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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

© DRW 2009-2018. Moved to blog 18/01/2015.

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:58

Half balcony dining saloon Phantom Pass (161)

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.

Phantom Pass 2010

Phantom Pass 2010

Dining saloon

Dining saloon

Name and number

Name and number

Dining saloon

Dining saloon

Corridor

Corridor

Kitchen

Kitchen

Wine rack

Wine rack

2010.

2010.

Damage

Damage

End of train

End of train

Kitchen stove

Kitchen stove

Dedication

Dedication

First glimpse 2009

First glimpse 2009

Repainted and reroofed. 2012

Repainted and reroofed. 2012

© DRW. 2009-2018. Created 08 July 2009. Updated 14 June 2012. Thanks to Carlos Das Neves Vieira for the information

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:59

Heidelberg Transport Museum

The Heidelberg Transport Museum is really a museum stuck in limbo. Its funds withdrawn many years ago, its major collection disposed of, there are only 5 vintage coaches and a steam engine left. It has been closed for a number of years, but I was able to swing a visit and it was wonderful. There are so many evocative memories in those beautiful old wooden coaches. I did a blog post at the time when I visited and there is a lot of information about the coaches in it.

My sincere thanks to Sipho who very kindly showed me around, he was so passionate about the museum, and so hopeful too.

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Updated: 06/01/2018 — 15:15
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