Railway Carriage, Passenger [A 557 / EA 2681, New Zealand Railways]

New Zealand Railways, Maker

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New Zealand Railways, Maker
Production Date
Rail passenger carriage, wooden body turtleback style with external decorative beading running the length of the carriage above windows. Hand operated external hand brake located on one end of the carriage. Carriage contains single internal alcove located mid-way within the carriage accessible either side by two internal doors. Alcove contains small lavatory, accessible by single door, and a wash basin and drinking water dispenser. Lavatory ceiling decorated with pressed steel ceiling panel painted in white enamel. Lavoratory toilet was serviced by ceiling mounted copper water tank. Single wooden deck with roof overhang either end of carriage accessible by two steps on either side of deck. Two round arch doorways located either end of the carriage accessible via deck. Twelve single rectangular windows run along entire length of carriage (24 in total). Seating areas lit by four ceiling mounted gas lamps.

Second class carriage built in Petone in 1899 and operated until 1953 when it was transferred to the NZR Ways & Works Department and given the number EA2681 (non-revenue generating). Carriage fully retired from service in 1974.

A 557 built 1899 at Petone Workshops (44'0", 2nd class). Reclassified 03/01/1953 to EA 2681. Written off 12/08/1972 at New Plymouth. [source: nzrailwaysrollingstocklists.weebly.com]

Part 2: Water filter/dispenser with lid and waste water drain. Tall cylindrical cream-coloured ceramic container with a clear glaze. There are two handles on either side and an impressed patterned central band. There is a small circular opening a the bottom of the item where a tap would have been affixed to dispense the water. On the front is the text “Cheavin’s / ‘SALUDOR’ (SAFE WATER) / FILTER”. Below is a cartouche with “Drinking water of / Absolute Purity / BRITISH MADE / THROUGHOUT”. “LEADLESS GLAZE” is stamped at the top and “XB” at the bottom above the opening. A small “f” is embossed on the underside of the object. The interior is a receptacle for storing water - originally it would have had a charcoal filter component which is missing. The item has a ceramic domed lid. Possibly a part is missing as the lid does not fit snugly. There is a dark grey metal water drain, which would have the water dispenser sitting on top of it. The object is a round tray with a funnel at the front with a grille and a threaded opening. "1910" is embossed in the centre of the object.
Processed Material/Ceramic/Pottery/Stoneware
Processed Material/Metal
Signature/Marks and Type
PTS.70 Stencilled
TARE.14.7.2 / BCR Stencilled
W&W.ARA.8.70 / EA2681 Stencilled
WB.WG 2 72 [star] / OHL5.63 Stencilled
Cheavin’s / ‘SALUDOR’ (SAFE WATER) / FILTER / Drinking water of / Absolute Purity / BRITISH MADE / THROUGHOUT Printed
f Embossed
1910 Embossed
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Credit Line
New Zealand Railways. 1899. Railway Carriage, Passenger [A 557 / EA 2681, New Zealand Railways], 2017.51. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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