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13th June 2019
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8649 new at Lithgow in 1985 SETS 8649 To Be Reactivated To Join 8606 !

SETS and Pacific National have agreed to reactivate a second 86 class electric locomotive - 8649 - with the project now underway.

8649 has been stored outside at Werris Creek for many years and it is planned to commence preparatory works at the Werris Creek Maintenance Centre run by Progress Rail (Pacific National's maintenance contractor). The loco will then be moved to Cardiff workshops for underframe examination and test powering-up. The project will involve SETS personnel, Pacific National staff, Progress Rail staff and specialist firms.

8649 is considered to be in fair condition overall but it will need overhaul of some major equipment items, including some rotating machinery and brake system components. The locomotive was last operated in 1997 and thus the project will be a significantly bigger undertaking than the relatively quick initial reactivation of 8606, which had been stored indoors since 2003.

New SETS magnetic-stripe tickets SETS To Introduce Magnetic-Stripe Ticketing On Tours !

Sydney's magnetic-stripe ticketing system and TravelPass will continue in operation on SETS excursions. We have arranged a new production run of magnetic-stripe Excursion Day-Rover tickets as illustrated. As at May '19 four sets of AES-Prodata equipment have currently been recommissioned - three on motor-omnibuses and one stand-alone system for railway use. These will enable us to issue and validate magnetic-stripe tickets on future SETS bus and train tours.

While not a SETS event, the HCVA is running the MAN midi night wharves tour. This will be the first event since August 2016 where Sydney bus passengers can use magnetic stripe tickets in a green machine. All patrons will be issued with newly reprinted Newcastle time tickets to use on boarding. The vintage equipment was installed in preserved MAN 3683 by SETS personnel. Opal cards will not be accepted !

New PO Box SETS email address has changed

PLEASE NOTE: Any email enquiries should be sent to the new address . The old address is no longer active.


The SETS Fleet
8606 Fleet News

Information about SETS' 8606 and events in its life, as currently the only operational electric locomotive in NSW...

In case you are wondering, it has taken the skills of around 30 people from 8 organisations to recommission 8606 and keep it in service. Our thanks to everyone who has helped, particulary to Pacific National, Progress Rail, Lithgow Railway Workshops and SETS members and volunteers. Also thanks to all our supporters and photographers. Yes, a passenger trip is being worked on.

5022 The SETS Fleet

View the history and current status of the vehicles in the SETS Fleet. This section includes updated information about the Electric Multiple-Unit passenger cars, plus details of electric locomotives 4615, 4627, 8501, 8606 and 8649.



Trackfast Commercial
NSWGR Centenary Leaflets

Reproductions of a series of double sided publicity leaflets from the Centenary of NSW Railways in 1955.

Trackfast Commercial Trackfast Television Commercial

Uncovered from the vaults, we present an original television commercial for the NSW Railways. Broadcast in NSW during 1982, it showcases the freight service provided by the then State Rail Authority.




Unique Opportunity
Melbourne Hitachi Buy Yourself a Train Carriage!

SETS member John Horne offers to transfer one these withdrawn Melbourne electric Hitachi carriages to your property

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