BAS-Class Ballast Wagon No. 615

Commonwealth Railways

Standard Gauge


Class operators                                                   Commonwealth Railways

Condition                                                             Good

Entered service                                                   11.3.1916

Entered the museum                                           6.3.2001.

Length (over coupling points)                             20’ 6’’

Load Weight                                                       50 tons

Number in class                                                  125

Ownership                                                          National Railway Museum

Provenance                                                        Commonwealth Railways

Tare Weight                                                        6 tons 15 cwt


One of 125 Ballast Wagons used on the standard gauge Trans-Australia railway of the Commonwealth Railways. In 1965 it was sold to BHP for use on its operation at Proper Bay, including the Coffin Bay tramway, near Port Lincoln South Australia.

Around 1999 it was sold as scrap to Lukins of Port Lincoln. Museum member Nic Doncaster saved it from being scrapped, in 2000, by purchasing it and donating it to the museum. It arrived on site on 6.3.2001.

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