The Awesome 86's - All Things 86 class electric loco

 
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I have created this thread to cover information, photos and videos about the 86 class electric loco, similar to my 46 class and U Set thread, which have proved popular with 10's of thousands of views.

Probably my biggest memories of this class of locomotive was the work they carried out on the Western Line, since I rarely travelled on the South Coast/Illawarra or Northern Lines. I remember them hauling the Indian Pacific from the late 80's to 1994 in the colourful Candy colour scheme as well as the coal trains. I remember being in Lidcombe sometimes during late at night or early hours of the mornings and see sometimes 3 or 4 of these beasts roll by through the station. They had and still have a powerful presence and the sounds of their cooling fans were very distinctive.

I've gathered and noted down below various photos, videos and information about these locomotives and at least initially my posts will focus on the 7 survivors of the class. With the recent re-activation of 8606, the first electric locomotive to run under it's own power for about 12/13 years has developed a great interest as of late for this class of locomotive and as such it felt like a good time to create this thread, along with the fact that I have amassed a large enough collection of links to various photos and videos found on the internet. Keep an eye on the thread for regular updates.

There are some great videos which have been shared on youtube, as well as photos on flicker, etc which show these locomotives hard at work, including some of the survivors both while they were in official revenue service and later in preservation. Credit goes to all the people who took and shared these photographs and videos. I will create a post for each of the 7 surviving locomotives and list the photos in order from oldest to newest which will help piece together a picture of the locomotive's working life and will no doubt be of interest to many. Some truly excellent photos have been posted of the 86 class, including the 7 survivors.


Some key sources of information have been:-

Sydney Electric Train Society (SETS) web site for 8606:- http://www.sets.org.au/fleet/index.php?id=8606

86 class wikipedia page:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_86_class_locomotive

Hope you enjoy the thread!




Other threads of interest

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11385189.htm u boat thread

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11386391-0-asc-s0.htm 46 class thread

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2099711.htm v sets thread

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86 class electric locomotive list (7 preserved)


8601
- Delivered: February 1983
- Into Service: 15 March 1983
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Dorrigo Steam and Railway Museum
- Location: West Tamworth

- 8601 was the first 86 class unit into service on 15 March 1983.
- In 1990, the NSW SRA painted 8601 and 8602 in a blue, yellow and white striped livery described as new corporate colours for a special ceremony in the north.
- Following withdrawal of the entire electric locomotive fleet in 2002 it's ownership passed from Pacific National (PN) to Silverton following PN's disposal of the entire electric locomotive fleet and was moved to Broken Hill with many other 85 and 86 class units
- 8601 with 8609, 8622 and 8644 were leased to RailCorp, moved back to Sydney and re-activated for Bondi Junction turnback works which took place from around November 2004 - January 2005.
- 8601 and 8609 were said to be the primary units used for the works while 8622 and 8644 were the operational "spares"
- Following completion of the Bondi Junction works, the 4 units remained stabled at Eveleigh sidings for a number of years
- Most of the electric locos were scrapped in 2007 and 2008. 8601, with Tri-Bo 8650 and 8507 were purchased by the Dorrigo Steam and Railway Museum for preservation in about 2006, prior to the mass scrapping.
- 8601 was moved to Kooragang Island for several years
- In October/November 2015 it was moved for storage at West Tamworth with 8650 and 8507




8606
- Delivered: 12 September 1983
- Into Service: 21 September 1983
- Withdrawn: 30 June 2002 (last day commercial use/freight)
- Status: OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Sydney Electric Train Society
- Location: Sydney

- 8606 was delivered on 12 September 1983 and entered service on 21 September 1983.
- 8606 was part of a quad 86 class working (8628/8627/8607/8606) CA16 Clarence Colliery coal train to Inner Harbour Port Kembla on 30 June 2002. This was the last commercial use of 86 class electric locomotives for freight haulage as well as last commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW.
- Following Pacific National's decision to dispose of the entire electric locomotive fleet 2 units were picked out by the Lithgow Locomotive Maintenance Center for preservation.
- 8606 was picked as a top ranked unit and sold by PN to the Sydney Electric Train Society on 21 February 2003 for preservation. Sister unit 8646 which hauled the SETS 86 class farewell tour on September 7, 2002 was sold to the NSW Rail Transport Museum (now Transport Heritage NSW).
- 8606 ran light engine under it's own power from Lithgow Loco Depot to Hornsby Maintenance Center on 31 March 2003.
- 8606 hauled it's first tour in preservation on 6 December 2003 "8606 Returns to the North"
- 8606 hauled several other tours, the final one being the Terrain Tunnel Push-Pull tour on 29 October 2005 with 8644
- 8606 was transferred with 4615, CF5003 and CF5021 from Hornsby Maintenance Center to Junee Roundhouse Museum by preserved diesel locomotive 4403 for long term storage and public display
- On 16 - 17 June 2018, all 4 items of rolling stock were transferred from Junee to Lithgow
- 8606 was restored and re-activated running it's first trial under it's own power on 25 October 2018, this some 12 years since the last electric locomotive ran under it's own power in NSW
- On 27 October 2018 it ran light engine from Lithgow to Clyde yards
- On 29 October 2018 8606 hauled it's first work train since re-activation with PN Diesel Loco 8134 in tow, the Robel Rail Train from Clyde to North Sydney then return to Town Hall, with rail sets dropped along the line along the way.





