- Also a reminder that a four car C-Set is planned to preserved by SETS for now at least. It would be great if they could take the doors off of C9 and refit them on their chosen cars.
That is a great idea but I doubt that SETS will acquire any more electric carriages due to their focus on locomotives.
SETS have given very little attention to their current suburban carriage stock in the past 10 years, only 3 of their carriages are stored undercover at Bilpin while the rest are rusting away at Molong and Chullora. Their U sets have faced a much better fate with all but one stored undercover. Rather than spend money on new stock they should spend that money moving their current stock undercover rather than on paddocks and abandoned sidings.
Almost all of their plans are on the locomotives, 8649 is fairly close to completion and once it is operational 8644 will be reactivated as a spare. I have also heard that plans are being made to reactivate 8501, however this would be quite expensive and would require far more work than any of the 86s.
I believe in most cases the scrappers have a contract to scrap all carriages and to not sell any, this would also be a major hurdle.
I do not mean for this to be a attack at SETS, they have great objectives and plans but they do have some substantial problems
For all the people that will say "if you want them to take more care of their stock then help them out", I would help them but due to time restrictions and my age (or lack of) I cannot.