Restoration of a WAGR Goods Van
During 1994 the BBR was able to purchase from the Midland Workshops "Salvage" a grounded D van body which had been in use there for some time as Explosives storage.
It was later delivered to the Mussel Pool depot and restoration was commenced. It was intended that the van should be ready for the Oct 94 Enthusiast Day, however with other rollingstock requirements needing completion, work on D33 stalled.
D33 was released to traffic in March 1995 and it saw use on occasional Sunday steam services that year and later increased the size of BBR's demonstration freight train for Enthusiast Day Oct 1995.
It is an "Unfitted" vehicle meaning that it has no Vacuum Brake cylinder for Train Brake operation, although it is "Piped Through". This means that at all times when in use it must have suitable braking power attached in the form of another Fitted/Braked wagon.
This D van is the only ex WAGR D van still in use today, albeit with wheels a little closer together (2ft) than its original 3ft 6inch design. Often seen in use on work trains and occasional demonstration freight trains or when members just want to play trains.
Late in 2009 the midweek crew commenced repainting some of the freight wagons on the BBR including some much need repair work on D33 - a new tin roof was applied and then a full repaint was commenced with the midweek creek painting the 3 sides of the van in Indian red and then Peter Monkhouse volunteered to repaint the authentic WAGR "McPhersons" advertising sign.
In March 2010 Peter completed the repainting of the D Van "Mc Phersons" Advertising Sign.
Excellent Work Peter!
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