8607
- Delivered:
- Into Service: September 1983
- Withdrawn: 30 June 2002 (last day commercial use/freight)
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Member of SETS
- Location: Canberra sidings

- 8607 entered service in September 1983.
- 8607 was part of a quad 86 class working (8628/8627/8607/8606) CA16 Clarence Colliery coal train to Inner Harbour Port Kembla on 30 June 2002. This was the last commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW.
- Following Pacific National's disposal of the entire electric locomotive fleet in 2002, 8607 along with most other 85's and 86's were moved to Broken Hill.
- While most of the electric locomotives were scrapped at Broken Hill in 2007, 8607 was purchased by a private owner for preservation
- In April 2013 it was moved from Broken Hill to Junee by THNSW Preserved Diesel Locomotive 44211
- In 2016 it was moved from Junee to Canberra





8644
- Delivered:
- Into Service: June 1985
- Withdrawn: 2002
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Private Individual
- Location: Chullora

- 8644 entered service in June 1985
- Following Pacific National's disposal of the entire electric locomotive fleet 8644 with most other 85's and 86's was acquired by Silverton and moved to Broken Hill
- In late 2004 8644 with 8601, 8609 and 8622 were leased to RailCorp, moved back to Sydney and re-activated for Bondi Junction turnback works which took place from November 2004 to January 2005.
- 8601 and 8609 were said to be the primary 2 units to be used for the works while 8622 and 8644 were the operational "spares"
- These 4 locomotives were stabled at Eveleigh for a number of years.
- Following the conclusion of Bondi Junction turnback works, 8644 was used to haul the AK Cars for testing purposes around the electrified Sydney rail network.
- 8644 also took part on at least 2 SETS tours, on both occasions with SETS Preserved locomotive 8606.
- One such tour was on 20 August 2005 which was a double-headed electric loco tour with 8606/8644.
- Another tour was the "Push Push Terrain Tunnel Tour" on 29 October 2005 where 8644 and 8606 were attached to either end of a tour train in push-pull configuration.
- 8644 also hauled a 3801 Ltd tour on 19 February 2006 known as the "Sea and Speed" tour which ran from Sydney Central to Kiama, then return to Central where the tour went north via the North Shore Line to Newcastle, then return to Sydney.
- This tour may have been the last time for some 12 years that an electric locomotive would run under it's own power in NSW, until 8606 was re-activated in October 2018.
- In 2006 8644 was acquired by a private individual for preservation and remained stored at Eveleigh until 2009 when it was then moved to Chullora for long term storage.





8646
- Delivered:
- Into Service: August 1985
- Withdrawn: 07 September 2002 (SETS Farewell tour)
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Transport Heritage NSW
- Custodian: NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere
- Location: NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere

- 8646 entered service in August 1985
- Following the last commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW with a coal train from Clarence Colliery to Inner Harbour Port Kembla on 30 June 2002, only 2 electric locomotives remained available for use in July 2002, these being 8641 and 8646.
- on 7 September 2002 Pacific National facilitated the use of and specially prepared 8646 for a SETS organised tour being both a farewell to the 86 class and end of commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW. The tour visited locations such as Kiama, Port Kembla and Sydney Olympic Park Station.
- As such through this tour, 8646 became the last commercial use of an electric locomotive in NSW (while still in ownership of Pacific National).
- Following Pacific National's disposal of the entire electric locomotive fleet, 2 units were picked out by Lithgow Locomotive Maintenance Center for preservation. 8606 was picked out as a top ranked unit and sold to SETS on 21 February 2003, while 8646 was sold to the NSW Rail Transport Museum (now Transport Heritage NSW) and stored for display at the NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere.





8649
- Delivered: Late August 1985
- Into Service: 04 October 1985
- Withdrawn: 1997 (By October 1997)
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL (Planned restoration and re-activation in 2019)
- Owner: Sydney Electric Train Society
- Location: Werris Creek

