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SETS Tours - 8606 Return to the North Tour
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86 Class Electric Loco hauled train
to Newcastle and Richmond.


Photograph by Hugh Burns 12/07/03

Join us for our end of year excursion featuring the return of the 86 class to the North, with a fun day out riding behind our 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 an operational life of 19 years before retirement on 30th June 2002. This trip also celebrates the 20th anniversary of 8606 entering traffic.

Our all day tour will feature 8606 hauling a consist of vintage carriages with lift-up windows. Our route will cover some suburban and interurban lines that have not seen this class of loco for some years. Relive the lost days of electric locomotive hauled passenger trains such as the Newcastle Express, Grafton Express and the Mail Trains. It will be an enthusiasts event not to be missed.

Additional highlights of the trip will include an express return from Newcastle and the City Railway (underground).

Our tour will commence with an 8:20 am departure from Central with pick-ups at Strathfield (8:33) and Hornsby (8:58), proceeding via the main north to Newcastle. Numerous photostops have been allowed to Newcastle. Enjoy the magnificent scenic vistas of the Hawkesbury River on-route. Come and travel on the line right into Newcastle while you can.

After a lunch break in Newcastle we then make an express return to North Strathfield and thence proceed west to Blacktown where we travel via the branch to Richmond. Experience the attractive rural scenery in this corner of western Sydney. Again numerous photostops have been allowed on the branch.

After a 30 minute break at Richmond for the loco to change ends, we return to traverse the City Circle to conclude at Central at 7:16 pm. Setdowns commence at Blacktown (6.05pm) on the return trip, and also include Granville, Lidcombe, Strathfield, Central, and City Circle.

THE PRE-BOOKED FARES ARE: Adults $108, Concessions $91 and Children (5-18 years) $54. Family fare (see form) $200. (For bookings received up to 30th November).

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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