The Fearsome 46's - all things 46 class electric loco

  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

I've been meaning to create a thread dedicated to the 46 class along the lines of the U-boat thread. In many ways the 46's and U-boats go hand-in-hand. Both were built at (more or less) the same time as a result of the electrification of the western line over the Blue mountains, both served interurban passenger trains, both were finally retired in 1994 - 1996.

Personally i don't have too many memories of the 46's, apart from one or two stand out ones considering the fact I was still very young when the last of them were withdrawn in January 1996. However some of those memories included seeing them at Lidcombe, particularly at night, heading in the direction of the city from Auburn on the main up through Lidcombe station with a long trail of goods/freight, etc, the locos typically looking dirty in the old tuscan livery with yellow whiskers or candy scheme. The other memory which sticks in my mind was heading back west from the city at around 5:30 - 6pm when it was already pitch black. On this occasion I was in the front power car (Comeng) on an S-set which was a limited stops suburban (redfern, burwood, strathfield, lidcombe, etc) and our train, which seemed to be going faster than usual on this occasion parallel raced a pair of 46's (light engine movement) from Redfern to Burwood. I remember them emerging from the darkness and overtaking our train somewhere around Newtown then our train overtook the 46's in return. The same exchange happened once more as both trains went through Stanmore to Lewisham and then the 46's passed us by one more time around Ashfield and they were long gone by the time my train pulled in to stop at Burwood and the stations that followed. At the time