A look back [2012] – L516 wiring and fitting electrical work

The great thing about working at Eveleigh is the broad range of skill sets and age groups that you come across.

Electrical engineering student Brad Benson joined the project to help complete the wiring and electrical fit-out of the car, and was quick to master some new skills. The fan and berth circuits were drawn through behind pressed metal mouldings and timber panelling.

L516_DecemberWiring_01      L516_DecemberWiring_02

Pretty soon, we were starting to put the whole show back together for the first time in several years, and the TAM is another step closer to being completed. Timber discs for the lights were sanded and undercoated ready for re-fitting roof lights in the compartments.


A common misconception is that these car rooves are “white”. In fact the original colour is “Manilla”, Australian Standard Y45, which is a slightly yellow tinted colour. With Brad’s help, the high gloss has returned to the inner rooves of L516 (really TAM502) for the first time in many decades.


Meanwhile, dining car AB91 provides some good ideas for how to light the gutted end of L516.

L516 (Existing):    L516_DecemberWiring_05

AB91:                      L516_DecemberWiring_06

Chris is keen to see what might look good.

L516_DecemberWiring_07     L516_DecemberWiring_09     L516_DecemberWiring_08

But I think we better sleep on this one.


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