Just wondering where this carriage is located now.
Thanks for the information Dangersdan707 and DJPeters.The 2 early CR Car's I'm thinking are still undercover in Adelaide, they were using them fairly regularly on the Ghan till about 2010 to my surprise! I think its still leased to them from whoever GSR sold the Rolling stock too in '03 iirc. Interestingly, there were murmurs on facebook earlier this year that GSR was interested in reactivating them for use a a super deluxe like class on the Ghan. I think that just need an inspection and some maintenance after all, AN and GSR were towing them in Ghan Consists at 115km/h! Special service car 2 is stored with it I think (it looks like it from the photos on facebook) but special service car 260 'The Chairmans Car' is still in use with GSR/JBRE what ever they are now called.
Since Great Southern Rail is now Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, I presume the Prince of Wales car is now in the custody of Journey Beyond.
Just wondering if anyone can confirm that it remains stored in Adelaide.
Prince of Wales is stored in the narrow shed at the southern end of the Keswick yard. It’s still available for hire POA on the Ghan service, which when I enquired in the first quarter of 2017 to travel in the third quarter of 2017 was $15k each way, preferably booked return.I suspect it doesn't get a huge amount of use but I have been told that collectively, the fares are not much more than equivalent in Gold or Platinum. It is however not promoted on GSR's website, only the Chairman's car. For the later, would be interesting to know for how much it costs and how much its used. Again if you were in a group of 8 and can afford Platinum, why not dig a tad deeper and get your own carriage.
special service car 260 'The Chairmans Car' is still in use with GSR/JBRE what ever they are now called.The bogies on this and some other cars as well are not Budd car bogies but homemade CR copies of Budd car type bogies they are extremely similar though and indeed do have disc type brakes on them. As you can see in this photo they are a bit heavier construction than actual Budd car bogies. Photo is from the Comrails web site and is by John Beckhaus.
While the car is indeed still in use it has been rebuilt internally as a Platinum class sleeping car with (I think) eight sleeping places in four compartments. Some of the compartments have double beds. A small lounge is located at one end. It is unrecognisable as the original car since it has full length dark glass windows, and the intermediate access door has been removed and the fluting filled in over the door space. All the other Platinum cars have ten sleeping places, and a few more are being converted from BRJ class cars.
The Prince of Wales car is number SS 44.
The only external body change since it was built was the enclosing of the end platform, which occurred before the accident in Broken Hill. It currently has Budd RDC bogies with disc brakes,
The bogies on this and some other cars as well are not Budd car bogies but homemade CR copies of Budd car type bogies they are extremely similar though and indeed do have disc type brakes on them. As you can see in this photo they are a bit heavier construction than actual Budd car bogies. Photo is from the Comrails web site and is by John Beckhaus.Significantly, John's photo is from March 1969, so before the opening of the SAR standard gauge and before the accident in Broken Hill. I remember seeing it in 1969. The car looks no different today, apart from the paint scheme. I agree the bogies are copies of RDC bogies.