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18th October 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.


8649 and 8501 at Werris Creek on 15 October 2019 by Brian Rogers Works Progress On 8649

Works continue towards the planned recommissioning of our second 86 class electric locomotive. 8649 has been at Werris Creek since around July 2000. Currently the locomotive is being prepared to be diesel hauled to Cardiff workshops.

For the transfer all brake systems have to be operational, and to enable this all brake gear on the loco has been removed, overhauled and is being refitted. Similarly the locomotive has been externally cleaned to improve its presentation.

At Cardiff the locomotive body will be lifted off its bogies for a full structural examination. The transfer is expected in the next week or so.

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

The officially preserved cars are as follows:- C 3805 and T 4150 for museum display. S56 - C 3001, T 4101, T 4961 & C 3862 as the official operational preserved set for Transport Heritage/Sydney Trains. S28 - C 3986, T 4050, T 4013 & C 3765 are officially retained as an additional 4 car set held by Sydney Trains. "S1" - C 3861, T4003, T4983 & C 3057 is expected to be the final retained set.

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.

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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