Y-class 4-wheel Open wagon (drop-sides) Nos. 5017 (restored as CR NGAS 373) and 5019

South Australian Railways & Commonwealth Railways

Narrow Gauge


Class operators: South Australian Railways, Commonwealth Railways

Condition: Excellent

Entered service: November 1912

Entered the museum: 11th November 1988

Length (over coupling points): 17’ 9’’

Load Weight: 12 tons

Ownership: Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Provenance: South Australian Railways

Tare Weight: 5 tons 5 cwt

Withdrawn: 1988


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’’ 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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