A1975 (A3022)

Information on 1945 era 56' carriage A1975

Carriage details

  • Running number: A1975 (TMS 3022)
  • Designed by: New Zealand Railways
  • Built at: NZR Otahuhu Workshops
  • Date built: 1945
  • Builders diagram:
  • Date entered Steam Inc service: 2021 (proposed)
  • Date withdrawn: Disposed of by KiwiRail 2013
  • Current condition: Certified for running on the main line.
A3022 on tour Oct 2012
  • Weight in working order: 25 tonnes
  • Overall length: 17933mm
  • Bogies: Original 25330. Current 28020.

History

A1975 was built at the Otahuhu railway workshops as a 56’ First Class Coupe Day Car in Nov 1945.

Between 1937 and 1945 157 of the “standard” 56’ cars were built at Addington and Otahuhu workshops. They became the standard main line passenger vehicle for many decades.  The final examples were not disposed of by KiwiRail until 2018.

A1975 was in a batch of six cars that had a six seat compartment that could be reserved for private on family parties.  These particular cars were not fitted with the pressure ventilation system used in other 56' first class cars.

Tare as built was 28.4 tons versus 29.2 tons for a first class car with PV equipment.

When built they were allocated to Wellington for use on Wellington to New Plymouth and Wellington to Gisborne services.

By the end of 1955 all were spare having been replaced by railcars that had taken over the provincial express trains.

A1975 was sent to the South Island in 1967.

In June 1971 it was overhauled and upgraded to be an additional car for the Southerner rail service that had begun running between Christchurch and Invercargill in Dec 1970.  It was reseated with 33 seats for this use.  In 1977 further improvements were made at Addington with underframe modifications to allow new bogies to be fitted , new gangway connections and modified fluorescent lights.

In 1988 at Addington modified to a 53 seat car for  Wellington to Auckland service.  A3022 was amongst the cars used for the revised overnight blue Northerner service that replaced the original yellow cars.  In 1997 was overhauled at Hutt for a backpacker car on the Overlander services.

 A3022 on Wellington to Auckland serviceAfter seeing service as a backpacker car on the Overander services it became part of the Auckland charter fleet and also saw service helping out on Wellington to Masterton trains.

A3022 was disposed of by KiwiRail in 2013 into private ownership.  Has since then has been leased to Dunedin Railways.

 Sadly with the unfortunate recent mothballing of Dunedin Railways and limited storage space in Dunedin a new home was required for A 3022.  Steam Inc will be custodian of 3022 for the immediate future.  A3022 arrived at Paekakariki in  July 2020.  Next year after our re-certification process has been completed we hope to utilise A3022 along with a powervan on selected excursions.

 Carriage A3022

 A3022 in Wellington 

Carriage A1975 on the Southerner in 1980

A1975 on Southerner

 

Car A3022 in Hawkes Bay Oct 2012

Car A3022 on rail tour in Oct 2012

Carriage A3022 on rail tour Oct 2012

Carriage A3022 on rail tour Oct 2012

 Thanks to Juliet Scoble and the New Zealand Railway Observer for some of this information.