I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get car diagrams of the commonwealth/GSR indian pacific and ghan cars showing interior arrangement, I would be particularly interested in the sleeping cars and latest Platinum cars.
On a related topic, does anyone have the dimensions of the Gold Class twin rooms?
Tried a search but couldn't find them, any pointers greatly appreciated!
Several of the floor plans are on page 26 of John Dunn's "Comeng Volume 3".
These include the SSA Special Service Car, The AR First Class Twinette, the ARJ First Class Roomette, The DF Dining Car, AFC First Class Lounge and CDF Second Class Lounge with Buffet and seating for short distance passengers. The ARM First Class car with luxury compartment is the same as the ARL except that the luxury compartment replaces two standard twinette compartments.
These are small reproductions but are dimensioned and could be enlarged for most uses.
The main thing missing is the BRJ Second class sleeping car.
However, on page 17, there is a drawing of the BRG class Second Class sleeping car.
This is larger, which is just as well because this has dimensions in fett and inches rather than metric which are harder to read.
The BRG was largely the same as the BRJ, certainly the sleeping compartments are the same but the toilets and showers were different. These cars and the DE dining car were built for CR before the Indian Pacific order was placed.
I don't know of any drawing of the BRG as rebuilt to a Platinum Class Car.
However, on the compartment side of the door to the corridor, there is a diagram of the car used as part of the emergency exit instructions. This shows a floor plan and indicates which compartments have a double bed and which have twin beds.
You should be able to talk your way in an photograph this diagram in Sydney, Adelaide or Perth. It worked for me in Sydney.
By comparing the exit diagram with the dimensioned floor plan of the BRG as a second class car, you should be able to calculate the compartment dimensions.
The present lounge cars bear no relationship to the AFC or CDF as built and to my knowledge no drawings have been published ever.