For the S-set lovers, the Trolley Wire June 1980 issue is an interesting read, link to pdf below:-https://www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au/members.old/Trolley_Wire/188%20-%20Trolley%20Wire%20-%20Jun%201980.pdf
I've summarised most of the main points from Page 22 of the issue which has some interesting info on important events which occurred in 1980 and of course involved the S-sets, which were very much "the" suburban train at the time. Included is info on car/set formations for the Pilot and Royal Trains as well as the first electric train to Waterfall. Not sure which (or if any) of the particular S-set cars that were part of these train still exist among the S-sets still in use today, apart from T4150, but I guess that would be an interesting question for the S-set fans.
Summary below in case the file is lost/deleted. Hope it's of interest!
Page 22 - The Sydney Scene. Railways
- Mentions that during a brief visit to Sydney on Tuesday 27 May 1980 the Queen and Prince Phillip travelled from Bankstown to Martin Place by train.
- In place of loco hauled air conditioned stock used on previous occasions, two 4-car double decker suburban sets were used, one as the pilot train and the other to convey the Royal Party.
- The pilot train comprised C3059-T4131-T4133-C3053 and carried the set number R2
- The second / Royal Train comprised C3061-T4151-T4150-C3060 with the seating on the top deck of T4150 altered for the Royal Party
- The set plates were light blue with yellow lettering surmounted by a crown. These 2 sets subsequently became S76 and S77.
- Departure was 22 minutes late, with the pilot train leaving at 12.27pm and the Royal Train departed 5 minutes later and was followed by diesel locomotive 7320
- The locos were to stand pilot at DELEC and Eveleigh depots but due to the latter being strike bound 7320 was commandered from shunting at Flemington and stood in the loop at Bankstown before following the Royal Train.
- The electric trains were provided by Punchbowl depot
- Mentions that after being postponed at the last minute due to track bonding not being completed the first electric train to run to Waterfall under it's own power arrived there on Thursday, 5 June 1980.
- There is mention that a single deck interurban U-set reached Waterfall behind steam in 1966 and that wide suburban cars had passed through previously en route to Port Kembla for scrapping.
- The first electric train to Waterfall was made up of four 2-car sets.
- The train was comprised of (from down end) T45 (C3965-D4091), T28 (C3011-D4021), T15 (C3937-D4069), T14 (D4061-C3829).
- The last car (C3829) was noted as painted in "old" red, while the others were all unpainted.
- The island platform at Waterfall was extended at the up end to accommodate 8-car electric trains, although this work was not complete in early June and the form work on the down side was foul of wide electric loading gauge, hence the first train arrived by the up refuge loop and subsequently ran forward onto the up main then crossed onto the down line of the platform before reversing back into the up platform for departure.
- Mentions that there was insufficient wire over the up track south of the station to allow an 8-car train to clear the loop without crossing to the down line.
- A new timetable was introduced on Sunday, 6 June 1980 when the Illawarra line was integrated with the ESR with all trains to be double deck.
- Electric train services to Waterfall commencing on that same day (June 6) without ceremony.
- Mentions that with all impending operation of integrated ESR and Illawarra line with all double deck stock the remainder of suburban area was to be mainly serviced by single deck stock.
- With this in mind the Minister for Transport announced the delivery of 100 air conditioned double deck suburban cars would be expidited.
- Also mentions delivery of additional 30 double deck interurban cars
- Mentions that Comeng Power Car C3765, the last of an order of 25 double deck motor cars was delivered in May 1980.
SETS has further interesting info on the S-sets:- http://www.sets.org.au/library/index.php?id=ddht
Here is a lovely shot of S12 arriving at Lidcombe station c. 1974 featuring Tulloch DD trailers and Mk1 Power Cars painted Red. The trailing Power Car is none other than the preserved C3814
Credit to CPH3 for sharing this shot.https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8391081957/