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1905 NSWR Jubilee carriage sections


Two most interesting and lesser known items in the Powerhouse Museum collection at Castle Hill are these full-size carriage side sections that were built for display at the New South Wales Railways jubilee in 1905. They are complete with all fittings and finishes. Significantly, they have remained in storage for most of their life, and have apparently never been altered, repaired or restored. Thus they are likely to be the only intact NSWR carriage sides from the early 20th Century that retain all original paints and varnishes.


NSWR Jubilee carriage sections

The 'English' carriage

A full height section of carriage side wall, the length of one compartment, representative of Second Class LFX 'Express Lavatory' cars. It includes both external and internal panelling, ventilators, compartment door, opening drop-lights with rounded corners, shutters, and all fittings. The outside walls below sill height feature tongue and groove boards. One compartment inside panel is deleted, exposing internal wall construction, window runners and counterbalances.

Internal timber surfaces are clear varnished, while the exterior is finished a maroon colour with gold lining. The compartment door is signed SECOND in rich yellow, red-shaded lettering.

Lettering for display purposes only reads:
TYPE OF ENGLISH RAILWAY CARRIAGE (Finished section showing construction of side, with door).

Powerhouse Museum web site documents this carriage wall section as item B361-1.

The 'American' car

A full height section of carriage side wall, the length of one seating row, representative of American suburban cars being produced for the NSWR at the time. It includes both external and internal wall panelling, ventilator, an opening window, and shutter. All surfaces are varnished, accentuating their timber grain patterns and different colours. The varnish appears to be of a low-lustre finish, but it is unclear whether any loss of shine may be the result of ageing.

Lettering for display purposes only reads:
TYPE OF AMERICAN RAILWAY CAR
(Finished section showing construction of side).


There is also a small notation:
Presented by the
NSW RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS

Powerhouse Museum web site documents this carriage section as item B361-2.

Colour interpretation

The photographs shown here were made under challenging conditions in a poorly illuminated storage area, not intended for public display. Powerhouse Museum does not allow flash photography. The primary light source was fluorescent, and pictures have been colour-balanced accordingly. In the current storage location accurate colour matching would be difficult.

The LFX carriage side appears to be a medium to dark brown or maroon colour. It might be the so-called 'purple-brown', but to me under dull light, looked not much different to 'Deep Indian Red'.


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