Four of these vehicles were built between 1906 and 1909. As the code indicates they provided both first and second class accommodation. Originally coded ABAB, NABAB, NAB in 1910 and finally NB (nos 25 to 27) on removal of first class accommodation.
The cars had six compartments with a swing door either side of each. There was a 5 foot 4½ inch ( 1638 mm) smoking compartment at each end (first class one end, second class the other) with two facing cross benches. Each cross bench seated four people. Next to these was a 3 feet 7½ inches (1105 mm)half compartment with one cross bench for non-smokers. In the middle were two similar compartments for 4 female passengers with access to a lavatory. The two lavatory compartments were side by side across the vehicle's width. The window with the larger panels each side marks one sides lavatory's location.
First-class sections had leather seat covers, the second-class had fine canvass (duck) seat covers. There were running boards for the full length of each side. A clerestory roof ran the length of the car.
The Puffing Billy Railway removed the toilet facilities increasing the capacity to 40 passengers. However with the need to provide additional train accommodation the car had a guard's compartment built in an end compartment. This reduced the capacity to 36. It also resulted in the van being reclassified as NAC, as the NBC classification was in use.
It is a long term plan that one day the guard's compartment will be removed and the vehicle returned to the classification of NB.
|Vehicle Length||29 feet 6 inches ( 8992 mm)|
|Coupled Length||31 feet 8 inches (9652 mm)|
|Width||6 feet 7 inches (2007 mm)|
|Height||9 feet 9 inches (2972 mm)|
|Weight||11 tons fully loaded|
|Built||1906 - 1909|
|In use||1, NAC 26 ex NABAB 3|