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D 4052 - Walsh Island 1927 Suburban Trailer Car

Item details

Name of item: D 4052 - Walsh Island 1927 Suburban Trailer Car
Other name/s: T 4547, D 4673
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Primary address: North Eveleigh Heritage Store, Eveleigh, NSW 2015
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
North Eveleigh Heritage StoreEveleighSydney  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has heritage significance as a rare extant example of a steel bodied single deck driving trailer car, one of 248 trailer cars built by Walsh Island Dockyard, Newcastle in 1927. It is one of 883 single deck steel cars that formed the backbone of the Sydney suburban fleet from 1926 until the late 1980s. It represents a type of car that was used with a motor car in a two-car formation to provide service on the more lightly patronised parts of the system. The car is significant as one of the earliest all-steel cars used on the NSW Railways, representing a great advance in terms of design of passenger rolling stock, contrasting with the timber body and steel underframes used on country passenger rolling stock.
Date significance updated: 17 Dec 09
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Description

Designer/Maker: NSW Railways, (E.E. Lucy Chief Mechanical Engineer)
Builder/Maker: Walsh Island Dockyard, Newcastle
Construction years: 1929-1929
Physical description: EXTERNAL
The car features a steel body and is of riveted construction. Original windows run the length of the car, with small metal bars fitted to the outside of the window frame at the bottom. Side entrance doors to the car are set at the quarter points of the car to allow good ingress and egress for the passengers. The car is painted Indian red with a silver roof. Thin cream coloured lined run above and below the window. Rubber-set windows have been installed at the ends of the car.

INTERNAL
The doorways divide the car into three distinct sections with two short compartments at each end and a longer saloon in the middle. A small open guard's compartment was fitted at one end and when converted to a driving trailer a driver’s cab was provided at the other end. In the main compartment, seating is 3 and 2 transverse style with an offset centre aisle, while the small saloons have longitudinal seating.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Operational Status: Non-Operational
General Condition: Moderate Condition
External Condition: Moderate Condition
Internal Condition: Good Condition

EXTERNAL CONDITION
There is significant body rust around some windows and in the lower body. The car is fitted with modern bogies that will enable it to continue in operation as a trafficable exhibit suitable for use on tours.

INTERNAL CONDITION
The interior is in good condition. Some light fittings are missing.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Lead paint and possible minor asbestos in electrical controls.
Date condition updated:11 Nov 09
Modifications and dates: November 1929 - Entered service as a standard trailer.
September 1937 - Converted to driving control car 4052.
Late 1960s/early 1970s - Rubber sealed end windows fitted, luggage racks removed, transverse seating replaced with longitudinal seating in end saloons during overhaul.
November 1973 - Renumbered 4673
Current use: NSW Government Railways Collection
Former use: Suburban Trailer Car

History

Historical notes: Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 was built at Walsh Island Dockyard, Newcastle, in 1927. The car is one of 248 trailer cars built by Walsh Island Dockyard, and one of 883 single deck steel cars that formed the backbone of the Sydney suburban fleet from 1926 until the late 1980s. All 1927 type standard trailer cars were built by Walsh Island Dockyard at Newcastle in three contracts, two of 100 each and one of 48 cars. This car entered service in November 1929 as a standard trailer, and was converted to driving control car 4052 in September 1937 to permit expanded use of two-car sets on lightly patronised lines and services. Rubber sealed end windows were fitted after an overhaul in the late 1960s/early 1970s and in November 1973 the car was renumbered D 4673 for a period.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences Impacts of railways on urban form-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Railway work culture-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has historical significance. The car is one of 248 trailer cars built by Walsh Island Dockyard, Newcastle, and is significant as one of 883 single deck steel cars that formed the backbone of the Sydney suburban fleet from 1926 until the late 1980s. It represents a type of car that was used with a motor car in a two-car formation to provide service on the more lightly patronised parts of the system.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Based on current knowledge, Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 is not known to have any special associations with people or events of significance in a local or state context. It does not have significance under this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has aesthetic significance. This car has a pleasing and symmetrical appearance, and derives its outline from the 72’6 locomotive hauled passenger cars first built by E.E. Lucy in 1913.

Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has a high level of technical significance. Being one of the earliest all-steel cars used on the NSW Railways, this car represents a great advance in terms of design of passenger rolling stock. This is an example of steel car construction that contrasts with the timber body and steel underframe used on country passenger rolling stock.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 is likely to have a degree of social value for the community-based associations who have demonstrated an ongoing interest in its conservation and management. This item may also have a degree of social significance to a broader section of the community linked to its historic, aesthetic and associative values.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has a high level of research significance. This car is a good representative example of steel car construction that contrasts with the timber body and steel underframe used on country passenger rolling stock.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 has a high level of rarity significance. This car is the only steel bodied single deck driving trailer car known to have survived.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 is a good representative example of a driving control trailer car. It represents a type of car that was used with a motor car in a two-car formations to provide service on the more lightly patronised parts of the system.
Integrity/Intactness: Suburban Trailer Car D 4052 retains a moderate level of integrity and intactness. This car exhibits many of the features that make it a significant suburban electric carriage, although an extensive overhaul in the 1960s-1970s removed many original features, particularly from the interior, and replaced the original end windows.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
SRA Heritage Rolling Stock Stage 2b Heritage Assessments2000 David Sheedy Pty Ltd Architects and Heritage Consultants  Yes
S170 Rolling Stock Review2009 NSW Department of Commerce  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGreen Air Services Pty Ltd2007SRA Rolling Stock Condition and Maintenance Assessment , Part 2
WrittenKeenan & Clarke1963First Stop Central
WrittenNSW R Mechanical Branch Monthly Reports
GraphicState Rail Authority Steel Control Car

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4807177


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