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S.A.R. 600 Class Steel Cars

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Interior of 600 class car

Built at Islington workshops between 1936 and 1937 by the South Australian Railways classified as "second class main line corridor passenger cars", seating 64 passengers. They were fitted with plain bearing bogies.

Members of the 600 class were also known as: BKL 3, BH 1, Bowmans, Brunswick, Clarence, Corangamite, Glenmaggie, Lauriston, Richmond, Tweed, Wedgwood, Wendouree, Wilsons.

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12.6.1986 3BKL BKL 3 at Islington on 1.7.1998

600 -- BKL 3 -- BKL 600

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
19.12.1936Entered service. [rrc]
12.1968Converted to standard gauge.
1972Returned to broad gauge.
30.9.1983Hired to V/LINE.
14.12.1983Recoded as "BKL 3".
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BKL 3 S" alteration: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
13.7.1992Returned to Australian National.
22.4.1993Issued to service in The Explorer colour scheme.
-Put into storage.
30.5.1997TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BKL 3 S" in AN "Mainland Division".
Owner:"AN"
Operator:"C"
Length Over Headstocks:"21.2m"
Tare Weight:"41.6tonne"
Current Gauge:"Broad"
Gauge Restrictions:"B"
Bogie Configuration:"2X2"
Original Cost:"$14810"
Run Restriction:"Unrestricted on gauge(s) shown Inter or Intrastate"
Diagram Book Page No.:"CB P-17"
Date Built:"01.01.1935"
Operating System:"AN"
Intended Use:"Passengers"
Remarks:"EX HIRE TO V/LINE;EX 600"
BSG Code:"PBIE"
1.11.1997Sold to Great Southern Railway.
6.1998Sold to SteamRail.
27.3.1999Sent to Melbourne.
1999Recoded BKL 600.

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8.4.1994,Goulburn roundhouse - SAR 603+ ?+ 601

601 -- Wedgwood -- Tweed Dining Car -- DCK 601

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
2.3.1937Entered service. [rrc]
12.1968Converted to standard gauge.
16.1.1969Used on the first standard gauge passenger train Broken Hill to Peterborough.
4.1974Returned to broad gauge.
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
12.1981Sold to Steamage Australia (Victoria).
11.12.1987Entered service on the standard gauge "Southern Cross Express" as dining car Wedgwood.
29.12.1989To Northern Rivers Railway.
1999Entered service on Northern Rivers Railway "Ritz Rail" Train. Given the name Tweed Dining Car.
7.5.2004Arrived Lithgow yard for long term storage.
3.2010Railcorp & ARTC have released a TOC waiver for South Spur to move the Ritz Rail Carriages from Lithgow to Parkes. [ausrollingstock Brad Coulter]
10.11.2011Offered for sale by auction at "Slattery Auctions" [Advert].
11.2011Handed in at Auction - subsequently sold to SteamRail Victoria. [rpf].
2012Sent to Islington Workshops for repainting.
22.2.1013Refurbishment completed - railed to Melbourne. Coded "DCK 601".

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16.5.1999 Mount Barker - SteamRanger interior 602

602 -- Bowmans

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
25.3.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
1981Sold to SteamRanger (Australian Railway Historical Society South Australia Division).
1983Rebuilt as Tavern and Refreshment car Bowmans. Fitted with a Guards compartment and vestibule Brake. Accomodation for 24 passengers.

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603 -- Lauriston -- Clarence Sitting Car

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
11.5.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
12.1981Sold to Steamage Australia (Victoria).
-Refurbished and named Lauriston.
11.12.1987Entered service on the standard gauge "Southern Cross Express".
29.12.1989To Northern Rivers Railway.
1999Entered service on Northern Rivers Railway "Ritz Rail" Train. Given the name Clarence Sitting Car.
7.5.2004Arrived Lithgow yard for long term storage.
3.2010Railcorp & ARTC have released a TOC waiver for South Spur to move the Ritz Rail Carriages from Lithgow to Parkes. [ausrollingstock Brad Coulter]
2014to SteamRail.

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604 -- Corangamite -- Wilsons Sitting Car

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
23.7.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
12.1981Sold to Steamage Australia (Victoria).
-Refurbished and named Corangamite.
11.12.1987Entered service on the standard gauge "Southern Cross Express".
29.12.1989To Northern Rivers Railway.
1999Entered service on Northern Rivers Railway "Ritz Rail" Train. Given the name Wilsons Sitting Car.
7.5.2004Arrived Lithgow yard for long term storage.
3.2010Railcorp & ARTC have released a TOC waiver for South Spur to move the Ritz Rail Carriages from Lithgow to Parkes. [ausrollingstock Brad Coulter]
2014to SteamRail.

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4.11.2009,Lithgow - steel car 605 4.11.2009,Lithgow - steel car 605

605 -- Wendouree -- Brunswick Sitting Car

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
24.8.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
12.1981Sold to Steamage Australia (Victoria).
-Refurbished and named Wendouree.
11.12.1987Entered service on the standard gauge "Southern Cross Express".
29.12.1989To Northern Rivers Railway.
1999Entered service on Northern Rivers Railway "Ritz Rail" Train. Given the name Brunswick Sitting Car.
7.5.2004Arrived Lithgow yard for long term storage.
3.2010Railcorp & ARTC have released a TOC waiver for South Spur to move the Ritz Rail Carriages from Lithgow to Parkes. [ausrollingstock Brad Coulter]
2014to SteamRail.

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606 passenger compartment

606

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
12.10.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
1981Sold to SteamRanger (Australian Railway Historical Society South Australia Division).
2000Sold to Steve Moritz for the MurrayLander service.
12.2000Sold to Port Dock Station Railway Museum.
11.1.2001Delivered to Port Dock.

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31.3.1986 1BR Spotswood

607 -- BH 1 -- Glenmaggie -- Richmond Dining Car -- DCK 607

Second class main line corridor passenger car.
24.11.1937Entered service. [rrc]
13.10.1981Withdrawn from Australian National service.
12.1981Sold to Steamage Australia (Victoria).
-Coded as "BH 1" and painted Victorian Railways blue and gold, used on the occassional fan trip.
11.12.1987Entered service on the standard gauge "Southern Cross Express" as dining car Glenmaggie.
29.12.1989To Northern Rivers Railway.
1999Entered service on Northern Rivers Railway "Ritz Rail" Train. Given the name Richmond Dining Car.
May 2004Transferred from Murwillumbah to Lithgow. [rpf].
3.2010Railcorp & ARTC have released a TOC waiver for South Spur to move the Ritz Rail Carriages from Lithgow to Parkes. [ausrollingstock Brad Coulter]
10.11.2011Offered for sale by auction at "Slattery Auctions" [Advert].
11.2011Handed in at Auction - subsequently sold to SteamRail Victoria. [rpf].
2012Sent to Islington Workshops for repainting.
22.2.1013Refurbishment completed - railed to Melbourne. Coded "DCK 607".

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