WSJ class 4 wheeled Ballast Hoppers

In 1964 the WAGR acquired 50 Ballast hoppers from Commonwealth Railways. These had originally been built as BAS class hopper wagons by Westralia Ironworks and Gray Brothers for the CR in 1915/6.

1915

BAS 567, 568, 569, 572, 574, 575, 576, 579,581, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 594, 597, 599 built by Gray brothers.for CR

1916

BAS 508, 510, 511, 513, 515, 517, 519, 522, 523, 526, 527, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 538, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546, 548, 549, 550, 553, 558, 561, 562, 563,built by Westralia ironworks for CR

1964

BAS 508, 510, 511, 513, 515, 517, 519, 522, 523, 526, 527, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 538, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546, 548, 549, 550, 553, 558, 561, 562, 563, 567, 568, 569, 572, 574, 575, 576, 579,581, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 594, 597, 599 sold to WAGR as WSJ 30551-30600

The last wagon to come into service was 30570 which was the only one to come into service in 1965.

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They were intended for a 10 year life and within a very short time 3 of them had been written off. Disposals were as follows:

1965

30551, 30558, 30575 written off

1969 30585 written off
1974 30552, 30554-30557, 30559-30562, 30564-30572, 30574, 30576, 30577, 30580-30584, 30586, 30588-30591, 30593, 30594, 30596-30600 written off and sold by Commonwealth Govt.
1979 30573, 30592 written off
1984 30553, 30563, 30578, 30579, 30587, 30595 written off

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