Y-class 4-wheel Open wagon (drop-sides) No. 5019

South Australian Railways

Narrow Gauge

 

Class operators                                                   South Australian Railways

Entered service                                                   November 1912

Condition                                                             Excellent

Entered the museum                                           24th July 1986

Length (over coupling points)                            17’ 9’’ (5.41m)

Load Weight                                                       12 tons (12,000kg)

Ownership                                                          National Railway Museum

Provenance                                                        South Australian Railways

Tare Weight                                                        5 tons 5 cwt (5254kg)

Withdrawn                                                          1986

 

General freight was carried over the narrow-gauge rails of the South Australian Railways in large numbers of small 4-wheel wooden open wagons. Wagons 5017 and 5019 belong to this type and were built at the Islington Workshops in November 1912.

Known as the Y-class these wagons were the final development of this type of wagon on the 3’ 6’’ (narrow) gauge. Built for the Northern System, later the Peterborough Division, they were finally isolated on the Gladstone - Wilmington line with the opening of the standard-gauge line between Port Pirie and Broken Hill in January 1970.

5019 was placed in the Mile End Railway Museum on 24th July 1986, but 5017 came under Australian National ownership on 1st March 1978 and was not obtained by the Museum until 1988.

They were sent to the museum on 5th June 1987 and 11th November 1988 respectively.

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