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Welcome to the SETS Library. Use this section as a reference to the resources related to electric trains that are available through the society. We have historical articles, technical documents and indices available online, plus books, documents and our journal Under the Wires, available through the SETS Shop. Some of the links below will take you to other sections of this site.


  • NSWGR Centenary Publicity - 1955 Leaflets
  • ::new::Eastern Suburbs Railway ... A Reality! Film on the Eastern Suburbs Railway made for its opening on 23rd June 1979
  • SRA Trackfast Television Commercial - circa 1982 Freight services 60s commercial

  •  Articles

  • SAR Class 1E electric locomotive - Metrovick 46 class design origins
  • The Sputnik Cars - Prepared by Stephen Halgren.
  • Notes on Double Deckers - Prepared for the Double Decker History Tour (14th February 1998) by John Horne.
  • The Granville Disaster - The story of New South Wales' worst rail accident.

  •  Books

  • Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd. 1899 - 1949 by John Dummelow M.A., A.M.I.E.E. Metrovick was the major British electrical engineering industrial firm that supplied traction equipment to the NSW Government Railways from the mid-1920s to 1960. This included for all single-deck suburban electric cars, u-set interurban electric cars and the 46 class electric locomotives. This book was produced for the firm's golden anniversary in 1949. It details the early history up until the early post WW2 period. Its 250 pages were originally digitised by Jim Lawton around 2008. Select "The Book" from main menu page and use the links on the Contents page or navigation buttons at top right of each book page to move through the book.

  •  Documentation

  • NSW Electric Locomotives Documentation - A complete index of the operating and technical manuals produced for NSW electric locomotives available to SETS' archives. A number of these are available for download (in Acrobat PDF) from this site. Some full resolution printed versions are available for sale through the SETS Shop.

  •  See also:
  • Under the Wires index - A complete list of issues of SETS' newsletter. Current and back issues in print form are available for purchase.

  • SETS Fleet Listing - Descriptions and histories of the vehicles that comprise the society's fleet of electric rollingstock.

  • The SETS Shop - A selection of books and locomotive manuals reprints are available through the SETS Shop, in addition to a variety of related merchandise.

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