously used for ballast wagons although why it was not given a code in the G class group is not clear. A total of 375 wagons of this type were constructed in 1927/8 numbered as follows: 1927 - 10161-10701, 1928 - 10702-10870, 10984-11103. A further 45 were built for the M.R.W.A. as P 420-429 (illustrated above).

In 1931/2 a total of 120 K class wagons were fitted with wooden extensions to the sides and tarpaulin rails for wheat traffic. They were then reclassified KW as follows:

1931

10619, 10645, 10653/9, 10660/6-9, 10678, 10681, 10691/3/7, 10707, 10714/7, 10722/5/8/9, 10744, 10755, 10764, 10755/8, 10781-3/6, 10802/4/5/7, 10811/2, 10832, 10859, 10861/6, 10991, 11007, 11016/7, 11021/3/6, 11034, 11043, 11061/2/4, 11070/2/5/6/8, 11082/6, 11090/2 to KW

1932

1018, 10620/1/5/9, 10633, 10648/9, 10656/7, 10671, 10684/5, 10692/4, 10704, 10718, 10732, 10747, 10758, 10760/7, 10770, 10780/4/8/9, 10795/7, 10815/7, 10820/5, 10837/9, 10841/4-7, 10851/6/7, 10870, 11010/2/4/5/8, 11020/9, 11048, 11063/5, 11073, 11084, 11091/7-9 to KW

In 1935 nine wagons (10683, 10702, 10739, 10740/6, 10821, 10862, 10985, 11042) were converted to carry two cement containers by removing the sides and ends. They became class KC. They were all reconverted to K class standard in 1941.

In 1936 K class wagons formed the basis for the JK class tankers. In this conversion the doors were plated over and a wooden roof fitted. This class existed for some time and conversions to and from JK are as listed below. In the early years the same wagons seem to have been involved each time and it may be that they ran as class K with sealed sides and no doors. From 1951 such wagons were classified KC (again) and used for coal traffic. Some wagons were converted from JK to KC rather than back to class K.

1936

10628, 10635, 10650, 10665, 10675, 10688, 10712/6, 10727, 10730/6, 10742/5, 10750, 10765, 10775/9, 10834, 10984, 10995, 11001/3, 11030/6/8, 11047, 11053/5/6/8, 11060/7, 11071/4, 11085, 11101 to JK

10628, 11036 ex JK

1937

10635, 10650, 10665, 10675, 10688, 10712/6, 10727, 10730/6, 10742/5, 10750, 10765, 10775/9, 10834, 10984, 10995, 11001/3, 11030/8, 11047, 11053/5/6/8, 11060/7, 11071/4, 11085, 11101 ex JK

1944

10628, 10635, 10650/8, 10661/5, 10675, 10688, 10716, 10721/3/7, 10730, 10742/5, 10750/9, 10761, 10772/5/6/9, 10814/8, 10834/5, 10850, 10868, 10984/8, 10993, 11001/3, 11025, 11030/6, 11041/7, 11053/5-8, 11060/7, 11071/4, 11085, 11093, 11101 to JK

1945

10628, 10635, 10650/8, 10661/5, 10675, 10688, 10716, 10721/3/7, 10730, 1072610750/9, 10761, 10772/5/6/9, 10814/8, 10834/5, 10850, 10868, 10984/8, 10993, 11001/3, 11025, 11030/6, 11041/7, 11053/5-8, 11060/7, 11071/4, 11085, 11093, 11101 ex JK

1948

10628, 10650, 10661/5, 10675, 10688, 10721/3/7, 10730, 10742/5, 10750/9, 10761, 10772/5/6/9, 10814/8, 10834/5, 10868, 10988, 10993/5, 11001/3, 11025, 11030/6/8, 11041, 11053/5-8, 11060/7, 11085, 11093, 11101 to JK

1949

10617, 10627, 10632/4/9, 10643, 10696, 10726, 10754, 10763, 10794, 10821/3, 10863/7, 10986, 11032/5, 11042/7/9, 11050/1, 11080/8, 11095 to JK

10617, 10627, 10632/4/9, 10643, 10650, 10661/5, 10675, 10688, 10696, 10726/7, 10742/5, 10750/4/9, 10761/3, 10772/5/9, 10794, 10814/8, 10823, 10835, 10863/7/8, 10986/8, 10995, 11001/3, 11032/5, 11041/2/9, 11051/3/5-8, 11060/7, 11080/5/8, 11083 ex JK

10617, 10626, 10635, 10675, 10716, 10733, 10745, 10761, 10772/5/9, 10794, 10814/8, 10823, 10838, 10850/8, 10863, 10995, 11001/3, 11041/2/9, 11053/6/7, 11060/7, 11071, 11088 to JK

1950

10616, 10624/7, 10630/1/4/8/9, 10641-4, 10650/2/4/5/8, 10663/5, 10672/9, 10683/8/9, 10695/6/9, 10701/3/8, 10710/1/3, 10726/7, 10734/5/8, 10740/2/3, 10750/2/4/6/7, 10762/3/6, 10771/4, 10785/7, 10791/6, 10800/1/3/9, 10813/6/9, 10822/7/8, 10835, 10840, 10853/5, 10867-9, 10894, 10985-8, 10994/7-9, 11000/2/5/6, 11022, 11032/3/5, 11044, 11051/2/5/8, 11068, 11074, 11080/1/5/9, 11093/6, 11102 to JK

