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W.A.G.R. Standard Gauge Wagons

Introduction

In the early 1980s when I was collecting wagon information I didn't pay much attention to the standard gauge fleet. It was mostly new and the Narrow Gauge stock was disappearing fast and had my priority for both time and film. Unlike the narrow gauge stock I didn't take photos of them or go through the record cards. It was still all fairly new and seemed as though there was no hurry. When I came to build my website I had almost no information on the Standard gauge wagons and no access to any of the records. Unbelievably, in 2014 the old W.A.G.R. record cards were rescued from oblivion and with access to scans of these pages it has been possible to finally attempt to do the W.A.G.R. standard gauge wagon stock some justice. In a sense the standard gauge stock has a more complex history than the narrow gauge wagons because of the reclassifications brought about by the partial adoption of the ROA system of classification from 1979. This makes it difficult to use the same layout as the narrow gauge pages as the change of ROA standards only applied to the wagons on interstate traffic and local codes were still used.

From 1979 WAGR started to reclassify wagons used on interstate traffic under the ROA system.

ROA lettering principles.

1st letter = State W =WA
2nd letter = B=van, E=conflat for refrigerated containers, F= non container flat, H=hopper, K=steel wagon, L=louvred van, M= motor car wagon, O = open, P = hopper (pneumatic discharge), Q=container flat, S=livestock wagon, T=tanker, V=brake van, W=well wagon, Z=departmental.
3rd letter = Sequence letter
4th letter = A=Less than normal speed, F=normal speeds no bogie exchange, H=max gross weight 84t L=restricted bogie exchange, P= passenger bogies 110kph, W=low level bogies, X=bogie exchange, Y =pass services but not bogie exchange.
Hence for example WF to WFDY, WFX to WQCX, WVX to WBAX.

Anyway, here is the standard gauge equivalent of the narrow gauge Alphabet soup. As before Green links have no photos of that class.

Inspection Car

WAL

Brake vans

WBA, WBC, WBD, WBDY, WBE, WBF

WBEF Filter van conversion , WBES Stores Van conversion

Flat wagons

WF, WFA, WFAP , WFBY, WFCS, WFCX, WFDF , WFDY, WFEX, WFL, WFM , WFN, WFP, WFS, WFSY, WFW, WFX

WQA, WQBX, WQC, WQCW, WQCX, WQCY, WQD, WQDF, WQEF, WQH, WQK, WQN, WQO, WQTY, WQX

RFDF, RQHX

WFQF (post WAGR code?)

Open Goods wagons

WG, WGG, WGL, WGLA, WGN, WGS, WOAS (ex WOAX), WOAX, WODX, WOO, WOSF, WOSX, WGX

RKVX, RKZX, ROAX

Ballast Hoppers

WSH, WSJ, WSK  WSM

WHA, WHS

Tankers

WJD , WJE , WJF , WJG , WJH , WJJ , WJK , WJL , WJM , WJN , WJP , WJPA , WJPB , WJQ , WJR , WJT , WJU

WST

WTAF, WTBF , WTEF

Cement Tankers and wagons

WK, WNC

Salt Hoppers

WL - (former XNA) wagons

Motor Car Carriers

WMA, WMB, WMGF, WMGY , WMFX, WMX

WFAP

RMWY, RMGY

WN - Nickel Ore Wagons

WN, WNA, WNB

WGL, WGLA

Iron Ore wagons

WO, WOA , WOAS (ex WOA), WOB, WOC, WOD, WOE, WOG , WOS

WFW

Service Wagons

WSA Breakdown Flat

WSB Breakdown van

WSC Breakdown Crew Van

WSD

WSE Flat Top

WSF Flat wagons later Rail Winch Wagon

WSG

WSH Ballast Hoppers

WSJ 4 Wheel Ballast Hopper

WSK Ballast Hopper

WSL

WSM  Ballast Hopper

WSN

WSO Rail Guide Wagon

WSP Ballast Plough

WSP Sand and waste liquid wagon

WSQ Rail Carrier wagon

WSR

WSS Rail anchor wagon

WST Fuel Tanker

WSV Covered van

WSW Workmen's van

WBEF Filter van

WBES Stores Van

WFSY

Covered Goods Van

WBAX , WBAZ , WBNX, WBWX, WV, WVB, WVL , WVP, WVX

RBAX, RBPX

Bulk Wheat Hoppers

WW, WWA, WXW, WXG

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