I'm trying to confirm the current owner and location of the former South Australian Railways (SAR) 500 and 600 Class Cars - particularly Car 501.
I believe that their current owner and location is as follows:
500 - Steamrail Victoria - Newport
501 - Boyd Munroe - Location unknown
502 - Steamrail Victoria - Newport
503 - SteamRanger (SA) - Victor Harbour Line
600 - Steamrail Victoria - Newport
601 - Steamrail Victoria - Newport
602 - Steamranger (SA) - Victor Harbour Line
603 - Steamrail Victoria - Dimboola turntable
604 - Steamrail Victoria - Dimboola turntable
605 - Steamrail Victoria - Dimboola turntable
606 - Steamrail Victoria - National Railway Museum - Port Adelaide (Is it on display?)
607 - Steamrail Victoria - Newport
I also understand that (and it would be great if this could be confirmed) that:
The vestibule at one end of 501 has been converted to an open verandah.
Cars 601 and 607 are now Dining Cars and, unlike the other 500 and 600 Class cars, were fitted with air-conditioning when owned by Northern Rivers Railroad for their Ritz Rail service (which ran between May 1999 and December 2002).
I also believe that cars 501, 502, 601, 604, 605 and 607 are equipped to run off Head End Power only and this has been the case since they were owned by Steam Age Victoria (The operator of "The Melbourne Limited" between 1985 and 1987). I assume that the other cars still depend on their axle driven generators for power.