Victorian and South Australian Railways ‘The Overland’

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The Overland has been running the 800 kilometres rail journey between Adelaide and Melbourne since 1926.

From 1949 The Overland moved into the modern era, with new air conditioned Corten steel carriages gradually entering service.

All cars were finished in maroon, with fluted stainless steel panels on each side and a black roof. This livery remained until the 1990s.

Diesel locomotives took over haulage of the train in the 1950s, initially with the South Australian 900 class and Victorian B class but later with 930 class, X class and S classes.

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The maroon sleeping cars from 1949 onwards were given Aboriginal names associated with sleep and dreaming. The 8 roomette cars had the names Allambi, Chalaki, Juki, Mururi, Nankuri, Purpawi, Tantini, and Tarkinji; the 10 twinette cars had the names Dorai, Kuldalai, Malkari, Mokai, Nomuldi, Paiti, Tawarri, Weroni, Yankai, and Yanni.

A major overhaul of The Overland to provide on-board refreshment and beverage services, head-end power supply and club car amenities was cpmpleted by 1971. Nine new cars were constructed including PCO Power cars, CO Baggage cars and three Club cars Three BJ sitting cars were converted to RBJ refreshment cars.