M.R.W.A. Class D and DX Bogie sheep trucks. Never taken into W.A.G.R. stock

A pair of MRWA DX class sheep trucks. The nearer of the two appears to be DX674. Photo Alan Hamilton courtesy of Joe Moir.

In about 1902 the M.R.W.A. acquired 12 bogie sheep trucks. These were numbered 11D- 22D. Another five (23D-27D) appeared by 1910. In 1912 the whole group were renumbered 216-232. The following year a final batch of five (314-318) were built.

At some point between 1929 and 1932 the whole group were renumbered indiscriminately into a new series as D654-675. Known examples are 654 (ex219), 655 (ex 316 and 656 (ex 216). These numbers followed on from a batch of three wagons 651-653 constructed in 1929. Finally in 1933 the last wagon, D676, was added to give a total of twenty-six. From 1936 conversion to the new DX standard started. Withdrawal followed from 1961.

1936 D654 to DX
1950 D655 to DX
1951 D660 to DX
1954 D653, 669 to DX
1961 D657, 658 written off

D656, 667, 668, 673, 676 stowed

1963 D651, 652, 656, 661-668, 670-2, 676 written off
1964/5 DX653-6, 660, 669 written off
1965 D659, 673-5 converted to Jetty wagons 309, 305, 223 and 222
 

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