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Coach 5551 - a First Class Suburban and Baggage Van

Coach 5551 is a class N-10 First Class suburban and Baggage Van coach with a seating capacity of 48. A total of 12 N-10 coaches were produced and imported to South Africa. According to workshop drawings, the N10 has a tare of 66 460 pounds (the empty weight of just the coach, without any load) and journals (the part of the axel shaft that is supported in the bearing) with a dimension of 9" x 4¼".

Built in 1921, these were imported as two batches of 8 and 4 coaches each. The first batch of 8 was given the numbers 5547 through 5554 and the second batch were designated as coaches 5556 through 5559.


Coach 1893 - the converted lounge car

Coach 1893 originally was a class D-15 First and Second Class Mainline Composite coach. These coaches were built from 1913 right through to 1930, many being produced in South Africa. Our Coach 1893 however was one of a batch of 8 that were imported in 1926. A total of 177 D-15 coaches were used by the South African Railways.

The coach has a tare of 72500 and journals of 10" x 4¼". The coach was only recently changed to a lounge car. Modifications included removal of most of the compartments and coupes, removal of the toilets and cupboards at the middle and the creation of the bar and store room along with benches running along the sides of the one half of the coach.


Line drawing of Coach 1768, a E-13 Second Class Mainline coach.

Coach 1768 is one of two E-13 second Class Mainline coaches used by Atlantic Rail. Both Atlantic Rail coaches have had the Compartments and Coupe at the one end altered. In Coach 1768 this is now a open seating area with chairs. One of the original compartment benches is still in this seating area.

One of a batch of 14 coaches built in 1936 at BFX, it has 11" x 5½" journals and a tare of 79 950. A total of 328 were built for the South African Railways in the period 1933 to 1953, with one aditional exable being built in Durban in 1963.


Line drawing of Coach 4786, a O-26 Second Class Suburban Commuter coach.

Coach 4786 is one of a series of two class O-26 Second Class Suburban Commuter coaches imported in 1920, In total 9 were bought by the South African railways in the years 1911 to 1921. Of these nine, only one was manufactured in South Africa, the rest were all imported.

It has a tare of 69 600 with 9" x 4½" journals.


Line drawing of Coach 1788, a E-13 Second Class Mainline coach.

Coach 1788 is the second of our E-13 Second Class Mainline coaches. As with 1768, this coach also has the end coupe modified. On 1788, work has been started to change the coupe into a shower. The compartment next to the shower has been altered into a open seating area with a fixed table between the benches.

One of a batch of 10 built in 1936 at PRR, it has 11" x 5½" journals and a tare of 79 850.

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