Commonwealth Railways Stainless Steel Carriages
In July 1965, Commonwealth Railways placed an order with Commonwealth Engineering in Granville, NSW for eight 75.2 feet (22.92 metres) air-conditioned stainless steel sleeping carriages and one dining carriage for use on the Trans-Australian service.
The first carriages were delivered in July 1966. Commonwealth Railways placed an order in May 1967 for a further 59 carriages in various configurations for use on the Indian Pacific. Further orders saw the fleet grow to a total of 124 carriages of which included 9 HGM power and guards vans numbered HGM202 to HGM205, HGM296 to HGM298, HGM316 and HGM317.
Of the 124 carriages, 60 were jointly owned by the New South Wales Government Railways, Commonwealth Railways and the Western Australian Government Railways for the Indian Pacific and the remainder owned by the Commonwealth Railways for the Trans-Australian service. In 1974 some vans were renumbered for Joint Carriage Stock accounting purposes, so vans HGM202 to HGM204 became HGM902 to HGM904 and van HGM316 became HGM900. In July 1975, all were included in the transfer of Commonwealth Railways to Australian National.
Since 1980, the carriages have been used on The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs. During November 1983 until November 1987, they were used on The Alice from Sydney to Alice Springs. More recently they have been used on The Overland from Adelaide to Melbourne and The Southern Spirit.
In October 1997, all HGM vans were included in the transfer from Australian National to Great Southern Rail.
On the 2nd of December 1999, HGM205 was severely damaged in a rear end collision as part of the Glenbrook rail accident near Lapstone in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney and was scrapped after the accident.
DCC with Sound and Light Modifications
In September 2020, Auscision released passenger carriage sets for the Indian Pacific®, The Ghan®, Southern Spirit® and the Great Southern® which included the HGM Power Vans as part of the sets.
The HGM vans include a 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder, plus a speaker enclosure that suits a 20×40 mm speaker.
There are micro switches under the model for turning the tail lamps on/off in DC. In DCC, all the tail lamps operate directional.
For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 FX (Sound) with our new Custom Sound Project for the HGM Power Vans or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.
We offer a light modification for the Auscision HGM Power Vans to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation
Standard factory lighting has the NSW and Commonwealth Railways red tail lamps in the model all “ON” in the direction of travel, requiring just 2 function lighting outputs in DCC.
Upgraded from the factory standard 2 to 4 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions light modification, where we will separate the front/rear NSW red tail lamps and the front/rear Commonwealth Railways red tail lamps for individual DCC control. This allows you to operate either NSW of CR tail lamps, depending on which passenger service you are running.
The DCC Solutions HGM Power Van Custom Sound Project includes sounds and features not found on other sound decoders,
especially factory fitted sound
Factory Fitted Sound only offers you the very basic sound
So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions
Custom Built HGM Power Van Sound Project
Three Separate GM Detroit Diesel 8V71 Series Diesel Engines
Three Separate Radiator Roof Fans
Speed Sensitive Wheel Squeal
Opening/Closing Goods Doors with Loading/Unloading Parcels
Brake Squeal — Select From Six Different Types
Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical Tail Lamp light operation
Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision HGM Class Power Van Model using the DCC Solutions speaker
Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements
DCC Solutions High Performance Twin Dynamic Speaker producing fantastic sound
DCC INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder with no lighting modifications
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 FX sound decoder with Custom HGM Sound Project-With No light modifications
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade to 4 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate tail lamp lighting for individual function control on your DCC throttle, plus our ESU LokSound 5 FX Custom HGM Class Sound Project
DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5 FX
Note: The above functions are for the LokSound 5 FX Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.
The functions and sounds will be different from any standard generic ESU Sound Files or other Sound Decoders.
To learn how to use these functions, see the Info & Help page.
Auscision HGM Power Van
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications
Now available with a NEW HGM Power Van Custom Sound Project
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:
F1 Goods Doors — Load/Unload Parcels
F3 HGM Power Van-Generator + Radiator Fan #1
F4 HGM Power Van-Generator + Radiator Fan #2
F5 HGM Power Van-Generator + Radiator Fan #3
F7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
F8 Sound On/Off
F9 NSWGR Tail Lamp Front On/Off
F10 NSWGR Tail Lamp Rear On/Off
F11 CR Tail Lamp Front On/Off
F12 CR Tail Lamp Rear
F13 Directional NSWGR Tail Lamps
F14 Directional CR Tail Lamps
F15 Radiator Roof Fans
F18 Wheel Squeal
F19 Guard's Whistle
F20 Volume Control
F21 Volume Fader — Reduces Sound 50%
F23 Wheel Hand Brake
F27 Guard's Door