- 8649 was delivered in late August 1985 and entered service on 04 October 1985.
- 8649 was the last of the "base" order of the 86 class electric locomotives. The very last unit, 8650, was delivered and entered service in early 1986. This last unit featured a "Tri-Bo" wheel arrangement.
- On 15 November 1986, 8649 took part in what was a landmark event in NSW Rail Preservation and the life of the well known heritage steam locomotive 3801. After 3 years of restoration works to turn 3801 from static display into the premier operational heritage steam locomotive an official "3801 Re-Commissioning" / "Return To Service" ceremony was held at Newcastle. The ceremony which featured thousands of people, invited guests and dignitaries commenced at the State Dockyards. 3801 hauled a special train from the Dock yards, ultimately pulling into Platform 1 at Newcastle Station amid the Railway Band playing and cheers of thousands of people. Following the end of celebrations 3801 was taken to Cardiff workshops to stable. Electric Locomotive 8649 was attached to the special train and hauled it back to Sydney, deviating at Hornsby onto the North Shore Line bringing people back into the city via the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- Following Pacific National's decision to withdraw dispose of the entire electric locomotive fleet in 2002 ownership of most 85 and 86 class units passed to Silverton. Most of the fleet were moved to Broken Hill and eventually scrapped in 2007.
- 8649 was one of 18 of 50 86 class units withdrawn from service in 1997 (By October 1997) due to the discovery of cracks in the underframe. It was subsequently moved from Lithgow Maintenance Center to Werris Creek for long term storage in around 1998. Due to this, 8649 had a very short operational service life of just under 12 years.
- Ownership of 8649 passed through several different owners including Silverton, Allco Finance and then El Zorro, although it was never used or moved from it's storage location at Werris Creek
- After El Zorro was wound up in 2013, the 3 86 class electrics in the company's ownership (8609, 8622 and 8649) were sold for scrapping. 8609 and 8622 were scrapped at Lithgow State Mine in 2017.
- The scrapping of 8649 was delayed long enough where a desire by Sydney Trains and Pacific National for a second operational 86 class became apparent and SETS was able to negotiate a belated purchase for preservation. The purchase took place on 08 July 2018.
- SETS and Pacific National now plan to re-commission 8649 in early 2019 to be made available for works required for Sydney Trains in the city underground and Harbour Bridge.






8650
- Delivered: 6 January 1986
- Into Service: Early 1986
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Dorrigo Steam and Railway Museum
- Location: West Tamworth

- 8650 was the last 86 class units delivered and into service in early 1986.
- Unlike the other 49 units 8650 was unique in that it featured a "Tri-Bo" wheel arrangement
- Following Pacific National's decision to dispose of the entire electric locomotive fleet ownership passed to Silverton and 8650 spent numerous years stored at Werris Creek along with other 85 and 86 class units, some of which were saved for preservation
- 8650 was acquired by the Dorrigo Steam and Railway Museum for preservation along with 8601 and 8507 and moved to West Tamworth in late 2015.


Listed Last Updated: 01 December 2018
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Videos

Here is a list of videos found, all credit to those who have taken and shared these videos. I have highlighted appearances of the preserved locos in bold where necessary.

NOTE: For some of the videos you may need to click the "Watch this video on youtube" link as playback has been disabled by the owners from other sites.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzrEQuc6Exs
- Footage from 09 November 1985 by tressteleg1
- shows a cab ride on 8636 as it leads to Indian Pacific out of Sydney Terminal to Lithgow, with a return trip to Sydney on an XPT





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9hKbC-10Yk
- Footage Sydney Terminal 1986 by Brad Peadon
- 13:40 we see the 1:40pm "The Alice" service and PRESERVED 8649 is seen
- 13:50 we see the Indian Pacific hauled by PRESERVED 8649/8620 depart Sydney Terminal





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTxMUoK__1I
- Footage by Brad Peadon of trains through Tascott
- 00:32 shows north bound Newcastle Flyer hauled by 8648
- 1:05 shows Sydney bound Newcastle Flyer hauled by 8616





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzrMnFTprtQ
- Footage by Don Moyses
- 13:30 PRESERVED 8607 and 8644 light engine movement at Enfield/DELEC in 1987





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzZ3GyrkajU
- Footage by Brad Peadon
- At Loftus shows 8640/8636/8627/8603 hauling a coal train in 1988





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSQWfDrl3QE
- Footage by M P Hicks from 30 December 1989 on a trip on board the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Lithgow hauled by 8605/86xx which can be seen at 10:25
- At 29:50 we see PRESERVED THNSW diesel loco 44211 back onto the Indian Pacific to take it beyond Lithgow





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI1fvLld2RI
- Footage from 1990 by Andrew Surgenor
- 35:54 we see PRESERVED 8644/86xx/86xx lead a freight train somewhere on the Northern Line
- 54:12 we see 8629/86xx work a coal train somewhere on the Illawarra line
- 57:22 we see 8638/86xx work a train through Cowan
- 59:01 we see 8602/86xx/86xx work a train through Cowan
- 1:01:07 we see 8635/86xx lead the Indian Pacific through the West
- 1:03:55 we see 8632/86xx work a train through Mt. Kuring-gai
- 1:05:06 we see PRESERVED 8601/86xx work a freight train through Mt. kuring-gai
- 1:06:36 we see PRESERVED 8607 race through Mt. Kuring-gai with the Grafton Express, crossing a V Set
- 1:08:56 we see 8643/86xx work a freight train through Mt. Kuring-gai





