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Tf 6013 - Comeng Inter-urban Trailer Car

Item details

Name of item: Tf 6013 - Comeng Inter-urban Trailer Car
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:

Inter-urban Trailer Car TF 6013 has heritage significance as one of three surviving interurban trailer cars (the other two being ETB 2029 and TF 6039). These cars are significant as the type was the first attempt by the Railways to provide high speed, frequent and comfortable transport to the near country areas surrounding Sydney, and as the first examples of stainless steel carriage construction in the NSW Railways. Electric trains were specifically designed for the electrified section of railway over the Blue Mountains to Lithgow and later to Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong. The car has significance for its association with the phasing out of steam-powered passenger transport and the introduction of fast, clean, electrically-powered train travel. With their polished unpainted fluted stainless steel sheathing, tapered shape at the driver’s end and large headlamp mounted above the centre inter-car connection door, these cars had a striking and distinctive form, and represented a new era of rail travel that was clean, fast and efficient.
Date significance updated: 17 Dec 09
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Description

Designer/Maker: Commonwealth Engineering P/L
Builder/Maker: Commonwealth Engineering P/L
Physical description: EXTERNAL
Inter-urban Trailer Car TF 6013 is a second class single deck interurban stainless steel trailer car. The car has entrance doors set at each end of the passenger compartment creating a long saloon. The end walls of the car are flat, matching the toilet end of the control motor car. When coupled into a four-car set the train presents a uniform appearance and appears as a single unit. This car retains its original lift up type windows.

INTERNAL
Toilets are located at one end of the car, one toilet being nominated for each sex. Seating is two and two transverse style. Forced ventilation was fitted and the windows are able to be opened. Luggage racks run the length of the carriage.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Operational Status: Non-Operational
General Condition: Good Condition
External Condition: Good Condition
Internal Condition: Good Condition

EXTERNAL CONDITION
Overall external condition of the car is good, however there appears to be some minor damage to the stainless steel fluting which is easily repaired. Wheels are condemned and require replacement.

INTERNAL CONDITION
The interior condition is reasonable and is still largely as built.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Lead paint in the interior, possible small amounts of asbestos in electrical control gear.
Date condition updated:10 Nov 09
Modifications and dates: 1958 - Built by Commonwealth Engineering as a full integral stainless steel car with electric heating.
1959 - Entered service as Inter-urban Trailer Car TF 6013.
November 1994 - Condemned.
Further information: When coupled to a matching trailer and control motor cars, the effect of the stainless steel appearance becomes more dramatic, as it presents a uniform appearance along the train. The car is currently under the care of the Historic Electric Traction company that is maintaining it for City Rail.
Current use: NSW Government Railways Collection
Former use: Inter-Urban Trailer Car

History

Historical notes: Inter-urban Trailer Car TF 6013 was built by Commonwealth Engineering in 1958 and entered service in November 1959. The car was a full integral stainless steel car with electric heating, and represented the first use of stainless steel on passenger rolling stock on the NSW Railways. The cars were specifically designed for the electrified section of railway over the Blue Mountains to Lithgow and later to Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong, replacing the old timber bodied stock that had been used for many years behind steam locomotives. Their rapid acceleration and high average speed allowed journeys to the near country areas to be shorter, thus popularising the Blue Mountains and Central Coast as dormitory areas for the Sydney metropolitan area.

It was condemned in November 1994.

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 Creation of railway towns-
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-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Railway workshops-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Railway tourism-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 has historical significance at a Local level. Much of this significance results from the car being one of three surviving interurban trailer cars (the other two being ETB 2029 and TF 6039). These cars are significant as the type was the first attempt by the Railways to provide high speed, frequent and comfortable transport to the near country areas surrounding Sydney, and as the first examples of stainless steel carriage construction in the NSW Railways. Electric trains replaced the slow and dirty steam trains that previously performed the task.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Based on current knowledge, the carriage 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]
Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 has aesthetic significance. With their polished unpainted fluted stainless steel sheathing, standard NSW Railways tapered shape at the driver’s end and large headlamp mounted above the centre inter-car connection door, these cars presented a very pleasing appearance to the passenger and rail enthusiast alike, and represented a new era of rail travel that was clean, fast and efficient.

Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 has technical significance. The construction of these carriages marked another step in the development of alternative materials for carriage construction. Previous steel cars had been riveted or welded using conventional techniques. The welding of these cars was of the Spot type, developed by E. Budd in the USA. This method of construction was to have a significant impact on future development of rolling stock design and construction in NSW.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The TF 6013 Comeng 1955 Inter-Urban Trailer Car 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]
Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 has a high level of research significance. The construction of these carriages marked another step in the development of alternative materials for carriage construction, with this car being one of the earliest steel cars to be constructed using the spot-welding technique.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 is considered to be historically rare. The car is one of three still intact and capable of being operated in a four- or six- car set. It retains the original lift up windows.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 is considered to be a good representative example of a mid-twentieth century railway carriage. The carriage has representative value because both its interior and exterior are good representative examples of the technology and materials used in carriage construction in Australia during the 1950s.
Integrity/Intactness: Inter-Urban Trailer Car TF 6013 remains in good original condition, with no modifications undertaken since its construction in 1958.
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 Py 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: 4807184


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