Possible Survival of Car C 3748
One of the cars sent to Chullora may actually have survived it’s fate at Chullora! After the cars were sent to Chullora and lined up in the order Scott has outlined above, the cars were scrapped one by one in the order they were in except for one carriage; C3748. A post on Facebook from a while ago showed car C3748 alone at Chullora with the caption claiming it was the final car but according to the order they were lined up, it wouldn’t have been the last car as C3871 was behind it, unless it was set aside. Perhaps somebody realised that they needed a spare motor car or whatever and decided to organise a last minute rescue similarly to T4150. Another detail I caught was the absence of scrap metal lying around the lone car indicating time had passed since the destruction of the car before. I don’t think they cleaned up after every carriage was destroyed and even if they did after a few, why would they leave one car? Why not finish them all and then clean. I think the only reason the user was even able to take a photo of what they thought was the final car was because the carriage had been left there otherwise the chances would’ve been slim. The post alone doesn’t really prove anything but the evidence that got me thinking about this was the inclusion of “C 3748” in the list of heritage carriages published in January of this year. It was listed with the other 14 preserved cars.
This carriage in particular, has somehow managed to avoid being scrapped on multiple occasions before and may have done so again. Initially this carriage was on S28, however when this set was withdrawn it stayed behind at FMC, out of sight with two of its pals while the rest of S28 and a couple other sets were sent to Chullora. It continued to stay hidden for months after its withdrawal and watched the rest of the cars retire from service. Even after the retirement of all S-Set cars, C3748 was not sent with the other cars to Chullora and instead remained at FMC. Later in the year, more than 6 months after its retirement, it finally left FMC as part of the final 15 carriages to Chullora.
I have just checked the list again and have realised there may have been a swap of cars. Car C 3861 previously thought to have been on Set S1 is no longer on the list and carriage C 3814 has made it on to the list.
The current list found on the 17th version of the TOC manual has the following cars under “Sydney Trains - Heritage Train/ double deck suburban cars”
C 3001, C 3057, C 3805, T 4101, T 4150, C 3748, C 3765, C 3862, C 3896, T 4003, T 4013, T 4050, T 4961 and T 4983.
This poses two questions.
1. Does C 3748 still exist?
2. Where is C 3861?