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86 Class Electric Loco hauled train
to Port Kembla and Richmond.


Photograph by Matthew Doyle 28/03/03

Come and glimpse the great vision of our forefathers for NSW railway electrification. Experience some of the major electrification and motive power achievements of the 1980s, with a fun day out riding behind our 86 class electric loco on board a vintage train.

Built by Commonwealth Engineering of Granville N.S.W., with Mitsubishi Electrical Equipment, for the State Rail Authority of NSW, locomotive 8606 was delivered on 12th September 1983, and entered service on 21st September 1983. It had a short operational life of barely 19 years before retirement on 30th June 2002. It was sold by Pacific National to SETS for preservation on 21st February 2003.

Our all day tour will feature 8606 hauling a consist of vintage carriages with lift-up windows. Our route will cover some suburban, interurban and goods lines that have not often seen electric locos. Relive the lost days of electric locomotive hauled passenger trains. It will be an enthusiasts event not to be missed.

Additional highlights of the trip will include Enfield, Olympic Park and the City Railway (underground). Numerous photo stops have also been allowed along the route.

Our tour will commence with a 7:50 am departure from Central with pick-ups at Strathfield (8:04) and Lidcombe (8:10), proceeding to the Illawarra line via Bankstown, with another pick up at Hurstville (9:05). We then travel to Port Kembla where there is a break of 30 minutes while the loco changes ends. We then return to Thirroul for a 40 minute lunchbreak.

We next proceed to Enfield via Meeks Road junction and the goods lines, and on to Olympic Park. We then go to the Richmond Branch via the main west and Blacktown. There is a break of 30 minutes while the loco changes ends again and then we proceed back to traverse the City Circle. The train then travels around the Bankstown line to conclude at Sydenham around 7:10 pm. Setdowns commence at Blacktown (5:07) on the return trip, and also include Granville, Lidcombe, Strathfield (various), Central, City Circle, Ashfield, Regents Park, Bankstown and Campsie.

THE PRE-BOOKED FARES ARE: Adults $94, Concessions $79 and Children (5-18 years) $47. Family fare (see form) $170.

Buffet car attached. Light refreshments available on the train.

A Booking Form is available to print out and mail with your payment.

For further information, please call our Infoline on (02) 9526 1864, email us or write to:

The Bookings Officer
SETS Tours
PO Box 275

Broadway NSW 2007

If you would like to be notified when our next tour is announced
please email us.

In the meantime take a look at the list of PREVIOUS SETS TOURS
A complete list of all our tours from the beginning of SETS in 1992.

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