US built RA class open wagons

The RA class was built in two groups. Two hundred and fifty wagons were built by Oldbury Carriage and Wagon Co in the Britain whilst 60 wagons were built by Duluth Smith McMillan & Co in America. The American wagons were numbered 6210-6269 and were all delivered in 1903. Unlike the British built wagons they used diamond frame bogies. The earliest casualties were 6227 and 6267 written off in 1942. However, there were also some conversions in 1942 as nine wagons had their bodies removed to form class RAA. They were reconverted later in the war. The conversions were as follows:

1942

 6213/9, 6224/5, 6232/7, 6240, 6265/9 to RAA

1944

 6213/9, 6224/5, 6232/7, 6240, 6269 from RAA

1945

 6265 from RAA

 I don't know if any of this group were involved in the re-bodying programme of the 1950's but I doubt it. Withdrawal of this class occurred as follows:

1947

 6217,  6235, 6243, 6268 written off

6219 to JETTY 50

1948

 6228 written off (JETTY 452 since 1935 but this may be an error in the list!)

1949

 6221 written off

6214, 6236, 6258 to JETTY 713, 706, 686

1950

 6215, 6246 to JETTY 781, 832

1951

 6239, 6246 written off

1952

 6249 written off as missing

1953

 6263 written off

1955

 6210/2/3/6/8, 6220/2/3/5, 6237, 6244/5, 6250/1/3/4/6/7/9, 6161/4/5/9 written off

6211, 6238, 6240, 6241, 6262 to JETTY 102, 104, 97, 108, 103

1956

 6226, 6230 written off

1957

6248 to JETTY 166

1958

6229, 6231, 6233, 6242, 6247 written off
1959 w/o 6233 to JETTY 243

1960

6252 written off

1961

6224 written off

1962

6234 written off

1965

6232 written off

1971

6260 written off

1972

6255 to JETTY 38

1974

6266 written off

In addition during 1953 the bodywork was temporarily removed from 6210, 6220/5, 6230/1/8, 6244/5.

 

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