End of the line for S-set trains
27 June, 2019

Rail workers and their families took part in a memorable journey across the Sydney Harbour Bridge 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.

The S-Sets served Sydney well, but with all 24 Waratah Series 2 trains now in service and another 17 on the way from next year, Sydney Trains can now retire the S-Sets.

This means 100 per cent of the train fleet will now be air-conditioned, ensuring customers don’t feel the heat during summer.

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.

Transport Minister Andrew 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.

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.

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