LA Class Ballast Hopper

In 1931 a group of ten ballast hoppers were taken over from the PWD (PWD number 79-88). These wagons had been built for the PWd by the State Implement and Engineering works at Fremantle. They were of a more modern design and higher capacity than the existing L class wagons and so were given a new classification (LA). A superb picture of LA593 can be found in the Weston Langford collection here.

1931

233, 262, 406, 426, 471, 587, 593, 599, 600, 604 ex PWD 79-88 in that order.

1964

233, 406, 593, 600 fitted with extension boards

1965

262, 599, 604 fitted with extension boards

1966

471, 587 fitted with extension boards

1968

262, 471 written off

1969

599 written off

1970

587 written off

1971

406 written off

1977

426, 593, 600, 604 written off

1983

233 written off. Preserved Hotham Valley railway.

The ten 1931 wagons formed the basis for a new postwar ballast hopper to replace the old, life expired L class wagons. There were detail differences between the two groups as might be expected given the passage of time. The new wagons having a deeper underframe and being noticeably taller. A total of 155 of these new wagons were built between 1955 and 1960.

From 1963 extension boards were fitted to both these and the ten older wagons and a 25mph (later 40kph) speed limit imposed when loaded.

1955

23701 - 23750 built

1957

23751 - 23800 built

1958

23801-6 built

1959

23807-23825 built

1960

23826 - 23855 built

1963

23701, 23702, 23703, 23707, 23708, 23710, 23711, 23712, 23713, 23715, 23716, 23718, 23719, 23722, 23723, 23724, 23725, 23726, 23728, 23729, 23730, 23731, 23732, 23733, 23734, 23739, 23740, 23742, 23743, 23744, 23745, 23746, 23747, 23748, 23749, 23750, 23752, 23753, 23755, 23756, 23758, 23759, 23760, 23761, 23762, 23763, 23765, 23766, 23767, 23768, 23769, 23770, 23771, 23773, 23774, 23775, 23776, 23777, 23778, 23779, 23781, 23782, 23784, 23786, 23787, 23789, 23790, 23791, 23795, 23796, 23797, 23798, 23799, 23800, 23801, 23802, 23803, 23804, 23806, 23807, 23808, 23810, 23811, 23812, 23813, 23814, 23816, 23818, 23819, 23820, 23822, 23823, 23824, 23825, 23827, 23828, 23829, 23830, 23831, 23832, 23834, 23835, 23836, 23837, 23839, 23840, 23841, 23842, 23843, 23844, 23846, 23848, 23849, 23850, 23851, 23855 fitted with extension boards

1964

23706, 23717, 23720, 23721, 23727, 23735, 23736, 23737, 23738, 23741, 23754, 23764, 23772, 23783, 23788, 23792, 23793, 23794, 23817, 23821, 23826, 23845, 23847, 23852, 23853, 23854 fitted with extension boards

23704, 23714, 23785, 23833 written off

1965

23705, 23709, 23751, 23757, 23780, 23805, 23809, 23815, 23838 fitted with extension boards

23753 written off

1970

 23722, 23796 written off

1971

 23726, 23756, 23793, 23806 written off

1978

 23830 written off

1980

 23746, 23802 written off

1981

 23825 written off

1985

23701, 23702, 23718, 23720, 23729, 23734, 23736, 23737, 23744, 23745, 23749, 23757, 23775, 23777, 23778, 23779, 23782, 23788, 23789, 23790, 23792, 23794, 23797, 23800, 23808, 23810, 23819, 23821, 23826, 23827, 23832, 23838, 23840, 23844, 23845, 23849 written off

1986

 23709, 23760, 23762, 23786, 23801, 23812, 23817, 23834 written off

1987

 23770 written off

1988

 23783 written off

1989

 23843 written off

1990

 23706, 23780, 23799, 23811 written off

1992

23733, 23707, 23787 written off

A further group of wagons classified as LA were the MRWA O class wagons which were put in class LA in 1964 until it was realised that they were much more comparable to the older L class wagons. By 1966 they had all been re-classified as L.

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