AL56043 Old Number

Carriages - AL 56043

AL56043 New Number

A1913 Badge AL56043 Badge Class/No: A 1913 Length: 56' 0"
TMS Type/No: AL 56043 Clad: Steel Clad
Year: 1939 State: In Service (Mainline)
Builder: NZR - Otahuhu
Distributed Load: Tare: 26500 kg
Notes: 1939 - 1982 Car
1982 Suburban carvan (AL56043)
Carriage Text: 70km/h

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Russell Wiseman had a long term plan to build a railway group well before Feilding and Districts Steam Rail Society was born. Russell brought A56734, and carvan AL56043 in the early 1990's and stored them at the unused AFCO, rail siding on the outskirts of Feilding. Even while they were stored at AFCO Russell had the frames sand blasted and other minor work done. Once the Gladstone Street depot was open the two carriages were moved, as the AFCO siding was soon to be lifted. Once inside the depot work continued with the help of members, contractors, and PD workers.

AL56043 at AFCO A56734, and carvan AL56043 stored at the AFCO siding.
15 August 1998
A56734 and AL56043
AL56043 by AFCO Shed AL56043 is next to the AFCO siding Shunter shed.
15 August 1998
Inside AL56043 Inside AL56043. The baggage area at the back of the carriage has been fitted out with two toilets.
10 September 2005
AL56043 in Taihape This carriage has been mainline certified and in use since September 2008.
The photo is of the carriage at Taihape, on it's first mainline trip since being recertified.
11 September 2011
AL56043 at Loading Bank Sitting under cover at the loading bank.
5 November 2011
AL56043 at Loading Bank
NZR Emblem It has been decorated with the New Zealand Railways shield.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Inside Inside the carriage from either end.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Inside
AL56043 Scarat Seats Scarat seating within the carriage allows people to choose which way they wish to face, and lets groups to sit together.
The doors to the passenger compartment have a picture of "FSR" over a Wab in profile.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Door
AL56043 Brake Orginally the emergency brake was in the guards compartment which is now where the toilets fitted and this required the emergency brake to be moved into the vestibule.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Brake
AL56043 Loo Two toilets and basins have been installed.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Basin
AL56043 Floor Plate Floor plate.
5 November 2011
AL56043 Badges The Pre TMS and TMS badges have been welded onto the frame. It Pre TMS number is A 1913.
5 November 2011

Have a look at the AL56043 restoration page to see what restoration and maintence has been completed since AL56043 came to FDSRS.

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