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"Mount Lofty" - Pullman Sleeping Car

VPB Retail Stores Van

Mount Lofty

OPB 328 at Port Augusta on 19.8.1987 Pullman sleeping car "Mount Lofty" was originally used by the South Australian and Victorian Railways on The Overland before being sold to the Commonwealth Railways.

One dining and two sleeping cars were jointly purchased from the Pullman company of America in 1927, at a cost of £19,378 for each vehicle. The sleeping cars were jointly owned by the South Australian Railways and Victorian Railways, and featured twin berth cabins, which had own washrooms, wall bracket lamps, wardrobes, hot and cold water, fan, chair and a shoe locker that opened to the corridor. Each berth had a personal toilet and was steam heated. 25.8.1976 - Copley - ARC74 (Macedon) sleeping car

Because of their weight they were withdrawn from service during the depression years (1930-1935) and altogether in 1940. The dead weight of nearly four tonnes per passenger was too great, costing 4.5 pence per Km to shift against 2.8 pence for older stock.

The South Australian Railways stored the car at the Islington workshops in 1942. At one stage the possibility of converting "Mt Lofty" to a sitting car had been investigated and one compartment partially set up and another stripped before it was decided not to proceed. In 1964 the car was sold to the Commonwealth Railways. Retail store interior

It appears that "Mount Lofty" should have used road number "73" as this had been reserved for it in 1950 when "Macedon" and "Hopkins" were purchased from the Victorian Railways. "Mount Lofty" was to be purchased at that time, but the sale subsequently did not go ahead. 8.10.1996 Port Augusta - OPB 328 retail store

After delivery to the Commonwealth Railways it was put into Storage at Port Augusta Workshops until conversion to a "Marketing Van" for use on the "Tea and Sugar".

See also: Macedon and Adelaide.

Mount Lofty -- VPB/OPB 328

14.3.1928Departed New Yoork on board Port Nicholson[newsrail 7.2007]
30.4.1928Arrived Port Adelaide[newsrail 7.2007]
19.5.1928Entered service on The Overland named "Mount Lofty".
1.9.1930Withdrawn from service and placed in storage[newsrail 7.2007]
14.10.1935Returned to service on The Overland[newsrail 7.2007]
1936Fitted with automatic couplers
1.4.1940Withdrawn from service[newsrail 7.2007]
25.8.1964Sold to the Commonwealth Railways.
30.9.1964Dispatched to Port Pirie and forwarded to Port Augusta workshops were it was placed into storage.
5.1977Entered workshops. Interior completely stripped for conversion to "VPB 328".
1.6.1979Reentered the roster under its new identity on Commonwealth type 4 wheel bogies. "VPB 328" was described as a marketing van for Ausrail retailers, in other words, a mobile shop on the "Tea and Sugar" train.
23.11.1984Recoded "OPB".
1997Withdrawn from service due to termination of the Tea and Sugar train.
2004Sold to Australian Loco & Railway Carriage Company [cp 1.2005].
8.2010"Expressions of Interest" called by Australian Locomotive and Railway Carriage Co for sale.[sm]