IT - Fixed Wheel Scantling Timber Wagon


With a rise in housing development in the early 1960's, the timber traffic out of the Orbost region of East Gippsland grew. As a result, about 270 vehicles of _I__ and _IA_ wagons of 15' wheelbase were modified to provide a special vehicle for scantling timber traffic. After trials with one wagon, the class letters IT were adopted. In some cases, other wagn classes with I / IA heritage were used.

The IT number group was 1 - 273.

As scantling timber was packed by the sawmills into 'packs' there was a problem with the load distribution. Each 'pack' consisted of various lengths of sawn timber (scantling) which were stacked with all ends together at one end. To overcome the load problem the IT vehicle had three distinct features:

Despite extemely uneven loading, derailments were fairly rare. More common was the sight in shunting yards of loaded IT wagons 'rearing up like stallions' when hit roughly from the heavy end during shunting.

By the late 1980's, building construction was using different materials and hardwood was in decline. With reduced traffic, less IT wagons were required and these were replaced by standard wagons with less loading in them.

A batch of bogie wagons were built for timber traffic, coded VFTY. These vehicles, as well as _GY_ and _G__ wagons , gradually replaced the IT wagons in traffic.

Types

There were three main types of IT wagons:

Vehicle history link

   Photos   for  'IT  '

FileID Description................................................

