Class M before 1900 (would have been class I after 1900) 

The New Zealand Railways M class wagons imported from 1891-1896. These wagons were 2 planks high with a composite 15'-0" underframe. These became WAGR class T and were the forerunners of all of the NZR type wagons to run in WA. The couplings were changed on other all W.A.G.R. rolling stock to match this type which were the first wagons in WA to use the Norwegian "chopper" type coupling. They were indistinguishable from the standard JW (later H) class.  Soon after their arrival some of these wagons were converted to M class Timber Trucks (the usual W.A.G.R. term for flat wagons with a single bolster).  A wagon list from 1897 shown below identifies 37 of these. By 1898 number 347 was missing from the list.  In 1900 two more odd Timber Trucks appear which may have been on this chassis. These were 2072 and 2075.  Wagons 332, 338 and 345 seem to have been class N briefly before becoming class G in1900 so they may have been reclassified in error or had either no bolster or 2 bolsters.  What I know of these wagons is summarised in the table below.  It isn't much.

 

1897

284, 285, 286, 288, 293, 296, 304, 305, 307, 317, 318, 322, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329, 332, 333, 334, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 344, 345, 347, 375, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 387 from class T (later class H post 1900)

1898

347 written off?

18992072 ex ? 2075 ex?

By 1900

284, 285, 286, 293, 296, 304, 305, 322, 324, 326, 333, 334, 378, 379, 380, 382 to H

288, 317, 318, 327, 328, 329, 336, 337, 339, 344, 375, 377, 383, 387 written off

1900

307, 332 338, 340, 345, 381 to G

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