ETB 6039 Single Deck Interurban Trailer Car
About the exhibit
CLASS ETB .Single Deck Interurban Trailer Car 1st Class
Built 1959; this type of car was used on the Blue Mountains until the retirement of single deck interurbans in the early 1990s.
ETB 6039 was transferred by deed to the former Rail Transport Museum (now Transport Heritage NSW) by the then State Rail Authority.
This car is now used as the theatrette for the Valley Heights Rail Museum.
Transport Heritage NSW trading as Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
ETB 6039 is one of the last former first class interurban trailers in near original state. This car has the unique ETB partition that separated the small Non Smoking compartment from the rest of the car. Note this car also retains the original style seating.
ETB 6039 entered service in 1959 as a first class trailer car prior to the change to "one-class" in 1974. The main features of first class cars was blue upholstery as opposed to green in second class, provision of ashtrays in the long smoking saloon and provision of carpet strips along the aisle and between the seats. This car retains the original style seats, although they are of green upholstery of second class.
Text from Single Deck Interurban Cars, © Sydney Electric Train Society. Used by permission
This exhibit is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register which contains additional information about the exhibit.
Built: Commonwealth Engineering Granville NSW
Number in class: 20
Entered service: 30/11/1959
Length over pulling faces: 67' 6" (20.57 m)
Passenger seating: 64 persons
20 similar cars in service as second class -- code TF
More information and photos
Single Deck Interurban Cars (Sydney Electric Train Society), accessed 2020-11-24
New South Wales U set, Wikipedia, accessed 2020-11-24