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUaRmZ7RMfc
- Footage by Ed Walton from May 1991
- At 1:39 we see 8625/86xx race through Stanmore with a west bound Indian Pacific





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=broAem4T13A
- Footage by Bevan Wall from December 1991 shows steam loco 5910 with diesel 4901 on tour
- 1:09 we see 8611/8604/8615 race through Hawkesbury River with a north bound freight train





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wqGA4kW9lc&t=151s
- Footage in 1992 by tressteleg1 at Thirroul showing a Port Kembla bound coal train with 8616/8612/8636





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgYwCt2P2rs
- Footage from 1992 by Andrew Surgenor
- 14:34 we see 2 x 86 class work a coal train through Helensburgh
- 15:59 we see 8645/PRESERVED 8606 lead a coal train possibly through Helensburgh or Cowan crossing a V Set
- 19:23 we see 8623/86xx work a coal train
- 20:40 we see 3 x 86 class work an empty coal train
- 28:43 we see 8635/86xx/86xx lead an up freight train through Cowan
- 29:46 we see 8612/86xx/86xx lead a down freight train through Cowan
- 33:34 we see 8618/86xx/86xx work a down train through Cowan
- 40:03 we see 8614/86xx/86xx lead a coal train possibly through Stanwell Park





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nGBs-XwFIA
- Footage by aussiealco taken in May 1992 at Lithgow Maintenance Center showing diesel 8037 hauling d/a electrics 8509, PRESERVED 8507, 8615, PRESERVED 8601, 8626, 8638





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuGuQZp8J8s
- Footage by Bevan Wall from April 1993 showing 8610 haul steam loco 5910 through Wynyard





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=496Ol0r2nZU
- Footage from August 1993 by Bevan Wall shows electric loco workings through underground due to closure of northern line between Strathfield and Hornsby.
- 2:26 we see PRESERVED 8646/8626 work a freight train over the Harbour Bridge
- 2:52 we see PRESERVED 8607/86xx race through Wynyard with a freight train
- 3:07 we see 8602 pull into Wynyard with a tour train





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m52KVoK6sj8
- Diesels Under the Wires footage from 1992 - 1996 by Bevan Wall
- 2:20 shows 8616/8627/8612 light engine movement





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P73CY4jzhVE
- Sydney Trip Trains in 1995 by Bevan Wall
- 0:50 shows 4916/4910 cross a quad 86 class light engine movement with 8648/8627/PRESERVED 8646/8626





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVYtiVAEEnU
- Taken 12 July 1996 by Ed Walton showing Quad 86's at Lawson with 8608/8624/8621/8631 hauling a coal train
- From 2:47 we see another quad 86 coal hauled train with 8645/8641/8616/8643





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp9YMt5elgI
- Footage by Bevan Wall taken in January 1999 showing 422 class assisting 86 class to haul coal trains between Enfield and Waterfall
- From 1:46 we see 42206/42203? assist PRESERVED 8606/8630/8613
- From 3:59 we see 42219/42210 assist PRESERVED 8606/8630/8613





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYyIraNMYCE
- Footage by aussiealco taken in 1990's showing a cab ride in an 86 class around Lithgow Maintenance Center





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVteOxus29A
- Footage by Chris Stratton from 07 September 2002 with the SETS farewell to 86 class tour hauled by PRESERVED 8646





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Od818sq80
- Footage by Bevan Wall from 07 September 2002 with the SETS farewell to 86 class tour hauled by PRESERVED 8646





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJEUahEPfGs
- Footage from December 2003 by JKL Productions with SETS 8606 Return to the North with cab ride





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8znNImLR4aA
- Footage by Yarrarail taken in mid 2009 of diesel loco 4403 pushing SETS rolling stock CF5003, CF5021, 4615, 8606 through Yass Junction on it's way for 9 years of storage/display at the Junee Roundhouse Museum





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOxGjHLnJ6Y
- Footage by Transport for NSW Vlogs taken 31 October 2015 - 01 November 2015 showing transfer of Dorrigo's electric locomotives 8601, 8650, 8507 to West Tamworth





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb2hwT3rrMQ
- Footage by Sydney Trains Vlogs showing electric locos 8609 and 8622 at Lithgow State Mine. Both of these were scrapped in about March 2017





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8DbbAMrmjg
- Footage by Sydney Trains Vlogs taken 17 June 2018 showing transfer from Parkes to Lithgow of SETS rolling stock 8606, 4615, CF5003, CF5021 hauled by Pacific National's 8230





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucdzjh0WLCY
- Footage from 27 October 2018 of 8606 transfer from Lithgow to Clyde by TickholeProductions





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z42WydV9V5o
- Footage from 27 October 2018 of 8606 at Springwood on it's way to Clyde crossing a V Set by Electric Motive





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iaJ_-mPlgQ
- Footage by J E Productions of 8606 arriving at Clyde after running light engine from Lithgow





