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
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.