SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS
63' CONTAINER WAGON
In 1969 the Victorian and South
Australian Railways commenced building a standard design 63’ container
wagon for both broad gauge and standard gauge work. The wagons differed
with the type of braking equipment and the storage of deck stanchions
however for loading purposes could be considered identical. They are
designed to carry 20’ and 40’ containers in various configurations.
The Victorian Railways built 435
wagons between 1969 and 1978 at both Newport and Bendigo Workshops, they
are numbered from 500 to 935. The South Australian Railways built 122
wagons between 1970 and 1975 at Islington Workshops, they are numbered 1
to 122. In the late 1970s some VR wagons were recoded FQF to restrict
the usage of the wagons to the broad gauge network.
Later the VR wagons migrated to
Freight Australia relatively intact, the SA wagons to National Rail
where upon they embarked on a tare weight reduction campaign and
partially skeletised the deck and coded the wagons RQTY.
Upon the sale of Freight Australia to
Pacific National some wagons went to QRN and were coded QQGY and are
used on their Brisbane–Melbourne service.