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Victorian Railways 12ft & 20ft portable kits.  Part no. SD012


 These kits are based on plans of the original VR portable that has its origins from 1919 and various updates in 1947 and 1972.  Basically they were a prefab kit that was deposited on site and assembled with 
the minimum of fuss. They were based on the successful VR 20ft Portable station and are basically the same units minus a few features.  The portables both the 20ft and 12ft were used for temporary
 accommodation state-wide to meet housing and crew accommodation shortages and sometimes became permanent fixtures at stations, yards and within the grounds of VR Department Residences. 
They could be found sitting on timber skids or with stumps depending on the climate and White Ant infestations in the area.  Surviving examples around the countryside have outlived their bigger and more
 expensive brothers whilst others have found homes as sheds on farms.

The kit comes with detailed instructions, paint schemes and the choice either using a chimney or not on the 20ft portable.

Left: Finished 12ft portable typical of th1950's-1960's era paint scheme. Right: temporary accommodation for construction gangs in the early 1920's
Left: Surviving example of a 20ft Portable now used by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society. Right: 12ft portable being used as a sleep out in South Gippsland.
Laser cut-etched kit
RRP (GST Incl) $30.00 

Two 20ft portables on the award winning layout Wallan.