Scott and Jocelyn McGregor with their daughters Frances and Stephanie and friend Madeleine Waller say goodbye to their guard van.
Scott and Jocelyn McGregor with their daughters Frances and Stephanie and friend Madeleine Waller say goodbye to their guard van. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Renovated train carriage sells

NOT many teens take the night train to go to bed.

For years this little treasure, an old renovated guard van, sat in the backyard of the McGregor family home as a teenage bedroom for eldest daughter Jessie.

Dad, Scott said he came across the carriage from a work colleague who bought one to do up as an outhouse.

With six children, the kids outgrew the family home so Scott decided to buy one so Jessie could have her own space.

He spent six months removing the steel and another six months on renovations, at a cost of about $20,000.

“It was pretty well vandalised...we put in the toilet and shower and made it more modern and comfortable,” he said.

“It’s been a big part of our family growing up.

“It’s the most magnificent teen bedroom.”

Scott said the carriage weighed 11 tonnes and was cyclone and bomb-proof.

It was always a “real talking point” and was a great novelty.

“People would always say, ‘Wow, you have a railway carriage’.”

But Jessie moved out of home and the carriage became bare so the family decided to sell it.

Real Way sales consultant Ross McAlpine said it was the first time he had ever had to sell a train carriage and was surprised it was snapped up in seven days.

He said he had several calls from people as far away as Clermont and Springsure, but Kabra property owners were lucky enough to be the first, and it sold on Sunday for $27,500.

With a toilet and shower, gas hot water, air-conditioning and a study nook, Ross said the carriage was “totally unique” and fully renovated.

“It’s not something you normally get as a real estate agent to sell,” he said.

Today a crane will be used to lift the carriage onto the back of a semi-trailer to be taken to its new home at a cost of a few thousand dollars.

Ross said the new owners would establish it on their farm.



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