KA class open wagons

In 1939 the first of a new class of open wagons entered service. They were similar in design concept to the GS class built from 1935 but with a much larger volume as these new wagons were 18'-0" long with 4'-0" high sides. The relationship between these types was akin to that between the G and GA.

It is unclear why this class was put in the "K" group rather than the "G" group especially as many of the "G" codes were never used.

A total of one hundred and fourteen were built as follows:

1939 2010, 2026, 2350, 2356, 2361, 2363, 2368, 2370, 2399, 2432, 2436, 2451, 2489, 2493, 2502, 2505, 2506, 2512, 2514, 2516, 2526, 2528, 2533, 2542, 2546, 2569, 2589 built W.A.G.R.
1940 1517, 2591, 2603, 2616, 2625, 2629, 2649, 2659, 2677, 2687, 2732, 2740, 2749, 2753, 2760, 2809, 2822, 3025, 3027, 3032, 3077, 3082, 3084, 3089, 3145, 3157, 3161, 3662, 3669 built W.A.G.R.
1941 3670, 3682, 3692, 3698, 3719, 3726, 3731, 3738, 3750, 3758, 3806, 3807, 3822, 3835, 3863, 3869, 3921, 4137, 4139, 4178, 4179, 4180, 4199, 4217, 4221, 4225, 4227, 4303, 4304, 4309, 4320, 4438, 4519, 4521, 4523, 4525, 4526, 4528, 4534, 4552, 4553, 4554, 4597, 4920, 5158, 5808, 5837, 6734, 6840, 6861, 7086, 7252, 7591, 7951, 8697, 9177, 9181, 9257 built W.A.G.R.
 
KA 9257, 8697 and 9181 when brand new.

These wagons must have been successful as the class remained intact until 1972 when writing off started. They were disposed of as follows:

1972 2526, 3806, 4137 written off
1973 2512, 3084, 3807, 4525, 9257 written off
1976 2569, 2740, 3758, 4221, 4309, 4521, 4528 written off
1977 2760, 3032, 9177 written off
1978 3726, 3921 written off
1979 2505, 2677, 3698, 3863, 4438 written off
1981 4217 written off
1983 2350, 3089, 3692, 3869, 4554 written off
1984 2546 written off
1985 3682, 3822, 4179, 4597 written off
1986 2010, 2363, 2432, 2489, 2506, 2516, 2591, 2603, 2616, 2753, 2822, 3025, 3082, 3161, 3835, 4139, 4199, 4534, 4920, 7951 written off
1987 2026, 2370, 2749, 4180, 4227, 4552, 7591 written off
1989 2361, 2436, 2528, 2542, 3077, 3145, 3157, 3669, 3731, 4178, 4304, 4519, 4553, 5158, 5837, 6734, 6861 written off
1990 1517, 2356, 2368, 2399, 2451, 2493, 2502, 2514, 2533, 2589, 2625, 2629, 2649, 2659, 2687, 2732, 2809, 3027, 3662, 3670, 3719, 3738, 3750, 4225, 4303, 4320, 4526, 5808, 6840, 7086, 7252, 8697, 9181 written off

The success of the KA class must have influenced the choice of a new 18'-0" chassis as the post-war standard. It is therefore even more surprising to find that in 1959 production of the KA class was restarted after a gap of eighteen years! The two hundred new wagons (19101-19159 built 1959, 19160-19300 built 1960) differed slightly from the originals in that they were fitted with end doors. It is unclear why they were built given the availability of the GM class design of similar size.

Cane support brackets were fitted to the class from 1963. They were disposed of as follows:

1970 19134, 19231, 19272 written off
1973 19135 converted to class JGS

19208 written off

1976 19103, 19130, 19133, 19177, 19187, 19206, 19225, 19233, 19238, 19252 written off
1978 19212, 19230, 19297 written off
1979 19151, 19162, 19256 written off
1980 19293 written off
1981 19133 written back
1982 19178 written off
1983 19159, 19164, 19180, 19185 written off
1985 19120, 19149, 19184 written off
1986 19105, 19111, 19114, 19116, 19118, 19119, 19123, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19158, 19167, 19194, 19211, 19214, 19215, 19243, 19248, 19255, 19257, 19270, 19273, 19282, 19284, 19287 written off
1987 19106, 19107, 19117, 19122, 19144, 19148, 19161, 19173, 19199, 19222, 19227, 19229, 19236, 19240, 19259, 19268, 19277, 19299, 19300 written off
1989 19108, 19109, 19110, 19112, 19124, 19126, 19128, 19129, 19137, 19138, 19139, 19141, 19142, 19147, 19160, 19168, 19176, 19182, 19189, 19191, 19196, 19198, 19204, 19216, 19217, 19220, 19221, 19223, 19239, 19244, 19245, 19247, 19251, 19253, 19254, 19258, 19260, 19274, 19276, 19278, 19281, 19283, 19289, 19290, 19296 written off
1990 19101, 19102, 19104, 19113, 19115, 19121, 19125, 19127, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19136, 19140, 19143, 19145, 19146, 19150, 19152, 19156, 19157, 19163, 19165, 19166, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19174, 19175, 19179, 19181, 19183, 19186, 19188, 19190, 19192, 19193, 19195, 19197, 19200, 19201, 19202, 19203, 19205, 19207, 19209, 19210, 19213, 19218, 19219, 19224, 19226, 19228, 19232, 19234, 19235, 19237, 19241, 19242, 19246, 19249, 19250, 19261, 19263, 19264, 19265, 19266, 19267, 19269, 19271, 19275, 19279, 19280, 19285, 19286, 19288, 19291, 19292, 19294, 19295, 19298 written off
19262 unaccounted for. Probably written off 1990.

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