Class RCW & RCWA wooden bodied open wagons

In 1965 two hundred and one RCB class wagons were fitted with ridgepoles and the sides were extended by one plank in height. These wagons were reclassified RCW.

1965 24021, 24023, 24024, 24026, 24027, 24029, 24031, 24033, 24035, 24036, 24037, 24038, 24041, 24042, 24043, 24045, 24047, 24049, 24050, 24051, 24052, 24055, 24056, 24058, 24061, 24066, 24068, 24069, 24071, 24072, 24073, 24074, 24078, 24080, 24084, 24086, 24087, 24091, 24093, 24096, 24104, 24105, 24109, 24110, 24111, 24112, 24114, 24115, 24116, 24120, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24127, 24131, 24132, 24136, 24138, 24139, 24141, 24147, 24148, 24149, 24150, 24152, 24153, 24154, 24155, 24156, 24160, 24161, 24169, 24172, 24176, 24177, 24178, 24184, 24185, 24189, 24191, 24192, 24194, 24198, 24199, 24202, 24204, 24206, 24207, 24208, 24210, 24214, 24221, 24223, 24228, 24229, 24232, 24234, 24235, 24240, 24242, 24243, 24246, 24249, 24250, 24251, 24253, 24259, 24264, 24266, 24268, 24271, 24272, 24273, 24275, 24278, 24280, 24281, 24285, 24287, 24288, 24290, 24291, 24293, 24294, 24296, 24297, 24299, 24300, 24302, 24303, 24305, 24307, 24314, 24315, 24316, 24317, 24318, 24319, 24325, 24326, 24329, 24330, 24332, 24334, 24335, 24339, 24341, 24343, 24344, 24347, 24350, 24352, 24353, 24354, 24355, 24356, 24357, 24358, 24359, 24360, 24361, 24362, 24364, 24366, 24367, 24368, 24369, 24370, 24372, 24374, 24377, 24378, 24379, 24380, 24382, 24383, 24384, 24385, 24387, 24390, 24392, 24393, 24395, 24397, 24399, 24400, 24402, 24403, 24404, 24405, 24407, 24408, 24409, 24411, 24412, 24413, 24414, 24415, 24417, 24419 converted from RCB
1966 24251 written off
RCW 24232 was experimentally fitted with an "iron" roof in 1969 and 24409 got a sliding roof at about the same time. 24056 is noted as having "roof & hatch" whilst 24091 & 24372 are noted as fitted with "fibre glass roof hatch" Of these 24056 reverted to RCB in 1973, 24091 became an RCH in 1970, 24372 became an RCH in 1982 whilst 24409 eventually became an RCWA.

WAGR official photo of RCW 24232 with "iron" roof. (RHWA collection)

WAGR official photo of RCW 24409 with sliding roof. (RHWA collection)

In 1970/1 ninety wagons were fitted with fibreglass roofs and converted to class RCH. After 1987 all of the remaining wagons were converted to class RCWA in 1987/8. The RCWA's were written off in one go in November 1994.

1970 24035, 24036, 24037, 24049, 24052, 24074, 24091, 24111, 24120, 24125, 24139, 24149, 24152, 24156, 24177, 24178, 24184, 24192, 24194, 24204, 24206, 24210, 24221, 24234, 24243, 24246, 24253, 24264, 24275, 24287, 24290, 24297, 24305, 24315, 24330, 24335, 24341, 24352, 24358, 24366, 24379, 24380, 24382, 24393, 24395, 24399, 24404, 24407, 24411, 24413 converted to RCH
1971 24021, 24023, 24024, 24026, 24029, 24041, 24066, 24068, 24069, 24078, 24080, 24105, 24110, 24112, 24115, 24136, 24148, 24154, 24176, 24235, 24240, 24266, 24272, 24273, 24281, 24288, 24294, 24299, 24300, 24307, 24329, 24343, 24354, 24355, 24364, 24368, 24370, 24405, 24408, 24414 converted to RCH
1972 24374 to RCB
1973 24056 to RCB
1976 24027, 24207, 24317, 24392 written off
1979 24232 to RCH

24172, 24417 written off

1980 24153, 24377 to RCH
1981 24339 to RCH

24123 written off

1982 24372 written off
1987 24073, 24198, 24228, 24314, 24318, 24387 written off

24042, 24045, 24047, 24050, 24055, 24061, 24086, 24093, 24096, 24104, 24114, 24124, 24127, 24132, 24150, 24160, 24185, 24189, 24191, 24199, 24202, 24208, 24214, 24223, 24278, 24280, 24291, 24296, 24302, 24316, 24319, 24325, 24326, 24353, 24362, 24369, 24378, 24383, 24385, 24390, 24409, 24415, 24419 converted to RCWA

1988

24031, 24038, 24051, 24058, 24071, 24109, 24116, 24126, 24138, 24141, 24147, 24169, 24242, 24249, 24250, 24259, 24268, 24271, 24285, 24293, 24332, 24334, 24344, 24350, 24356, 24359, 24360, 24361, 24384, 24397, 24400, 24402, 24403, 24412 converted to RCWA

RCWA 24086 written off

24198, 24228, 24318 ex written off RCW to QD

1990

RCW 24326 written off

RCWA 24086 written back 

Unknown 24033, 24072, 24084, 24087, 24131, 24155, 24161, 24229, 24303, 24347, 24357, 24367 to RCWA at Forrestfield unknown date but I'm guessing 1987-8.
1994 All RCWA written off

The WAGR outline diagram for the RCW is shown below.

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