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PCP 294 – POWER / OBSERVATION VAN

PCP294 prior to conversion as 6VVCP on the scrap line at Newport. 1989. J.Green.

PCP 294 was built in June 1957 by AE Goodwin in NSW as part of an order for 40 bogie guards vans. It was numbered 6 CP. It was modified at Bendigo North Workshops and re-numbered 6 VVCP in July 1985.

 

 

 

 

PCP294 at Spencer Street after conversion from 6VVCP to 294CP. February 2001. J.Green.In 1987 four vans (including 6 VVCP) were fitted with a walkthrough connection at one end, painted orange and placed into passenger service. The van was re-numbered to 294 CP.

 

 

 

 

PCP294 at Newport. Date?. J.Green.After transfer to the West Coast Railway in 1994 the van was fitted with a diesel generator to provide head end power and re-numbered PCP 294.

 

 

 

 

Since PCP294 arrived at 707 Operations in 2005 a safety fence has been fitted across the wide doors on each side of the cargo area. This allows the doors to be left open when the train is operating providing passengers with an observation area from which to experience the sounds and smells of mainline steam travel.

The exterior of the van has been repainted into red Vintage Rail Travel livery and the interior has been repainted and fitted with wooden tram seats providing passengers with an observation van from which to experience the sounds and smells of mainline steam travel.

PCP294 at Newport. 05/01/2009. P.Dupree. PCP294 interior after repainting. 11/11/2007. J Green.

Last Updated: 07 January 2009

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