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BE class car at Port Augusta on 19.8.1987

Built 1942 at Islington workshops by the South Australian Railways and classified as "composite class end loading vestibule country cars". Only four members of this class were constructed with a capacity of 22 first class and 24 second class passengers. They were all fitted with roller bearings type bogies.

After being taken over by Australian National Railways they were transferred to standard gauge and recoded as "BE" non-airconditioned economy class sitting cars.

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BE 358 at Port Augusta on 19.8.1987

750 -- BE 346

Composite class end loading vestibule country car.
27.5.1942Entered service on the South Australian Railways as steel end loading vestibule country car No.750. [rrc]
10.11.1977Converted to standard gauge and given the road number "BE 346". Classified as non-airconditioned economy sitting car. [rrc]
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BE 346 E" alteration complete: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
11.7.1990Stored at Port Pirie.
15.09.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 346 E" as having repair "vehicle recommended condemn".
19.10.1990To Keswick for disposal.
3.1991Sold to "Northern Rivers Scenic Railway".
15.03.1991TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 346 E" as having repair "vehicle sold".
May 2004Transferred from Murwillumbah to Lithgow. [rpf].

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BE 358 at Islington on 1.7.1998 BE 358 at Port Augusta on 19.8.1987

751 -- BE 358 -- AK 751

Composite class end loading vestibule country car.
29.6.1942Entered service on the South Australian Railways as steel end loading vestibule country car No.751. [rrc]
12.6.1980Converted to standard gauge and given the road number "BE 358". Classified as non-airconditioned economy sitting car. [rrc]
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BE 358 H" alteration complete: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
8.5.1987In Port Augusta Workshops for repairs.
19.8.1987At Port Augusta.
28.08.1989TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "air brake system complete".
28.08.1989TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "bogie brake blocks x92".
28.08.1989TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "train pipe (end)".
18.12.1989TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "air brake system complete".
18.12.1989TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "train pipe (end)".
18.04.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "air brake system complete".
18.04.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "bogie brake blocks x92".
18.04.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "hand brake assembly complete".
21.06.1990TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BE 358 H" alteration: "fit longer pin in passenger car jumper cable plugs. All passenger cars. (RS4518)".
19.11.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "air brake system complete".
19.11.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" as having repair "brake spreader & hangers".
-Move to Islington Workshops for storage.
30.5.1997TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 358 H" in AN "Mainland Division".
Owner:"AN"
Operator:"D"
Length Over Headstocks:"18.5m"
Tare Weight:"36.3tonne"
Current Gauge:"Broad"
Gauge Restrictions:"S"
Bogie Configuration:"2X2"
Original Cost:"$16270"
Diagram Book Page No.:"NS 55"
Date Built:"01.01.1941"
Operating System:"AN"
Intended Use:"Passengers"
Remarks:"EX 750 CLASS CARS.NON A/COND"
BSG Code:"DSDZ"
1.11.1997Sold to Great Southern Railway.
6.1998Sold to SteamRail Victoria.
6.3.1999Sent to Melbourne.
1999Recoded AK 751.

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15.5.1981,Port Augusta - part VPA1339 + passenger car BE351 + SAR Passenger car 753

752 -- BE 351

composite class end loading vestibule country car.
30.7.1942Entered service on the South Australian Railways as steel end loading vestibule country car No.752. [rrc]
15.12.1979Converted to standard gauge and given the road number "BE 351". Classified as non-airconditioned economy sitting car. [rrc]
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BE 351 N" alteration complete: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
8.5.1987In Port Augusta Workshops for repairs.
11.7.1990Stored at Port Pirie.
15.09.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 351 N" as having repair "vehicle recommended condemn".
19.10.1990To Keswick for disposal.
3.1991Sold to" Northern Rivers Scenic Railway".
15.03.1991TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "BE 351 N" as having repair "vehicle sold".
May 2004Transferred from Murwillumbah to Lithgow. [rpf].

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15.5.1981,Port Augusta - part BE351 + SAR passenger car 753 + part BC329

753 -- BE 352

composite class end loading vestibule country car.
25.8.1942Entered service on the South Australian Railways as steel end loading vestibule country car No.753. [rrc]
10.10.1980Converted to standard gauge and given the road number "BE 352". Classified as non-airconditioned economy sitting car. [rrc]
13.8.1983One end destroyed by fire and written off.
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "BE 352 W" alteration: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
4.1987The shell was located at Stirling North, without its bogies.
29.2.1988Body still at Stirling North.

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