Overhauling a Carriage Part 3: New Battery Boxes

Often overlooked, the battery boxes are an essential part of a well maintained heritage train. While the work is far from glorious, this sort of maintenance work needs to be done.

An old (spare) box in storage at Eveleigh was stripped and metal components treated for corrosion. Due to the years of acidic fumes, the timber was mostly beyond salvage, with new origan planks used in place. The Tuesday work group applied 2 coats of low sheen black paint, and the box was fitted to SFN2182. Who knows when we’ll have to look at this one again?

The cells look pretty snug in there!

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The opportunity was taken to clean the terminals as part of 6-monthly maintenance, which is usually conducted by our Tuesday volunteers.

Pre clean:

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Post clean:

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With the doors fitted, its another job done! Onto the next one.

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2 thoughts on “Overhauling a Carriage Part 3: New Battery Boxes

    1. Neil,
      NSWGR timber and steel body cars are all 24V DC. Its a combination battery and axel-driven generator set-up. Battery supplies power while train is stationary, then generator supplies power and recharges battery when train is moving along above a certain speed. Sounds clumsy but it does work.

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