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13th July 2019
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We hope you enjoy your visit and trust that you will find something of interest to you. There will always be something new for electric train enthusiasts here so please bookmark our site and come back often.


C 3001 on S54 at near Redfern on 27 June 2019 by Ethan Jones S-SET FAREWELL EVENT


SETS, in conjunction with Sydney Trains and Transport Heritage, will be operating the S-set farewell enthusiasts' tour from 12:30 pm Sunday 21st July 2019. The trip will be 6 hours long and will depart from Central and conclude at Strathfield. The trip will include North Sydney Car Sidings and many other destinations. This will be the very last revenue service S-set operation. See our tour page for details.

A major announcement is expected to be made on the day. While SETS has been working with Sydney Trains on this event for the last 12 months, we also apologise for the limited notice, due to circumstances beyond our control.

The day will include a separately ticketed media-spectacle triple parallel-run in the morning (not involving SETS) with the preserved Sydney Trains red set, the S-set we are using in the afternoon, and the newest Waratah set B24. See HERE for more information on the other event.

Premier Neville Wran on C 3001 at Bondi Junction on 23 June 1979 S-set Preservation !

We have received many enquiries about the preservation of S-set cars. Currently the officially preserved cars are as follows:- C 3805 and T 4150 for museum display. C 3001, T 4101, T 4961 and C 3862 as the official operational preserved set for Transport Heritage/Sydney Trains. C 3986, C 3765, T 4013, T 4050 are officially retained as an additional 4 car set held by Sydney Trains. Retention of a further 4 car S-set remains work in progress.

Eastern Suburbs Railway - Automatic Fare Collection booklet issued on 23 June 1979 40 Years of the Eastern Suburbs Railway !

From the SETS archives and the era of dial-up internet, we re-present our 1999 SETS web-site special ESR anniversary feature pages showing booklets, tickets, STN and some images from the opening day on 23rd June 1979.

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 and HCVA excursions. SETS have arranged a new production run of magnetic-stripe Excursion Day-Rover tickets as illustrated. SETS is now able to issue and validate magnetic-stripe tickets, to both the public and enthusiasts, on our special event bus and train excursions.

The reintroduced STATS system and our new ticket stock was first trialed on the HCVA's MAN midi night wharves tour held on 28th June 2019. This was the first time since 1st August 2016 where Sydney bus passengers could use magnetic stripe tickets in a green machine. The original equipment was reinstalled in the preserved MAN 3683 bus by SETS.

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.


8606 Is Back In Action Again

Images of SETS 8606 following reactivation.



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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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