AAH8 Inspection Carriage

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

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?

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  OK2RUN Assistant Commissioner


The image above interested me because of the track layout. Why the 3rd Rail?

Look close and you can see six rails. I believe they are only reinforcing rails to allow for jacks etc to be used to lift locos. This is inside Two Shed at Broadmeadow Loco Depot.

"Shed Rat" will have more information.
  cpdbear Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
I have seen this used outside nsw for the purposes of moving cleaning and maintenance platforms that are rail mounted for stability. It is quite possible that the concrete was not the original floor in the shed, so the rails would have provided a stable platform.
  Shed_Rat Train Controller

Location: 'A' Shop - Swindon Works
They are jacking strips. The photo above shows them more clearly on No.9 road in No.2 roundhouse (AAH 8 in on No.11 road) They are a original feature incorporated into the shed floor from new in 1946-48. The pit on this road was infilled in the late 1980s.
Drawing for a pit for the original 1926 proposed No.2 roundhouse showing the setup of jacking strips. The jacking strips were a common feature in NSWGR roundhouse/engine shed pits.

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