Brake Van No. 4074

South Australian Railways

Broad Gauge


Class operators: South Australian Railways

Condition: Good

Entered service: 29.5.1919

Entered the museum: 1.4.1995

Ownership: History Trust of South Australia

Provenance: South Australian Railways


4074 was built in 1919 by the South Australian Railways as a composite brake van with accommodation for 20 second class passengers. It was one of 62 similar brake vans that were used at the rear of goods trains.

Passenger compartments are located either end of the vehicle, with two bench seats in each compartment. Entry into each compartment is by an outward opening side-loading door, with no access to the goods area located between the passenger compartments. Luggage racks are provided above each seat.

The goods area is divided evenly by a central guard’s compartment fitted with an observation lookout. The brake van was never fitted with a toilet or washroom.

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