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CDF Club and Cafeteria Cars

CDF 224 to 229, 265 to 266
(924, 928, 929, 966)

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CDF 224 CDF 225 CDF 226 CDF 227 CDF 228 CDF 229
CDF 265 CDF 266 CDF 924 CDF 928 CDF 929 CDF 966
Marree Refreshment Car Oasis Bar
Menindee Lakes Sir Augustus & Francis Gregory Outback Explorer Lounge

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering".

Matildas Restaurant Cars:

CDF 225 CDF 924 CDF 928 CDF 929 CDF 966


9.8.2008,Keswick - CDF225 18.7.1992,Keswick Indian Pacific lounge/cafeteria car CDF924

CDF 224 -- CDF 924 -- Matildas Restaurant

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

Interior rebuilt completely as a Matildas Restaurant in 1993.

24.6.1969Entered service as "CDF 224". [rrc]
6.1975Renumbered as Joint Stock "CDF 924" from "CDF 224" for Indian Pacific service.
7.1992Fitted with Indian Pacific name boards.
8.1993Converted to sit down style buffet/dinning car, named "Matildas Restaurant".
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
1.2.2004On first "Ghan" to Darwin.
23.4.2002 Keswick - CDF225

CDF 225 -- Matildas Restaurant

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

Interior rebuilt completely as a Matildas Restaurant in 1993.

11.7.1969Entered service. [rrc]
7.1992Converted to sit down style buffet/dinning car, named "Matildas Restaurant".
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].

CDF 226

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

17.7.1969Entered service. [rrc]
6.1992Fitted with Indian Pacific name boards.
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division stored list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
CDF 227 interior at keswick on 4.8.1997

CDF 227 -- Marree Refreshment Car

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

24.7.1969Entered service. [rrc]
22.9.1990Refurbished as "Marree Refreshment Car" for use on the Ghan.
22.4.1991Marree Refreshment car use on Ghan for first time.
8.1992Fitted with Indian Pacific logo plates, but retained Ghan stripes.
18.9.1992Ghan stripes removed.
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division stored list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
28.8.2005,Keswick - CDF928

CDF 228 -- CDF 928 -- Matildas Restaurant

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

Interior rebuilt completely as a Matildas Restaurant in 1992.

15.8.1969Entered service as "CDF 228". [rrc]
1970Allocated to Indian Pacific Joint Stock for accounting purposes. A small blue plate lettered "Indian Pacific Car" was affixed to the right hand end of each side.
19.7.1974Renumbered as Joint Stock "CDF 928" from "CDF 228" for Indian Pacific service. [rrc]
11.5.1992Converted to sit down style buffet/dinning car, named "Matildas Restaurant" and fitted with Ghan exterior colour scheme.
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
1.2.2004On first "Ghan" to Darwin.
CDF 929 on 1.8.1997

CDF 229 -- CDF 929 -- Matildas Restaurant

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 2904-1967-8.

Interior rebuilt completely as a Matildas Restaurant in 1993.

18.9.1969Entered service as "CDF 229". [rrc]
1970Allocated to Indian Pacific Joint Stock for accounting purposes. A small blue plate lettered "Indian Pacific Car" was affixed to the right hand end of each side.
4.6.1974Renumbered as Joint Stock "CDF 929" from "CDF 229" for Indian Pacific service. [rrc]
8.1993Converted to sit down style buffet/dinning car, named "Matildas Restaurant". for Indian Pacific use.
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
AOB 265 Oasis Bar 20.9.1995 AOB 265 Oasis Bar 20.9.1997

CDF 265 -- AOB 265 -- Oasis Bar -- Menindee Lakes -- Sir Augustus & Francis Gregory Outback Explorer Lounge

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 3068-1969.

