On the 8th November 2007 OTHR investigated some items of rolling stock at Bathurst with the view to using them to form a work train. It was not until 18th February 2010 that we managed to acquire two items (including the NRN) by deed of transfer from ORH and the flat wagon by arrangement with a commercial operator. (photos ©Rick Fletcher - unless noted)
This refrigerated van is to be converted to a work train storage van. It is to be repainted in the original white paint and used on the work train for secure storage of tools and equipment.
Whilst these vans were never used on the Oberon line, plans are in hand for it to be displayed in the goods siding, when not in use, with an interpretive description of the handling of meat in centres such as Blayney.
Priority: Repaint body and commplete mechanical check.
This wagon was originally an NRN Refrigerated Van - now coded NBTY 22726U (as above although listed by ORH as NBTY 2222U)
A close look at the enlarged photo shows the outline of a "7" in the blank space.
These ‘ice-chilled’ steel-bodied were built to replace the ageing fleet of timber bodied refrigerated vans then in service. They are a very plain looking van with a mansard shaped roof. There are 8 hatches on the roof for the loading of ice. 2 tons of ice was hand loaded for cooling purposes. Later these vans were modified for use as general vans without refrigeration.
Length: 11.58m Tare: 29t Capacity: Gross: 44t (52 cu metres)
Doors: 1.55m by 2.10 m double opening
Bogies: 2CM (YMC) originally, then any bogie exchange type after they were converted to general box vans.