DA-class Covered Van No.4346

South Australian Railways

Broad Gauge


Class operators                                                   South Australian Railways

Provenance                                                         South Australian Railways

Condition                                                             Good

Entered service                                                   May 1923

Entered the museum                                           28th May 1987

Ownership                                                           Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Number in class                                                   71

Length (over coupling points)                             23’ 2’’ (7.06m)

Tare Weight                                                       10 tons 3 cwt (10,152 kilograms)

Load Weight                                                      12 tons (12,000 kilograms)


The 71 vans in this class were built by various builders between 1900 and 1923, and were used for the carriage of goods of non-perishable nature but requiring ventilation. Originally classed A, they were reclassed DA during the 1920s.

No. 4346 was the second last of the series, in May 1923, by the Perry Engineering Co., Mile End. In 1964 it was sent to Gillman Yard for use as a tool van, replacing N.251, until written off. It was placed in the museum on 28th May 1987.

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