Sunday, December 02, 2012

Learning the Sydney Electric Trains

An unfinished post. Sydney train types are very complicated, for more so than I initially thought. I went on to do Melbourne's suburban trains instead, which were much easier. Don't take the names below as being correct.

The very reliable Red Rattler which saw service from 1926 until 1993.

 The Tangara, introduced
Millenium
Oscar
Waratah

8 comments:

  1. Ah, the red rattlers, those were the days. The doors either wouldn't open or wouldn't shut, the windows the same, no airconditioning other than whatever the outside air and wind provided and the moveable seats wouldn't move and would eventually get stuck at strange angles. The only negative they didn't have was graffiti.

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  2. Victor, while at times it is very nice to wallow in nostalgia, the old trains are not part of it. Ours never seemed very clean either. There is more to cleaning than sweeping the floors.

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  3. Colin7:49 am

    Sydney trains!!!!
    The Tangara is horrible and most uncomfortable - built to contain as many squashed people as possible - worse than what cattle endure on their cattle trains!
    The "Intercities" from Sydney to Newcastle are horrendeous as well.
    The "old red rattlers" at least rarely seemed to break down also, as Victor correctly points out, they were cleaned at the Redfern yards and they were graffiti free.
    Anyone who can now find a clean train in either Sydney or Brisbane these days, should be awarded the "AC"!!!
    The excuse - "No Water"!!! But the reason is, they could save money by getting rid of the cleaning people. So the water sheds at Mayne Railway yards are now just sitting idle and collecting dust! Best if I get off my "high horse" on this subject, I am likely to explode - ha ha!

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    1. Colin, you knowledge of Sydney trains exceeds mine. Train washing should involve recycling water. I know Melbourne's trams are washed with tank water using a gurney.

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  4. I love my memories of those old red rattler trains. Modern trains are okay, smoother and quieter, but when today's generations are grandparents, will they evoke the same type of nostalgia?

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  5. For sure River, they won't. No one will mourn them. We are soon to lose our first 'new' trams and trains from the early eighties and no one will care.

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  6. It would be the Red Rattler for moi Andrew, not as fast or comfortable but oh so much more exciting I bet!!

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    1. Give me air conditioning any day Grace.

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