I recently came across a photo of a BHPB outer skin ore car number 9024 which I believe is of a comparatively rare design.
Could any of you good people out in RP land there tell me:
How many of this type were built?
Who built them?
When were they built?
Would anyone have a photo of the inside, (or even a drawing perhaps) please?
Many thanks for any help that anyone can provide.
They were built by Comeng.
My recollection was that they were built at Braemar around 1990.
There weren't many, certainly old cars whose numbers were reused were renumbered above 9050, so 9024 would be one of the last. They were numbered from 9001.
There was a drawing published in Richard Eslick's magazine (Rail Australia?)
The earliest wagons were built with rigid axles (at the same spacing to allow wheel locks in the dumpers to work) but all were converted to bogies (and were designed for this).
I suggested to Bradken that they inherited the design with the factory since their 9101 series looks very similar but I think they were offended.