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Steamfest 2011 Mystery Object Revealed

Moulding for an interior railway carriage ventilator
Photography © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved

Would you have guessed the mystery rail object on display in the Museum’s marquee at Steamfest this year? Visitors to this event held in Maitland over the weekend of 9/10th April were encouraged to have a go. Congratulations to Ray Hare of Tamworth, NSW, whose answer, a railway carriage ceiling ventilator cover for NSWGR electric Bradfield cars, was the first correct entry drawn.

This pressed metal blank or moulding for an interior railway carriage ventilator was made by Tullochs Limited in Sydney in about 1950. Tullochs built electric railway carriages based on Dr J.C.C. Bradfield’s wide body, all-steel electric carriages in service on Sydney’s electric rail system from 1926 and known affectionately as the “red rattlers”. As well as conceiving Sydney’s electric train network and the city underground Bradfield is also famous for designing our Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Post by Margaret Simpson, Curator

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