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWdKEz-ebX8
- Footage by Bevan Wall from 29 October 2018 of 8606 with the robel rail train through Homebush station





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_A8dbn6vRI
- Footage from 29 October 2018 by vernstar of 8606's first work train following re-activation heading through Ashfield
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8601 Photos

All credit to respective parties for taking/sharing these photographs (Author noted in bottom left hand corner for each photograph)


15 March 1983. Flyer showing promo of 86 class units. Shows 8601 first unit into service 15 March 1983
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ablekay47/4513759598/


15 March 1983. Flyer showing promo of 86 class units. Specifications.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ablekay47/4513115233/in/album-72157623836267304/


August 1990. 8601 at Lithgow in blue yellow and white stripes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtontrolleybuses/37918744411/in/dateposted/


26 September 1990. 8601/86xx at Casula with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/5407642418/


c. late 1990. 8601 at DELEC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/17351304891/


20 December 1990. 8508/8507/86xx/8601 stuck at Jannali wtih coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/6352274923/


3 January 1991. 8601/8610 at DELEC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/12790006874/


26 January 1991. 8601/8622/8647 at Cardiff with freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15288779920/


16 February 1991. 8613/8626/8601 at Lithgow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/16014939821/


9 March 1991. 8643/864x/8601/8623 at Sutherland with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/13761428655/


18 October 1991. 8506/8508/8602/8601 at Heathcote with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/27786643702/


18 October 1991. 8506/8508/8602/8601 at Heathcote with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/27275399533/


17 November 1991. 8601, 8646, 8603 and other 86's at Enfield South as seen from Punchbowl road bridge (i think)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/29099791265/


23 December 1991. 8601/8615 at Sutherland
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/34294920715/in/album-72157607284370659/


c. 1992 8602/8601 at Broadmeadow yard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/29367860953/


c. 1992 8602/8601 at Broadmeadow Yard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/29879740742/


27 January 1992. 8635/8601 with coal train at Harris Park (empty?)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dermis50/8446600158/


02 July 1992. 8601/86xx/86xx through Tascot with 6155 Superfreighter to Brisbane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/8707655128/


c. 1992 8602/8601 at Broadmeadow. Attached to front of my sydney bound train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/29367860973/


c. 1993. 8627/8601 with west bound Indian Pacific through Doonside
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/15397526283/


c. 1993. 8601/86xx roll down soldiers bank at Mt Boyce with another empty coal train bound for Western coalfields
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/6119778243/


28 August 1993. 8601/8636 at Sulphide Junction
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15263727011/


14 October 1993. Candy 8623/blue 8601 crawl into platform 1 sydney terminal with WE2 Indian Pacific from Perth.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/clp422/6352255764/


27 December 1993. 8601/8624 at Emu Plains with West bound Indian Pacific WE2
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15829491798/


27 January 1995. 8636/8601/8640/8612/8239 at Cockle Creek with freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15080359008/


26 March 1995. 8640/8601/48142/48xx/48xx/48xx at Flemington Markets
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/28360016045/


24 June 1997. 8601 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14484433313/


14 December 2004. 8601/8609 at Martin Place for Bondi Junction owrk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/2907471189/in/album-72157607284370659/


21 December 2005. 8601/8609/8622/8644 sit shutdown between duties at Eveleigh.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebigman84/8518839067/


7 January 2007. 8601, 8609, 8622, 8644 stored at Eveleigh.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geekasylum/3344623573/


02 May 2010. 8601 at Kooragang Island
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/4588874026/in/album-72157607284370659/


20 January 2013. 8601
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93671242@N03/8712654677/


26 October 2013. 8601 at Walsh Point
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100781811@N05/10637939624/


22 June 2014. 8601 at Kooragang Island
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51585012@N06/14495252824/


31 October 2015. 8601 transfer to Dorrigo.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133795069@N05/22638554711/


01 November 2015. 8136/8601/8507/8650 near Werris Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131710175@N08/22515595037/in/pool-1769448@N22/
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86 class electric locomotive list (7 preserved)

SNIP

8646
- Delivered:
- Into Service: August 1985
- Withdrawn: 07 September 2002 (SETS Farewell tour)
- Status: Stored, NOT OPERATIONAL
- Owner: Transport Heritage NSW
- Custodian: NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere
- Location: NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere

- 8646 entered service in August 1985
- Following the last commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW with a coal train from Clarence Colliery to Inner Harbour Port Kembla on 30 June 2002, only 2 electric locomotives remained available for use in July 2002, these being 8641 and 8646.
- on 7 September 2002 Pacific National facilitated the use of and specially prepared 8646 for a SETS organised tour being both a farewell to the 86 class and end of commercial use of electric locomotives in NSW. The tour visited locations such as Kiama, Port Kembla and Sydney Olympic Park Station.
- As such through this tour, 8646 became the last commercial use of an electric locomotive in NSW (while still in ownership of Pacific National).
- Following Pacific National's disposal of the entire electric locomotive fleet, 2 units were picked out by Lithgow Locomotive Maintenance Center for preservation. 8606 was picked out as a top ranked unit and sold to SETS on 21 February 2003, while 8646 was picked out and donated to the Rail Transport Museum (now Transport Heritage NSW) and stored for display at the NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere.


