Phantom Pass (161) is, or should I say was, a gem. She is a “pure” wooden, half balcony dining saloon with her own kitchen. She is not a pillared dining saloon though, but stands out in her own right as worthy of preservation. Sadly, like so many “exhibits” at Sanrasm she was deteriorating very quickly after years of neglect, and with her rotten roof, sagging windows and her balconies rotting away, the water damage from the next rainy season had the potential to finish her for good unless she was rescued very quickly. In December 2010 she was stabilised in preparation for moving her to Reefsteamers in Germiston. I revisited her in June 2012 and she had not been moved yet, but I was shocked to see how far things had progressed with her restoration. Internally she did need work, but her exteriors were looking infinitely better. Unfortunately her one balcony had rotted away when things were going pear shaped and had been removed before the evaluation in 2010, and of course the wine racks had all been stolen, but those are things for replacing in the future. Further examples of the half balcony diners can be seen at the Heidelberg Transport Museum.
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