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27 Jun 2019
End of the line for S-set trains

Rail workers and their families joined Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance on 27 June to mark the historic retirement of S-Set trains on the Sydney Trains network.

“After more than 40 years of serving millions of train customers in NSW, tomorrow (28 June) will mark the end of an era in the state’s rail history,” Mr Constance said.

“The S-Sets served Sydney well, however our customers rightfully expect modern trains. I am delighted that all 24 Waratah Series 2 trains are now in service, with another 17 on the way from next year - which is why we can now retire the S-Sets.

“The great news is this means 100 per cent of the train fleet will now be air-conditioned, ensuring our customers don’t feel the heat during summer.”

Minister Constance joined Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins and rail employees on a farewell run from Central Station across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Lavender Bay.

“When the S-Sets were introduced in 1972, they were among the first double deck trains in the world and considered state-of-the-art. They are an icon of our railways and what better way to farewell them than a trip over the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” Mr Constance said.

Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins said: “we’re proud of the history and evolution of railways in NSW, which is why a total of fourteen S-Set carriages will be preserved.”

The final revenue S-Set service will run on the T7 Olympic Park Line on 28 June.

A special public farewell to the S-Sets will take place during a Transport Heritage NSW event on 21 July.