Dining Saloon Shashi 229

Yet another classic dining saloon that rotted while under the “care” of Sanrasm in Randfontein. Shashi (229), has had major water damage to her interior from a leaking roof and a broken window and it seemed as if would become yet another memory of our once glorious railway heritage. Her kitchen was housed in a separate coach that was also rotting away at Sanrasm, although she was on a different line altogether. In spite of the decay, Shashi was still beautiful, and when I last saw her in July 2012 she had been covered with a tarpaulin, stripped down, and was being restored. I believe she was amongst the vehicles that were moved to Reefsteamers and that she can be re-united with her kitchen (Coach 282)  and return to service as a preserved vehicle.

2009

2009

2009

2009

Store

Store

Leaking roof

Leaking roof

Dresser

Dresser

name plate

name plate

interior damage

interior damage

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Shashi’s kitchen and compartment coach (no: 282) somehow ended up on a different line to the seating part of the dining saloon set, and, she was in a much better condition. This coach not only contained a kitchen but also compartments for kitchen staff. And on the exterior she had a windowed corridor side as well as a service side. When I last saw her in 2012 she had been restored on the exterior, but a lot of work needed doing in her interior. She was however one of the more complete coaches that Sanrasm had.

2011, before restoration

2011, before restoration (service side)

2012 after restoration

2012 after restoration

Coupe

Coupe

Corridor

Corridor

Kitchen

Kitchen

2011 before restoration

2011 before restoration (corridor side)

2012 after restoration

2012 after restoration

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