SNIP
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A good summary, except that 8646 was purchased by the former NSWRTM.  Money changed hands a receipt was issued by Pacific National to the NSWRTM.
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A good summary, except that 8646 was purchased by the former NSWRTM.  Money changed hands a receipt was issued by Pacific National to the NSWRTM.
Spinner5711

Thanks for that information, I've updated the listing with that. Was it the same with 4638 as well? or was that one outright donated? From what I've read 4601 was purchased as they wanted a second one specifically for the newly established NSWRTM Blue Mountains division/new Valley Heights Loco Depot Museum.

Any information is welcome, this thread is for everyone to share and build up over time, just like the others. I'll probably post 8606 photos I've found tomorrow night. Some very nice ones have been shared.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

8606 Photos

Credit to all respective parties for these photos. Those on flickr list the author on the bottom left hand corner with link to their flicker page.


14 November 1983. John L Buckland photo on NLA/trove. Shows 8610/86xx with the inaugural run of "The Alice" at Sydney Terminal prior to departure. This was a service which ran for about 4.5 years between Sydney and Alice Springs. If you enlarge the image, to the right in the distance is 8606 still less than 2 months since it entered service on 21 September 1983. This is the earliest photo I've found of 8606 in service. It's possible the second unit assisting 8610 might be fellow preserved loco 8607.  
https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-155341325/view


17 November 1984. 8606 at Cardiff with Newcastle Flyer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/29902298332/


c. late 1984. 8606 waits at Newcastle Platform 1 to depart with the Newcastle Flyer back to Sydney
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/29718386860/


21 December 1984. 8606 hauling Newcastle Flyer through Teralba or Cardiff
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/24969643645/in/photostream/


12 September 1987. 8606 at Broadmeadow in Candy livery
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277655759/


30 January 1988. 8606 hauling the Newcastle Flyer (or is it Grafton Express?) through Awaba
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15785448037/


c. late 1980's. 8606/86xx with UP freight Warrimoo. Greg Nowland photo shared by Ron Taylor on NSW Railways Past and Present facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217272282421980&set=gm.2740561792636283&type=3&permPage=1&ifg=1


August 1990. 8606/86xx/86xx with freight Blue Mountains
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtontrolleybuses/37410333210/


August 1990. 8606/86xx/86xx with freight through Hazelbrook
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtontrolleybuses/37448417170/


c. early 1990's perhaps. 8606 photograph in Auscision Models page for 86 class models
http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/86%20Class%20Locomotive.htm


22 June 1991. 8613/8606/8616/8631 on BK53 crossing 8161/8158/8610/8643 on KB54 at Loftus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/15771222960/


22 June 1991. 8613/8606/8616/8631 on BK53 at Loftus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/15338875313/


02 March 1993. 8606/8619 heading north from Wollongong with a load of steel. Chris Stratton shared on NSW Railways Past and Present facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NSWRailwaysPastandPresent/permalink/2810881075604354/


3 July 1993. 8645/8606 at Broadmeadow (same combo seen in video by Andrew Surgenor)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15452323456/


18 January 1994. 8637/8606 at Lawson with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/16014930071/


c. 1995. 8633/8636/8606 and a V Set at Port Kembla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/23577478211/


19 April 1995. 8606 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277710318/


1 September 1995. 8611/8606 at Cockle Creek with freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15266408732/


2 March 1996. 8606/8605/8644/8643 at Cockle Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15266418182/


13 August 1996. 8642/8606/8639/8635 own empty coal dulwich hill
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emd4301/5689820206/


4 December 1998. 8641/8606 at Leightonfield with coal train?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15543132213/


c. 2002. 8609/8606/8614/8626 Stanwell Park with CA14
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73008457@N00/14682709035/


April 2003. 8606 at Hornsby MC i think
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12426964@N05/1504516490/


06 December 2003. 8606 with tour train through Windsor
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73008457@N00/14680333044/


06 December 2003. 8606 through Vineyard with tour train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73008457@N00/14496038000/in/pool-1769448@N22/


20 August 2005. 8606/8644 on up SETS tour through Koolewong
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22912629920/


29 October 2005. 8606 on tour through Newnes Junction with 8644
https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankspencer/7411809846/


30 May 2009. 4403 and 4807 haul 8606, 4615 out of Hornsby Maintenance center, later CF5003 and 5021 also attached to take them to Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/3584348889/


3 January 2013. Interior cab of 8606 No 1 End at Junee Roundhouse Museum
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ants47/8385249977/


