The Officer’s Inspection Car (AAH 8) is of heritage significance as one of four carriages in the NSW Railway system which were specially fitted out for conveying the Commissioner for Railways and his executive officers on Tours of Inspection of the system. The sleeping compartments are representative examples of the then new standard of first-class accommodation provided on the NSW Railways in the early twentieth century, whilst the exterior is representative of the materials, appearance and methods of construction of an important series of passenger carriages of the early twentieth century in NSW. The car is significant as it retains its exterior panelling in virtually original condition, a rare surviving example of this characteristic despite the large numbers constructed.
The image above interested me because of the track layout. Why the 3rd Rail?