SAR SO / SOC Concentrate Wagon
the opening of a Standard Gauge rail link between Broken Hill
and Port Pirie in 1970 the South Australian Railways required a
fleet of suitable open wagons for carrying ore concentrates
between these two locations.
In 1971 an additional 250 wagons coded SO were placed in traffic, these were numbered between SO 101 – 254. These were built new at Islington Workshops in 1971 and were also finished in SAR wagon yellow.
In 1971 the Commonwealth Railways built 20 similar designed wagons coded GQ and numbered between 2423 – 2442, they were initially used in Broad gauge traffic but by 1978 they were fitted for bogie exchange and coded GQX. They were finished in CR wagon red.
There are some detail differences with different brake equipment used between the series of wagons and this has been reproduced with the original Austrains design.
Photo courtesy of Peter Knife, taken east of Dowd’s Hill, on 2 January 1970