The members’ Strathfield to Wyong tour up from the intended Super-6
Saturday 27 March 2021
Story by Jayde Emmett
Saturday 27th of March saw the designated 8 heritage S set cars run on the Sydney Trains network once more.
The consist for the day was S56 being cars C3862, T4101, T4961 & C3001 as well as S28 being made up of cars C3765, T4050, T4013 & C3986, a little more than the initial super 6 idea for the day, but a great train nonetheless. After more than 5 months in the making the train finally pulled into strathfield station at 9:52am to pick up volunteers and their invited guests for a day trip, a first in recent years for HET.
After setting off on the main towards the city, the train made its way to Wyong via Chatswood running over the harbour bridge and being captured by several gunzels. An interesting part of the trip was running over the new alignment approaching Chatswood station, which was only commissioned days before the tour. Travelling north to Wyong via the shore, photostops were had at Cowan, Hawkesbury River, Gosford and Lisarow where the day’s passengers were able to capture the train in an unusual location which was certainly an odd experience.
Leaving the metropolitan network behind, the train snaked around Mullet Creek and after racing through Woy Woy
tunnel. Volunteers were able to get a sneak peak into the new Kangy Angy maintenance centre, thanks to the slow roll by courtesy of the driver before arriving at Wyong where the train paused for half an hour.
At Wyong, lunch was hastily purchased and soon, the train was headed off back to Sydney loaded with its merry bunch of passengers. The train found itself resting at Gosford once more, this time for 25 minutes. This allowed for a group photo of all the volunteers that showed up for the day who had worked on the mammoth W3 project to be taken.
Soon after, however, the train found itself heading back to Sydney, this time making stops at Point Clare, Mount Kuring-Gai, Thornleigh and Denistone, passing many gunzels and climbing up Cowan Bank. Overall, the day was fantastic and finally gave volunteers a run on the network just for themselves to relax and enjoy the day.
Another benefit of the tour is that the 8 cars that ran on the day are now good to run for another 12 months which could see a future tour. Many thanks go to the HET board who made the day possible. The tour, although not the “Super 6” set as initially intended, was very enjoyable nonetheless
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Last Edited 19 September 2021