M.R.W.A. Class AC open wagons.

WAGR GER and MRWA AC

In about 1911 the M.R.W.A. acquired a new group of open wagons, which were identical to the W.A.G.R. GC class. They were numbered AC80-179. Unlike nearly all other M.R.W.A. wagons they had wooden underframes. Further wagons (319-325, 332-349) were acquired in 1913 with a final group (361-385) was built by Collins in 1914. For some reason this last group were later listed as class A after renumbering as 295-318 in 1932. In 1932 AC80-179, 319-325 and 332-349 were also renumbered AC101-224.

 

AC class showing the two alternative types of crown plates fitted to the solebars.

There must have been some difference between A295-318 and the rest of the group which I am unaware of (unless they really were new A wagons delivered as late as 1914 and accidentally listed as AC at first) because they were all written off before the W.A.G.R. takeover in 1964. They were rated at 10 tons rather than the 9 tons listed for the rest of the AC class and this may have had something to do with it. Their demise occurred as follows

1956 298,299, 309, 313, 315 written off
1959 304, 306, 307, 311, 312 written off
1961-2 297, 301, 303, 305, 308, 310, 314, 316, 317 written off
1963 302, 318 written off
1965 295, 296 written off

300 to JETTY 272

Between 1950 and 1953 forty W.A.G.R. GC class wagons were loaned to the M.R.W.A. as AC1003-1011, 1031-1061. In 1953 all forty became M.R.W.A. stock and their new Midland and old W.A.G.R. numbers are listed below:

1953

AC71-100 ex W.A.G.R. GC8087, 9023, 1902, 9322, 8784, 7763, 7707, 973, 7075, 10373, 9820, 7666, 6554, 8506, 8440, 10541, 8311, 8097, 9018, 602, 8300, 8607, 8312, 9081, 8893, 8376, 9454, 10024, 8768, 8945

AC225-234 ex W.A.G.R. GC7640, 7398, 9976, 1071, 9677, 8324, 8597, 7632, 10432, 10315

Unfortunately I don't know which wagons carried which temporary numbers. The whole class was then taken into W.A.G.R. stock as standard GC class wagons in 1964-5 as follows although none of the previously sold wagons regained their original W.A.G.R. numbers.

1964AC71-93, 95-103, 105-120, 122-128, 140-160, 162-165, 167-169, 170-173, 175-194, 196,197, 199-205, 207-213, 215-220, 222-227, 229-234 to GC40101-123, 40125-40133, 40135-40150, 40152-40158, 40160-40166, 40168-40190, 40192-40195, 40177-40203, 40205-40224, 40226,40227, 40229-0235, 40237-40243, 40245-40250, 40252-40257, 40259-40264
196594, 104, 121, 129, 137, 161, 166, 174, 195, 198, 206, 214, 221, 228 to W.A.G.R. GC 40124, 40134, 40151, 40159, 40167, 40191, 40196, 40204, 40215, 40218, 40236, 40244, 40251, 40258

40103, 40141, 40191, 40208 written off

196640108, 40126, 40151, 40186, 40200, 40204, 40210, 40211, 40247, 40253 written off
196740104, 40109, 40113, 40116, 40121, 40124, 40128, 40138, 40140, 40159, 40161, 40162, 40173, 40183, 40192, 40195, 40196, 40197, 40198, 40199, 40205, 40220, 40223, 40224, 40242, 40250, 40254, 40256, 40257, 40262 written off

40130 to JETTY 333

196840110, 40120, 40122, 40127, 40129, 40131, 40132, 40142, 40143, 40146, 40160, 40166, 40170, 40178, 40179, 40184, 40188, 40190, 40201, 40215, 40230, 40232, 40233, 40238, 40239, 40240, 40248, 40249, 40252, 40259, 40261 written off
196940163, 40219, 40264 written off
197040107, 40111, 40112, 40114, 40134, 40135, 40137, 40144, 40147, 40150, 40155, 40157, 40158, 40167, 40171, 40172, 40177, 40180, 40182, 40185, 40187, 40189, 40221, 40245, 40258 written off
197140102, 40156, 40176, 40193, 40212, 40235, 40241 written off
197240119, 40123, 40153, 40154, 40165, 40169, 40181, 40194, 40203, 40206, 40207, 40209, 40222, 40226, 40228, 40231, 40234, 40244, 40255 written off
197340101, 40105, 40125, 40149, 40152, 40164, 40202, 40213, 40214, 40216, 40218, 40243, 40251written off
197440148 written off

40246 labelled "Bitumen traffic only"

197540118, 40133, 40174, 40175, 40217 written off
197640227, 40246 written off
197740145 written off
197940106, 40115, 40117, 40136, 40139, 40168, 40225, 40229, 40236, 40237, 40260, 40263 written off

The final survivors were amongst the last wooden framed wagons running in Western Australia when written off in 1979.

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