OVERLAND CARS - SJ284, JTA6 and CLUB 1
SJ 284 - Dorai - SLEEPER CARRIAGE
SJ 284 is a ten compartment, steel bodied, air-conditioned twinette sleeper carriage which was built in the South Australia Railways Workshop at Islington as joint stock for The Overland running between Melbourne and Adelaide. It entered service in December 1950 and was originally given the name Dorai.
About 1955 the carriage was fitted with Bradford Kendall (BK) bogies and in 1970 it was converted to head-end power.
In June 1972 the carriage was sold to VR, renumbered to No.14 Sleeper and repainted into VR blue livery. It entered service on the overnight Vinelander between Melbourne and Mildura in November 1972. After the split up of VR in 1983 the carriage was subsequently renumber to SJ 284 and repainted into orange V/Line livery.
The Carriage remained on the Vinelander until the service was withdrawn in 1993. Since then it has been in storage until VicTrack allocated custody of the carriage to Seven-0-Seven Operations in early 2011. The carriage has undergone a complete service and repair of corrosion damage at our Newport workshops and over 2021 was repainted into Overland maroon. SJ284 features on our Slow Rail Journey weekends.
JTA6 - Kuldalai - SLEEPER CARRIAGE
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CLUB 1 - LOUNGE CARRIAGE
Club Car No. 1 was built by the South Australian Railways at Islington Workshops as one of three club cars to compliment accomodations on 'The Overland'. The carriage contains a bar, kitchenette, crew room and seating capacity for 43 first class passengers.
In 1995, ownership of Club 1 was transferred to V/Line, with the carriage being repainted into the V.R heritage livery, matching Parlour Car 'Norman' and Dining Car 'Avoca'. When repainted, Club 1 given the name 'Victoria'.
In 2004, 'Victoria' was repainted into the V/Line Red, White and Blue colour scheme and continued service for special use.
Club Car 'Victoria' was allocated to Seven-O-Seven Operations Inc. in 2017 for use on mainline tours.
After being repainted into its original maroon 'Overland' livery in 2021, Club Car No. 1 often serves as the heart of passenger accomodation on mainline overnight and day tours, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer as well as a selection of snacks.
Revised: 19 June 2022