1951

10616, 10624, 10639, 10641, 10654/5/8, 10675, 10683, 10696, 10708, 10723, 10730/3/5, 10742, 10754/9, 10761, 10771/6/9, 10785/7, 10794, 10809, 10818/9, 10821/3, 10834/8, 10840, 10855, 10868, 10988, 10995/8, 11000/1, 11033/5/8, 11041/2/4, 11050/1/7, 11060/8 ex JK

1954

10647, 10654, 10675, 10768, 10798, 10818, 11024, 11060/6, 11100 to JK

In 1937/8 twenty wagons were converted to carry lime sand and reclassified KL. The wagons involved were 10843(in 1937) and 10636, 10662, 10698, 10700, 10712, 10736, 10748, 10765, 10790, 10808, 10826, 10848, 10865, 10992, 11031/9, 11046, 11054, 11103 (in 1938). This conversion involved wooden side extensions and a ridgepole and was similar to the KW conversion. One of these wagons reverted to class K (number 10843 in 1961).

In 1938 a number of wagons were temporarily fitted with crate floors to carry lambs and reclassified KS. This process was repeated in 1939 and 1940. The wagons involved were:

1938

10617, 10622, 10640/3/4, 10679, 10699, 10705/9, 10710/3/9, 10721/3, 10734/7/8, 10741/2/5, 10766/9, 10776, 10816, 10831/4/6/8, 10850, 10989, 10997, 11006/9, 11013, 11024, 11032/7, 11041/5, 11051/7/9, 11060, 11074, 11080/9, 11093/6, 11100/1 to KS and back to K

1939

10622, 10631, 10640/6, 10651/2/4, 10664, 10672/3/5/7, 10680, 10708, 10719, 10726/7, 10730, 10741, 10750/6 10769, 10792, 10810/6, 10823, 10831/4, 10842, 10854/5, 10984/8/9, 10994, 11004/8, 11028, 11035, 11050/2/7-9, 11066, 11074, 11083/7/8, 11093 to KS

1940

10622, 10631, 10640/6, 10651/2/4, 10664, 10672/3/5/7, 10680, 10708, 10719, 10726/7, 10730, 10741, 10750/6 10769, 10792, 10810/6, 10823, 10831/4, 10842, 10854/5, 10984/8/9, 10994, 11004/8, 11028, 11035, 11050/2/7-9, 11066, 11074, 11083/7/8, 11093 KS to K

10635/7, 10641, 10663, 10679, 10708, 10715, 10726, 10742, 10769, 10773/5, 10793, 10801/6, 10833/6, 10842, 10869, 10986/7, 10995/8, 11036, 11047 to KS

1942

10635/7, 10641, 10663, 10679, 10708, 10715, 10726, 10742, 10769, 10773/5, 10793, 10801/6, 10833/6, 10842, 10869, 10986/7, 10995/8, 11036, 11047 KS to K

The remaining details for class K consist of wagons rebuilt from class KC and a slow withdrawal programme as follows:

 

1942

11081 to MRWA as their PA409.

1945

10836 written off

1948

11004 written off

1953

10833 written off

1958

10731 written off

1961

10627, 10663, 11030 ex KC

1962

10626, 10638, 10672, 10710, 10791, 10818, 10858, 11022, 11058, 11089 ex KC

1963

10688, 10734, 10756 ex KC

1964

11002, 11101 ex KC 10995, 11079 written off

1965

10798 ex KC

1966

10622, 10658, 10702, 10709, 10749, 10769, 10777, 10785, 10810, 10823, 10854, 11019, 11050, 11069   written off

10830, 10862 to JETTY 320, 324.  Two others to JETTY 318, 319 

1967

10739, 10753 written off

1968

w/o 11069 to JETTY 329

10998 written off

1969

10751/9, 10860, 11033 written off

1970

10640/6, 10676, 10683/8, 10690, 10706, 10715, 10730/4/5, 10746, 10754/6, 10773, 10799, 10809, 10821/4, 10849, 10864/8, 11000/1/2/8, 11045, 11077, 11087, 11101 written off

1971

10616, 10639, 10644, 10696, 10761, 10819, 10843, 10988, 11040, 11051, 11094 written off

1972

10673, 10686, 10723, 10842, 10996, 11009, 11013, 11057 written off

1973

10641, 10655, 10705, 10724, 10798 written off

1975

10638, 10663, 10677, 10680/7, 10710, 10787, 10794, 10806, 10814, 10829, 10839, 10990, 11041/2/4, 11058, 11083/9 written off

1976

10741, 10791, 10852, 11011, 11035, 11068 written off

1978

10637, 10661, 10733, 10776, 10831, 10840, written off

1979

10623/4/6/7, 10632, 10670/2/4, 10682, 10708, 10719, 10720, 10737, 10742, 10771/9, 10792/3, 10818, 10858, 11022/7, 11030/7/8, 11059 written off

 

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