4.11.1969Entered service. [rrc]
27.08.1982TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration: "modify handbrake pulley on stainless steel cars. (16s82)".
08.02.1983TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "manufacture and installation of display cabinet. (01s83)".
04.06.1984TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "alteration to vestible entrance flaps. (C2069)".
10.09.1985TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "modification to kitchen compartment incorporating the fitting of upright freezer, microwave oven and pie warmer. CDF 225, 226, 227 and 265. (RS4067)".
13.06.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "replace side stem springs on concertinas to increase closing force. (RS4128)".
17.12.1986TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "apply check letter to class & number of approximately 443 locomotives, passenger cars and rail cars. Classify Overland sleeping cars. (RS4173)".
19.03.1987TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "installation of emergency key boxes to passenger cars. (RS4190)".
20.08.1987TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration: "modify buffer beam on carbon and stainless steel passenger cars. (RS4215)".
26.08.1987TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration: "modify air conditioning intake filters and frames (primary and secondary) on stainless steel and carbon steel passenger cars. (RS4213)".
15.03.1988TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration: "modify buffer beams and fit additional springs to either side of the coupler to increase the diaphragm compressive force on all stainless steel and carbon steel passenger cars. (RS4270)".
05.04.1988TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "Ghan passenger car exterior refurbishment. (a) fit Ghan logo to cars (b) fit vinyl stripe to cars (RS4279)".
26.07.1988TIMS/WMS: passenger car "CDF 265 V" alteration complete: "Ghan" passenger car interior refurbishment. a. refurbish interior of all cars in accordance with drawings. b. reclassify CDF 265 to AOB 265. (RS4304)". New class: "AOB".
01.05.1989Reclassified from passenger car "CDF 265 V" to " passenger car "AOB 265 G". [TIMS/WMS:]
1.5.1989Interior stripped for conversion to "Oasis bar" and lounge for use on the Ghan.
15.9.1989Entered service as "Ghan Oasis Bar" central bar with longitudinal seating fitted.
19.03.1990TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "wheel set".
21.06.1990TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "fit longer pin in passenger car jumper cable plugs. All passenger cars. (RS4518)".
28.05.1991TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "replace existing exhaust chokes on 132 no. "Ghan" "Trans-Australian" "Overland", "SS" & "SSA" cars to improve train handling. All std cars to be fitted with exhaust chokes to wh p/no. 2483 & the 3 no. relay braked cars are to be fitted with wh p/no. c-12740 exhaust chokes . this modification will increase brake cylinder exhaust timings from 6-9 secs to 26-28 secs. (RS4603)".
21.07.1991TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "wheel set".
12.11.1992TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "wheel set".
28.06.1993TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "on stainless steel passenger cars (IP & Ghan) remove temperature recording instrument from air conditioning control panel area. Remove associated pipe work. (RS4800)".
29.07.1993TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "modify all ip passenger cars with clasp braking system to a 2 pair brake block rigging system to general drawing c3-14. also modify all ghan cars. All IP & Ghan cars. (RS4808)".
03.08.1993TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "flush all existing water tanks on "Ghan" & "IP" passenger cars. Install one unit of twin "SOLO" water filtration system on each passenger car in accordance with specification on drawing A1/C8-16. All Ghan & IP pass. cars (RS4809)".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "air brake system complete".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "bogie bearers".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "bogie clearance".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "bogie complete".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "draftgear complete heavy".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "end complete".
15.11.1993TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G"as having repair "hand brake assembly complete".
25.01.1994TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "replace existing Star/Delta starter with clipsal starter. Install additional condenser fan contactor & upgrade other contactors. Install isolators to underframe motors. Install earth wire form main swbd to air con panel & rewire as per drawings. Ghan passenger cars. (RS4842)".
17.02.1994TIMS/WMS: passenger car "AOB 265 G" alteration: "replace existing airconditioning filter assemblies with "Pryocone" filter assemblies. All Ghan & IP cars. (RS4843)".
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
30.5.1997TIMS/WMS: shows passenger car "AOB 265 G" in AN "Mainland Division".
Owner:"AN"
Operator:"P"
Length Over Headstocks:"22.9m"
Tare Weight:"44.1tonne"
Current Gauge:"Standard"
Gauge Restrictions:"S"
Bogie Configuration:"2X2"
Original Cost:"$120690"
Run Restriction:"Unrestricted on gauge(s) shown Inter or Intrastate"
Diagram Book Page No.:"NS 37"
Date Built:"04.11.1969"
Operating System:"Trans Pool"
Intended Use:"Passengers"
Remarks:"Ex CDF;Lounge car;"OASIS BAR"
BSG Code:"PSTL"
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
5.2000Sent to Islington Workshops to be fitted with a smoking compartment and refurbished by Bluebird Engineering.
5.7.2000Returned to service renamed Menindee Lakes. It retained the bar situated in the centre of the carriage. The $200,000 refurbishment of the carriage included a complete mechanical service, new soft furnishing and the installation of a dedicated "smoking" compartment.

Celebrations for its inaugural journey took place in the lounge car on board the Indian Pacific in Broken Hill at 3.00pm Wednesday 5 July. The celebration was attended by a number of the region's tourism and government authorities, local politicians and media guests. [gsr]

2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].
1.2.2004On first "Ghan" to Darwin.
-Refubished as "Sir Augustus & Francis Gregory" Outback Explorer Lounge.[jb]
5.8.1997 Keswick - CDF966

CDF 266 -- CDF 966 -- Matildas Restaurant

Stainless steel, air conditioned, second class club and cafeteria car built by "Commonwealth Engineering". Contract No. 3068-1969.

Interior rebuilt completely as a Matildas Restaurant in 1993.

23.9.1969Entered service as "CDF 266". [rrc]
1970Allocated to Indian Pacific Joint Stock for accounting purposes. A small blue plate lettered "Indian Pacific Car" was affixed to the right hand end of each side.
2.1974Renumbered as Joint Stock "CDF 966" from "CDF 266" for Indian Pacific service. [rrc]
1990Kitchen extended into sit down table area.
3.1994Converted to sit down style buffet/dinning car, named "Matildas Restaurant". for Indian Pacific use.
1.4.1997On Australian National passenger division operational list.
1.11.1997To Great Southern Railway.
2002-03Sold to a third party and "Leased Back" by Great Southern Railway [Serco Group Report].