Sydney Trains S Set - Scrapping has recommenced :(

 
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Some shots I've found on flickr. Pretty good illustration of 2 very good looking Comeng cars (3861 and 3912). The key thing to note with these 2 cars is the very good condition of the "face" of the cars where many others over time became susceptible to dents, dings or some other form of patch work. If 2 more Comeng power cars are to be kept as part of the last cars, these 2 should rank highly I think. A set such as C3861-D4003-T4983-C3912 would be very good. Full credit to all the photographers who have shared these photos.

C3861 photos

13 July 2017. C3861 at rear of S56 at Merrylands
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141949213@N06/35134592034/

25 September 2018. C3861 leading S146 on UP through Leightonfield.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bypaulleader/44027030315/

11 April 2019. C3861 (S56) on the left and C3912 (S67) on the right at Macdonaldtown stabling being readied ahead of afternoon peak
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122537078@N08/48145729141/


C3912 photos

02 February 2019. Shows 750D at Allawah station with C3018-T4118-T4157-C3912. This was a special occasion with some filming taking place as S sets haven't run on the Illawarra line since about 2013
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156065180@N05/32095865607/

02 February 2019. S66 with C3912 at Allawah station for filming purposes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasbulic/40524998243/

02 February 2019. S66 with C3912 at Allawah station for filming purposes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasbulic/33598734998/


C3871 photo. This one was part of S135 which ran the last service, but I would not rank it above the 3861 and 3912 in terms of outward appearance/condition

05 March 2019. S135/S2 at Revesby with Waratah B set in background with C3871
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156999320@N03/33594405268/

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  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

S Sets left at Flemington MC:

S28:         C3765-T4050-C3912
S56:         C3001-T4101-T4961-C3862
S61:         C3930-T4030-T4037-C3931
S64:         C3861
S100:       T4013-C3891
S123:       C3971-T4926-T4002-C3986
S135:       C3871-T4003
S140:       C3057-T4141-T4983-C3947

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Based on that list above that is left after the last 24 cars were sent off to scrap today, it could be further narrowed down to something like this:-

S28:         C3765-T4050-C3912
S56:         C3001-T4101-T4961-C3862
S64:         C3861
S100:       T4013
S123:       T4002-C3986
S135:       C3871-T4003
S140:       C3057-T4983

This would give 15 cars, however, you don't need both 4002 and 4003, so one would go (whichever one not in as good condition) and then that would give you exactly 14 cars (16 if you include C3805 and T4150).

The Final Sets could be re-arranged as:-

Set 1:          C3765-T4050-T4013-C3861 (last Comeng suburban power car and one of oldest still operable)
Set 2:          C3001-T4101-T4961-C3862 (currently S56)
Set 3:          C3912-T4003-T4983-C3986 (1st and last Comeng Mk 3 Contract cars)

This would be 12 cars exactly, (14 with C3805 and T4150 included).

If they however do perhaps elect to keep 1 or 2 additional cars beyond the 14 they've said, C3057 could be No. 15 as a second Goninan car and perhaps No. 16 could be C3871 - however based on the photos above showing outward appearance/condition I wouldn't pick C3871 over C3861 or C3912
  C3765 Train Controller

Correction for my previous post. C3915 is part of S123 instead of C3971. C3971 has already been scrapped. I didn’t edit my previous post because nobody would’ve noticed the change.
  C3765 Train Controller

Tomorrow S56 (C3001-T4101-T4961-C3862) and I think S28 (C3986-T4013-T4050-C3765) will be used. I’m not sure if S28 will be used for the 3 Generation Run but it will be coupled to S56 for the afternoon tour. C3001 and C3765 will probably be at each of the ends. On TripView it shows that the 3 generation run will be operated by an 8-Car S Set but it may be a 4 Car S Set, I’m not too sure. Maybe someone else will be able to confirm.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

It ran as S28/S56 with C3986 leading and C3862 trailing the 8 car set. So I guess that's confirmed the 2 retained sets. Will be interesting to see which other cars are retained. That means C3861 and C3912 are by themselves now?
  C3765 Train Controller

It’s now official that the NSW Government will only be transferring 10 S Set Carriages to the State-Owned Heritage Collection, managed by Transport Heritage and operated by Sydney Trains. Those