25 September 2016. 8606 preserved by SETS at Junee Roundhouse Museum
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129177245@N05/30350524642/


22 June 2017. 8606 at Junee Roundhouse Museum
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/34766350234/


15 June 2018. 8606 and 4615 being hauled out of Junee Roundhouse Museum by 48206 to be taken to Lithgow with CF5003 and 5021
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/42107697044/


15 June 2018. 8606, 4615, CF5003, CF5021 at Junee waiting to be picked up by PN 8230 at Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/41924404385/


15 June 2018. 8606 and 4615 being pulled out of Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/42192385374/


16 June 2018. PN 8230 with 48138/8606/4615/CF5003/CF5021 approach Cootamundra from Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/101909152@N02/27966328887/


17 June 2018. Pacific National 8230 hauls 8606/4615/CF5003/CF5021 from Junee to Lithgow through Sodwalls
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157742728@N06/42845355552/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Lithgow just prior to departure for Sydney
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156305790@N05/45626058221/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Blackheath on transfer to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156065180@N05/44852647914/


27 October 2018. 8606 through Wentworth Falls on it's way to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasbulic/31999687318/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Linden on transfer to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156065180@N05/44664961005/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Springwood on transfer to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141029285@N02/45591134031/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Emu Heights on transfer from Lithgow to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127062568@N02/31704215818/


27 October 2018. 8606 at Toongabbie on its transfer to Clyde Yards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattyallenphotography/30635040847/


27 October 2018. 8606 transfer passing Harris Park
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/45547280472/


29 October 2018. 8606 at Clyde on it's way to the city with a Robel Rail train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/greggles3265/31751720628/


29 October 2018. 8606 with Robel Rail Train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93187349@N07/30790397237/


29 October 2018. 8606 on it's first official duties since re-activation at Central Platform 16 hauling a Robel Rail train from Clyde
https://www.flickr.com/photos/raichase/45576430432/


11 November 2018. 8606 stored at Enfield Yard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/45824815691/
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
SydneyCider,  I am the first to say that electric locos are not my bag as a rule, but I am fascinated by the amount of detail, and the number and quality of the photos that you have posted.
I have read the lot and enjoyed all of it.
Well done on the effort you've made and the setting out, which held my interest all the way through.
Who knows what people may read this in 50 years from now, and be amazed at what happened so long before their time.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it, but I have to say that this thread - or the 46 class/U boat/V set thread - would not be what it is if it were not for these people sharing the photos and videos that they have. I do agree though that it's interesting to look at the photos and footage of the preserved locomotives in order of date they were taken, giving snapshots of their service life. Interesting for instance to see shots of 8606 hauling Flyers back in 1984 and to see that exact loco hauling a tour train you are about to board or pull into Sydney Terminal for the annual heritage expo amongst today's modern trains - the same can be said whether it's steam, diesel or electric. All are significant.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

8607 photos

02 November 1984. 8607 with DOWN Newcastle Flyer through Fassifern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/29388131784/


08 June 1986. 8601 and 8607 at Sydney Terminal Central in candy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/16162193492/


25 June 1989. 8607 and other 86's at Broadmeadow in candy livery
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277690460/


30 September 1991. 8607/8625 on West Bound Indian Pacific departing Central Sydney Terminal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/25551835920/


06 January 1992. 8607/8623 with WE-1 West Bound Indian Pacific out of Central Sydney Terminal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/37985215016/


28 August 1993. 8607/8609/8614 at Broadmeadow in candy pm 6MB5
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15288835278/


08 February 1994. 8607 at Sulphide Junction with freight and still in candy livery
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15080111980/


04 February 1995. 8607 with other 86's at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277713988/


08 April 1995. 8647/8607/8046/48137 through Adamstown
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15475410875/


11 August 1996. 8643/8607/8613/8650 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15288776658/


06 July 2001. 8626/8607/8647 through Clyde
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/16162170962/


09 October 2001. 8614/8607/8644/8641 at Canterbury with freight possibly coal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/23346174965/


09 October 2001. 8614/8607/8644/8641 at Canterbury with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22978242069/


16 January 2007. 4502/8607/8613, 8648/8620/8019/8048/8016/8008 and 4528 stored in Broken Hill yard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alco251_244/3742739302/


26 November 2011. 8607 at Broken Hill Gemco Depot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/malleeroute/6840318209/


25 April 2013. 44211 with 8607 at Broken Hill station ready to depart for Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8708512941/


25 April 2013. 8607 movement to Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8679627835/


25 April 2013. 8607 movement to Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8708560077/


25 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 sit in Broken Hill yard waiting to depart for Junee Roundhouse
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8681440201/


25 April 2013. 8607 at Broken Hill about to be shunted and prepared for its journey to Junee. RTM was hired to haul 8607 to Junee by 44211
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam_locos/8691335248/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Stockinbingal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8723399346/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Stockinbingal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8722280201/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Milvale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8723396904/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Milvale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8723397802/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Milvale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8722275687/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Milvale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8722278301/