   CT730 IT - rake, mt in gantry road, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   AM014 IT - loading, Fernbank, 1970s, [oPTC]
   BC328 IT - part view, overhanging timber, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ176 IT 1 - ldd galv. pipes, s1e2, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ426 IT 2 - s1e2, empty, Warragul, 9/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AM024 IT 5, [oPJV]
   BG987 IT 6 - s1e2, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   BG983 IT 6 - s2e1, L7, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   DU226 IT 9 - s2e1, ldd timber, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ189 IT 12 - s1, ldd timber, Dandenong, c1976, [oRXO]
   CZ192 IT 16 - s2e1, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ193 IT 18 - s2, loaded, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ197 IT 21 - s1e2, loaded, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ199 IT 22 - s2e1, loaded, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU253 IT 26 - s2, ldd timber/broken sticks, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ201 IT 26 - s2e1, ldd, timber overhang, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CT735 IT 28 - part view, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   CZ209 IT 32 - ldd timber, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BG986 IT 35 - s1e2, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   CZ215 IT 37 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ228 IT 42 - ldd timber, s1, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DA639 IT 43 - s2e2 ldd timber, Berwick, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ232 IT 48 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ237 IT 53 - s1e2, ldd timber, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ238 IT 54 - s1e2, ldd timber, overhang, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ250 IT 62 - s1e2, ldd timber, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ253 IT 65 - s2e1, ldd timber, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BK956 IT 70 - part view, Castlemaine, 29/6/1975, [oPJV]
   CN063 IT 70 - s2e1, ldd timber, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CZ264 IT 71 - s2e1, ldd timber, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   DU259 IT 74 - s1, ldd timber, 4 metric/underframe, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ272 IT 78 - s2, ldd timber, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AW755 IT 84 - part view, Warragul, 2/1968, [oPJV]
   CZ279 IT 86 - s2e1, ldd timber, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BG431 IT 89 - s2e1, ldd posts, D crayon, Bairnsdale, 22/9/1975, [oPJV]
   DU250 IT 91 - s1e1, mt, handbrake down full travel, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU249 IT 91 - s1e1,mtIT 264 - s1e1, mt, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ284 IT 91 - s2e1, ldd timber, overhang, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ290 IT 98 - s2e1, ldd timber, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AM026 IT 99, [oPJV]
   BG985 IT 103 - s1e2, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   CZ305 IT 106 - s2 empty, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ309 IT 110 - s1, ldd, overhang timber, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DK639 IT 111 - part view/lettering, Orbost, 22/6/1970, [oPJV]
   CZ310 IT 114 - s1, empty, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   DU274 IT 115 - s2e2, mt, R crayoned for shunting, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ312 IT 116 - s1, empty, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ313 IT 117 - s1, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ314 IT 118 - s1, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DA650 IT 119 - s1e2 ldd timber, Pakenham, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ321 IT 123 - s1, empty, Castlemaine, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ325 IT 128 - s1e2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ328 IT 130 - s2, empty, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ330 IT 131 - s1, empty, North Melbourne C&W, 17/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ333 IT 132 - s2, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ335 IT 133 - s1 perp, empty, Westall, c11/1975, [oRXO]
   CZ338 IT 134 - s1, stored, Rangelea, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ341 IT 135 - s1, empty, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ343 IT 137 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ344 IT 139 - s2, empty, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ348 IT 140 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ354 IT 144 - s1, empty, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU252 IT 145 - s2, ldd timber, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ357 IT 147 - s2, ldd timber/overhang, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU227 IT 149 - s2e1, ldd timber, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BH129 IT 151 - part view, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 4/3/1981, [oPJV]
   CZ362 IT 151 - s1e2, empty, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AV786 IT 152 - empty, s2, HBW, Newport Workshops, 19/2/1977, [oPJV]
   CZ369 IT 156 - s2e1, empty, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ371 IT 159 - s1, empty, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ374 IT 160 - s2e1, ldd short dried stack, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ375 IT 161 - s2, empty, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ376 IT 162 - s1, ldd, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   AM015 IT 163, [oPJV]
   B1351 IT 163 - e1p, Flinders Street Yard, 25/3/1978, [oPJV]
   B1335 IT 163 - e1q, no end bracing, Flinders Street Yard, 25/3/1978, [oPJV]
   CZ377 IT 163 - s1, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   B1333 IT 163 - s2e1c, ldd, Flinders Street Yard, 25/3/1978, [oPJV]
   CZ378 IT 164 - s1, ldd - poorly and overhang, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ384 IT 165 - s1, ldd, overhang, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CT732 IT 168 - deck/chains/stowage/bolsters, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   CT733 IT 168 - ID/lettering, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   CZ392 IT 169 - s2, empty, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU256 IT 169 - s2, ldd timber, 4 imperial lettering/underframe, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ394 IT 170 - s1, empty, Woodend, 8/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ396 IT 171 - s2, empty, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   AM016 IT 172, [oPJV]
   BG984 IT 172 - s1e2, L4, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 3/7/1975, [oPJV]
   CZ397 IT 172 - s2, ldd, 4 lettering, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ398 IT 173 - s2, empty, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ402 IT 176 - s1, empty, 4 lettering, Rangelea, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ403 IT 178 - s2, empty, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ404 IT 179 - s1, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AO290 IT 180 - loading, Fernbank, 1970s, [oPTC]
   CZ408 IT 181 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ409 IT 182 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ411 IT 185 - s1, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ412 IT 186 - s1, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DU273 IT 186 - s1e1, ldd timber, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ416 IT 189 - s2, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ418 IT 190 - s1, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CZ423 IT 195 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   CZ424 IT 196 - s2, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   DU254 IT 197 - s1, ldd timber, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CZ425 IT 198 - s2, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA061 IT 199 - s1, empty, Rangelea, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA064 IT 200 - s1, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BA066 IT 201 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA067 IT 202 - s2, empty, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BA074 IT 210 - s2, empty, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   BA075 IT 211 - s2, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA078 IT 216 - s2p, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU258 IT 218 - s2, ldd timber, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CN061 IT 219 - s1p, ldd timber, Dandenong, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BA081 IT 223 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   AM017 IT 224, [oPJV]
   CB204 IT 224 - boeing winches/web/mt, Oakleigh, 13/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB205 IT 224 - detail: web winch, Oakleigh, 13/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CB206 IT 224 - detail: webbing retainer bar/opp side, Oakleigh, 13/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BM619 IT 224 - s2, boeing winches, mt, Graham, 30/1/1980, [oPJV]
   BA082 IT 226 - s2, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA083 IT 227 - s1e2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   BA084 IT 228 - s2, ldd, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BA085 IT 229 - s1, ldd steel rod, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   DU255 IT 230 - s2, ldd timber, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA087 IT 231 - s1, empty, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BA088 IT 233 - s2, ldd, overhang, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   BG402 IT 234 - s1e2, ldd timber, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   BA090 IT 238 - s2p, empty, Westall, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   BQ896 IT 239 - s1e2 mt, Flinders Street Yard, 8/12/1980, [oPJV]
   DA641 IT 240 - s2e2 ldd timber, Berwick, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AM019 IT 241, [oPJV]
   CU657 IT 241 - mt, s1e2c, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   BM618 IT 241 - s2, boeing winches, mt, Graham, 30/1/1980, [oPJV]
   DU237 IT 243 - s1e2c, ldd timber, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA095 IT 246 - s1, ldd, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   BA097 IT 247 - s1, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   CT713 IT 247 - s1e2, mt, Bairnsdale, 25/12/1978, [oPJV]
   BA098 IT 248 - s2, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DU272 IT 249 - s2e2, mt, Westall, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA100 IT 250 - s2, ldd, overhang, Oakleigh, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   AM021 IT 252 - ex KT, 1972, [oPJV]
   BA102 IT 253 - s1, ldd, Westall, 10/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA103 IT 254 - s1, empty, Rangelea, 13/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BA104 IT 255 - s2, ldd, Dandenong, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   BT856 IT 255 - s2,part view, mt, 1980s, [oMUH]
   BA107 IT 260 - s1p, ldd, Westall, 30/1/1977, [oRXO]
   DU246 IT 261 - s2e1, mt, ..21 under paint, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   DU248 IT 264 - s1e1, mt, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   AM022 IT 265, [oPJV]
   BA110 IT 266 - s1e2, ldd, Westall, 31/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BA111 IT 267 - s2e1, ldd, Dandenong, 14/11/1976, [oRXO]
   DA647 IT 268 - s1e2 ldd timber, Berwick, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BA112 IT 269 - s1, ldd, overhang, Westall, 12/1976, [oRXO]
   DU247 IT 270 - s1e1, mt, Dandenong, 17/7/1976, [oPJV]
   CN062 IT 273 - s2e1, ldd timber, 1970s, [oBAU]
   Diagrams   for  'IT  '

FileID Description................................................

   DF070 IT - Axlebox and pan, Drg 3289a, [sPHD]
   CQ848 IT - Axlebox Drg 3289a, [oPTC]
   AK142 IT - bulkhead end, [oPJV]
   AK141 IT - side sketch, [oPJV]
   AS893 IT - wagons, diagram I-4, 8/6/1973, [oPTC]

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