XB and XBC Class bauxite hoppers

XB class wagon on exhibition at Geraldton when new.

The W.A.G.R.'s first modern bogie hoppers and the first wagon made out of welded aluminium appeared in 1963 as class XB. Twenty-four were built (21000-21024) followed by a further four in 1967 (21025-21028). The whole class was converted to XBC standard in 1969. In 1996 twenty-two wagons were sold to New Zealand (21001-21008, 21010, 21012, 21014, 21016-21022, 21024-21027) leaving 6 wagons (21009, 21011, 21013, 21015, 21023, 21028) in WA.

An XBC in later life.

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