Yes T4554 is the trailer undergoing (slow) restoration. It should speed up once W3 is finished.
Speaking of the electrics though, not sure how that would work for them out of a base at Chullora.
1 x 6 Car F1 Set (Special charters) - expandable to 8 cars for very special events with the addition of 3102/4279.Thanks for the info.
Just curious, which other 2 cars are being looked at to bump F1 up to 6 cars? I think the HET website mentioned something about T4554. I take it the 6th one will be a motor car?
I actually saw on the Sydney Trains facebook page F1 was used by "Santa" to bring gifts to kids for the Westmead Children's Hospital, a nice gesture. I could totally see the Parcel Van fulfilling that duty one day - Santa's Parcels for Christmas
The extra power car? There's an argument every time I go in there. I've been asked to electrically prepare both the Parcel Van and 7485.
I think the Van has the slightly better chance myself, since both ST and THNSW have shown interest in using it and it last ran in 2002 and has Mitsi switches under it whereas 7485's last outing was ten years' prior and has Metro Vick (for which we have limited spares and those we do have are needed for 3218). Both have floor rust problems although some of the Van's floor has now been cut out. IMO the Van would also serve well as a spare terminal car. THNSW want to use it as a shop during Heritage Expo instead of having to hire in rostra.
HET seem to prefer restoring 7485 as this has a large guards' compartment and would suit as a terminal car. It is widely accepted that 3102 (like 3218) will never feel a driver in it's cab again, although even this was last disputed by ST when I last raised it. I'm reluctant to suggest 7485 though, as this car literally hasn't turned a wheel in 26 years and we will have to lift off and open / completely recondition MG, Compressor and 4 x Motors, something we're just not equipped to do at Redfern but maybe will be at Chullora after the move.
So my guess at the others tonight? 4554 for the Trailer (quite soon) and the Van for the spare terminal car (a bit later). C3102 and T4279 will then follow, potentially making 8 cars or at least six cars with spares.
7485 will probably run one day, but I can't see it happening anytime soon.
Yeah, I was on Santas' sleigh last Friday. It was a bit of a media stunt really, most of the presents went direct to the hospital by truck, we only carried about 3 bags' worth..