PASSENGER VEHICLES once used on the WOLGAN VALLEY RAILWAY

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IDENTIFIED VEHICLES VISITORS RUMOURS
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The following vehicles have been identified:
Passenger car, Composite
  • Built new by Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd., Birmingham (Lancaster works order #-- of 1908).
  • First class = 8 passengers, Second Class = 30 passengers, also guard's compartment with double doors on side and lavatory.
  • Little used and kept under cover in shed at works.
  • Sold to AI&S, Port Kembla, in 1940.
  • Body scrapped at Newnes and only the frame was recovered by AI&S.
Composite carriage
Builder's photo of this car.
(Photo: Birmingham Library)
Interior 1st Class
Interior of First Class compartment.
(Photo: Birmingham Library)
Passenger car, Second Class
  • Built new by Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd., Birmingham (Lancaster works order #-- of 1908).
  • Second class = 50 (?) with guard's compartment and lavatory.
  • Latter day diagram suggests that at least two rows in centre of car adjusted to longitudinal seating and a stove fitted in between. Seating in this form reduced to 44 (?).
  • Sold to AI&S, Port Kembla, in 1940.
  • Body scrapped at Newnes and only the frame was recovered by AI&S.
Second Class carriage
Builder's photo of this car.
(Photo: Birmingham Library)
Interior of 2nd Class car
Interior of this car. 2nd class seating in the composite car was similar.
(Photo: Birmingham Library)
Passenger rail car
  • Possibly built by Allday and Onions.
  • Used for most of the passenger traffic in latter days.
  • Sides fitted and generally reconditioned by Clarke's Motors, Lithgow, in 1931.
  • Frame still at Newnes in late 1940s, but eventually scrapped.
Rail Car in original condition.
Rail car on Newnes Plateau, in original condition.
(Photo: E. Charles collection)
Rail Car after 1930s rebuild

Rail car at Newnes Junction, some time after it's 1931 rebuild.
(Photo: E Baddely)
Inspection quadracycle
  • Existence known only by photograph.
  • Source and disposal of vehicle not known.
Quadracycle
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(Photo: A. Cargill coln.)
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VISITORS:
There were occasions when special trains were run to Newnes using government-owned vehicles.While details are not fully known, the following photographs show examples of these special trains.
1910
In August, 1910 a special train was run to Newnes for the Australian Institute of [TBA]. 1910 special train at Newnes
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This photo was taken within the works area and
includes a group of distinguished visitors that travelled on the train.
At the rear of the train is a celestory-roofed
"AL" sleeping car from the government system.
Various people in the photo have been "identified", although most of it has been guess work. However, it is quite probable that Sutherland (the consulting engineer in overall charge of the construction work at Newnes) is on the front left, and Martin Zobel (geologist) is on the far right. Henry Deane (engineer in charge of railway construction) is probably the white-bearded chap in the back row in front of the brake van. Bradfield (prominent in later years as a road and bridge engineer) is supposedly among this group as well.
1932
1932 special train at Newnes In 1932 a special train was run to Newnes in connection with the handover of the works to a private concern. However, one of the carriages on this train derailed due to faulty track, only a few miles out from Newnes Junction and only a few cars actually made it to Newnes.
This incident was not a good start for this private operation and it subsequently failed within a very short time.
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This photo shows the shortened train at Newnes prior to the return journey.
(Photo: CC Singleton; ARHS NSW)
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RUMOURS:
Converted steam road bus:
In 1907, Henry Vale & Son, Auburn converted an ex-double-decked steam road bus (No,"3M") for rail use. It has been said that it was purchased by Commonwealth Oil Corporation, Ltd. for use on the Wolgan Valley Railway.

However, no evidence has so far been found to support this purchase or use. If it was used on the railway to Newnes, it would have been found to be impracticable and would not have lasted for very long.
Steam bus for rail use
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The ex-double-decked steam road bus (No."3M")
as converted in 1907 for rail use by Henry Vale & Son, Auburn.
(Photo: ARHS NSW RRC #5467)
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This page last updated: 30Jun2013