BELOW: RY 50 was built as IZ 50 at Newport in 1928. At some stage it recieved a welded body.
Photo at Dandenong 1978.
RY 137 was built as IZ 137 in 1928, recoded to RY in 1966.
Photo at Dandenong, July 1 1978 one year before it was scrapped.
RY 159 at Dandenong, Feb 1978.
RY 161: Built at Newport 1928 as IZ 161, recoded to RY 1964, scrapped Aug 1978
Photo at Dandenong March 1978.
RY 190: Built at Newport as IZ 190 in 1928, recoded to RY 1965. scrapped March 1979.
Photo at Dandenong March 1978
RY 556 at Nth Melb workshops. March 1978.
BELOW: Handbrake end view of RY 395, photo 1978.
RY 819 was built at Newport as IZ 819 in 1934, recoded to RY in 1964
Although not common, RY's and in fact any other 4 wheel open wagons were at times used for container transport,
it was rather crude as there were no container anchors and the container was free to slide around as it appears has happened here!
Photo 1978, courtesy Peter J Vincent.
RY 987 at Dandenong April 15 1978.
For the 1978/79 wheat harvest VR was so short of wagons that they pressed non grain wagons into wheat service. In this service the doors were given a quick fix to make them grainproof , at Portland I saw wide tape hanging from the doors as they were being unloaded. The need for wagons was so severe that the person making the stencil below didn't have time to spell "temporary" correctly!
RY 1763 at Traralgon March 1978.
RY 1977: Built as GZ 1977 at Bendigo in 1939, recoded to IZ 197 circa 1956, recoded to RY 1977 in 1965, scrapped 1980. Photo at Nth Melbourne workshops 1978. Quite a few RY's were stencilled for dedicated traffic. I don't know why the stencilled RY's were not recoded to HD like most wagons in departmental service.
RY 1982: Built as GZ 1982 in 1939. recoded to IZ 1982 circa 1956, recoded ro RY 1982 in 1965
Photo at South Dynon, Jan. 1982
Photo courtesy Rob O'Regan
IZ 776 is unloaded at Melbourne goods yard, Sept 1952
Official VR photo, M 3212.
BELOW: Closeup of the stencil applied to RY 1140, note the mispelling.