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8606 Returns To The North

   
 

SETS' preserved locomotive 8606 made its maiden tour on Saturday 6th December 2003. This trip saw 8606 recreate the Newcastle flyer with a non-stop journey along the main Northern line. 8606 was also believed to be the first 86-class locomotive to traverse the Richmond line. The following images show the tour train on the day.


 
First thing Saturday morning, 8606 arrives at Sydney Terminal with a consist of six passenger cars. Here 8606 detaches from the train and prepares to run around the train to be ready to depart on the tour.
Photograph by Matthew Doyle
 
 
Having run around the train, 8606 is ready to depart Central for the beginning of the tour.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
The tour train pauses at Hawkesbury River for photographs on the way to Newcastle.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
8606 and the tour train stop at Ourimbah for photos on the way to Newcastle.
Photograph by Matthew Doyle
 
 
Still on the way to Newcastle, the tour train pauses for another photo-stop at Wyong.
Photograph by Matthew Doyle
 
 
S8606 runs around the train at Newcastle while locals participate in a rally nearby to oppose latest proposals to close the line.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
8606 waiting with the train at Newcastle station during the lunch break.
Photograph by Daniel McKee
 
 
3801 Ltd. driver, David Boyd at the controls of 8606 near Flemington.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
The tour train draws into Toongabbie station.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
8606 at the head of the tour train at Quakers Hill station, on the Richmond Branch.
Photograph by Michael McGinty
 
 
Ready to change ends again, 8606 detached from the train at Richmond.
Photograph by Matthew Doyle
 
 
In another historic scenario, 8606 traversed the City Circle. This is believed to be the first, or one of very few, visits to the City Circle by this type of locomotive. 8606 is shown here stopped at Museum.
Photograph by Matthew Doyle
 



 
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