East Coast Heritage Rail (formerly 3801 Ltd) office carriage C3704 was moved last night from Eveleigh, sold to a private owner on the NSW North Coast. Some info and photos of the car being loaded onto a truck. In case some people are wondering why it's not there any more. It was moved due to plans by Mirvac to re-develop the site. I assume this is probably connected with the sell off of the site which ultimately will fund plans for the Chullora Heritage Hub (correct me if I'm wrong)It was bought by the son of the ex wash plant operator from Mortdale Car Sheds. It is now used for storage on a farm west of Taree.
Did the rattlers of the mid / late 20s onwards have electropneumatic brakes fitted or they did they have just basic automatic or straight air too ? Also were the bradfield cars later fitted out with EP or did they work on just automatic till the end ? CheersStandard Sydney Red Sets operate as standard Westinghouse automatic, however they also have an "EP (electropneumatic) Holding" feature.
Does anyone know if these wooden bodied cars still exist? They are one of the last few survivors aside from the preserved cars C3045, C3082 and T4279.Wooden cars both at Rothbury.
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A lot of Single Deck cars still remain at Chullora so could they still be there?
That's great. I was hoping they'd do something for the Carlingford line before it shuts down with either F1 and/or CPH Rail Motors because both these types of trains were highly prominent on that line during various times in history. Quite remarkable what has happened with electric heritage trains in the last 4-5 years. Based on older posts on these boards 8-10+ years ago if you told people not to worry and that things would be like this in 2019 eyes would probably water up. Not to get too off topic but I believe SteamRail Victoria has got/will get a huge funding package to return their "red rattler" to running condition for tours next year, so maybe they are where things were here in c. 2015. Some there are hoping one day their electric loco (L1162) will also run again.Our Victorian counterparts are planning to catch up on us with the Tait, yes - thanks to a $1.5m heritage grant from the feds. Now they have given them some dosh, we have some ammo to get them to give us some too.. hopefully to be put towards restoration of our U Boat.
Our Victorian counterparts are planning to catch up on us with the Tait, yes - thanks to a $1.5m heritage grant from the feds. Now they have given them some dosh, we have some ammo to get them to give us some too.. hopefully to be put towards restoration of our U Boat.
They intend to use the Tait to operate a semi regular service to/from Puffing Billy. I really don't see how that's sustainable for any kind of heritage rolling stock myself, such an operation would be prohibitively expensive to maintain and need a whole fleet of Tait trains to operate reliably. Unlike here (and especially after the fire), they don't ecactly have a lot of spare Tait sets lying around to help build a fleet.
The 750v control voltage of the Tait is going to give them some headaches as far as standards are concerned. They may need to reconstruct the electrics to work on something more respectable and conventional.
Here in NSW, its hard to focus when just about every weekend there's either a F1 trip running, a work day on W3 or some other sort of thing going on. At least in Victoria they don't have all these distractions.
Between HET/ST/THNSW and SETS/it's members you could essentially form 2 x 4 car sets with all original windows and a 3rd 4 car set and close to a handful of spare beclawat power cars. Quite amazing that many were purchased. A lot of people just seem to really love those trains which is also evidenced back in the steam days when it was not uncommon for a steamer to haul a u-boat tour train beyond the wires. Interesting also with the New Regional Rail Fleet being part electric, if ever these somehow were to influence a push for extension of the wires beyond Lithgow or Kiama, I'd assume a U-boat would be able to fit through/go wherever a NRRF train could go under the wires based on size/clearances. More wires may not happen...but interesting none the less what the potential could be with a running set.The only way a second standard set would see the light of day is if something like the North Sydney High Line project gets funded and is successful. That would require a separate set to be restored and used specifically for that purpose. It HAS been discussed.
It's interesting to note that nobody has put their hand up to run anything using the recently preserved S Set.
Wooden cars both at Rothbury. Yellow "Bugsy" ex HMC is at Molong. Not sure about the Tulloch DD.
With all the recent fire activity at bilpin, does anyone know if the SETS storage area and carriages survived, it would be a shame if they got burnt outThere has been no information yet, and will most likely not come anytime soon. There has been nothing from SETS in over a month!