Current Status: 100% Restored / Mainline Operational
Type: Evan’s Suburban (80 First class seats)
Gauge: 1,065mm gauge (3ft 6in)
Built in 1911 for the Brisbane suburban network, this style of carriage was known as the ‘Evan’s cars’ after the Railway Commissioner of the time. But some people preferred to call them ‘Dog boxes’.
AU 739 is a very special carriage in that it is the only surviving carriage from the train involved in Queensland’s worst train crash in 1947, the ‘Camp Mountain’ accident.
The complete history of this accident is available for reading in the Cotton Vale building.
The carriage was retired from regular service in 1987, moved to Warwick in 2001.