Friday 20th Sep, 2019

Sydney’s last S-set train retired

Photo: Andrew Constance MP / Twitter

After more than four decades in operation the last of Sydney’s S-set train fleet has been retired, meaning all of Sydney Trains’ rollingstock is now air-conditioned.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins and NSW transport minister Andrew Constance joined rail workers and their families on a farewell run from Central station across the Harbour Bridge to Lavender Bay on June 27, ahead of the final revenue S-set service on the T7 Olympic Park Line on June 28.

Among the first double deck trains in the world, the S-sets first hit Sydney’s railways in 1972. Most of the stainless steel electric multiple units were manufactured in Granville by Comeng, while others were built in Broadmeadow by A Goninan & Co.

“We’re proud of the history and evolution of railways in NSW, which is why a total of fourteen S-sets will be preserved,” Collins said. Transport Heritage NSW will hold a special public farewell on July 21.

Constance called the fleet’s retirement “the end of an era,” saying the S-sets had become an “icon of our railways” and had served Sydney well.

“However, our customers rightfully expect modern trains,” Constance said. “I am delighted that all 24 Waratah Series 2 trains are now in service, with another 17 on the way form next year, which is why we can now retire the S-sets.”

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