DP13 – Restoration of a burnt out railmotor
DownsSteam Restoration Project
DownsSteam was contracted to restore DP13 on behalf of a private owner who recognised DP13's potential, despite the severe fire damage. An "art-deco" theme was chosen and the railmotor was named "Gatsby Flyer". In 2014 DP13's charred remains were transported from Burnie Tasmania to our Drayton Station and Workshop Precinct near Toowoomba. Once DP13 landed our dedicated team of volunteers set about rebuilding DP13 from the ground up. Some of the work involved included: a fully rebuilt frame, all new aluminium sheeting (specially sourced and imported by Moore Trailers), new seats, new wood panelling, repairs to the driving consoles, all new electrics and lighting, new tyres (imported from South Africa), overhaul of the power bogie and Gardner Diesel engine, new windows, installation of a lavatory and a fully customised air-conditioning system.