26 April 2013. 44211 and 8607 at Milvale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/8723398888/


11 July 2013. XPT with XP2004 on ST24 passes 8607 and 48's at Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/9418325657/


14 February 2014. 8607 stored at Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/59512867@N06/15737109396/


22 February 2014. 8607 stored outside Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/12686264414/


22 February 2014. 8607 stored outside Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/12685904733/


24 July 2014. 8607 stored at Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/victorianrailways/14709365316/


13 March 2016. 44208 attached to 8607 in Canberra Railway Museum sidings, having just been transfered from Junee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffrey_grenfell/26206120582/
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

8644 photos

Possibly a stand out locomotive in terms of the number of photographs of it. It seems it was the last electric loco to run in NSW (19 February 2006 3801 tour) until 8606's recent re-activation and was used by SETS for at least 2 tours with their own preserved loco 8606 in 2005 in double-header and push-pull formation.

Details on these tours
- http://www.sets.org.au/tours/index.php?id=95 (August 2005 double header)
- http://www.sets.org.au/tours/index.php?id=96 (October 2005 Terrain Tunnel Push-Pull)




c. 1987. 8644/86xx at Mt. Ku-ring-gai one misty morning in 1987 with (Grafton Express?)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyschase/16584994900/


c. 1988. 8644 at Sydney Terminal with Newcastle Express (probably 1988)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyschase/16584995290/


c. 1988. 8644 approaching Hornsby with DOWN Newcastle Express. In view is Suburban DD'er and north bound XPT
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyschase/8741127592/


08 October 1988. 8644 at DELEC with other 86's
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277810107/


c. early 1990's. 8644 with Grafton Express approaching Redfern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/3348569153/


24 December 1990. 8629/8644 west bound with empty coal train through Clyde
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/6375151173/


15 January 1991. 8644/8172/42205 at Sydney Terminal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/12960632243/


15 January 1991. 8644 with NE35 north bound Grafton Express at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/12960644023/


09 March 1991. 8644/8618/8623/8646 at Mortdale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/13761813124/


22 June 1991. 8620/8644 at Pippita
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/15163607914/


22 June 1991. 8620/8644 at Homebush Saleyards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/15759870806/


27 July 1991. 8644 at Canterbury with H22 First zoo train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/16801276057/


27 July 1991. 8644 at Canterbury with H22 First zoo train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/16801278647/


23 December 1991. 8644/8605 through Otford
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/35753214195/


c. 1993. 8644/86xx Blue Mountains empty coal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/7955177416/


30 September 1993. 8644/86xx at Wollstonecraft with Freighter, likely diverted due to closure of line between Strathfield and Hornsby. Harbour bridge in background
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/4099455903/


c. mid 1990's. 8644/8631 with up coal train bound for Port Kembla out of Clarence Colliery
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14564368@N02/29660052436/


18 January 1994. 8622/8644 at Mt. Victoria with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15991115386/


21 April 1995. 8630/8644/8641/8617 at Cockle Creek with freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15263833701/


10 May 1996. 8644 with other 85's at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14441163126/


26 July 1996. 8644/8610/8612/8622 at Glenbrook with freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51585012@N06/15731491154/


February 1998. 8644 at Lithgow with others 86's
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60901191@N08/7991164709/


17 November 2001. 8644/8641/8614 at Port Kembla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22718235954/


17 November 2001. 8644 and 3 other 86's unwired road Inner Harbour Port Kembla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/37922909@N06/16275218768/


03 October 2002. 8644 and 8639 at Lithgow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22647916684/


15 December 2004. 8622 and 8644 push/pull with AK cars at Central 15 Dec 2004
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/2908316316/


18 March 2005. 8644 and 8609 push/pull with AK cars night runs around Sydney on tour at Sydney Terminal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/robertstrains/5767207081/


20 August 2005. 8606/8644 on up SETS tour through Koolewong
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22912629920/


29 October 2005. 8644 paused just beyond platform at Faulconbridge. SETS TOUR
https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankspencer/7411829132/


29 October 2005. 8644 on terrain push pull tour by SETS visited Campbelltown, Lithgow, Bankstown and City circle and featured electric loco 8644 which at the time was on lease to RailCorp. The train pauses at Werrington for a photo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankspencer/7411830504/


19 February 2006. 8644 heading north through Milson's Point on 3801 Ltd's Sea and Speed tour.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geekasylum/3344609841/


19 February 2006. 8644 climbing Hawkmount with 3801's Sea and Speed tour. This may have been the last time an electric loco ran under it's own power in NSW until 8606's re-activation in October 2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133795069@N05/22763409820/


21 July 2006. 8644 and 4486 at Eveleigh sidings
https://www.flickr.com/photos/robertstrains/5767208247/


07 January 2007. 8644 stored at Eveleigh
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geekasylum/3345456086/


10 July 2007. 8644 with 8609 at Eveleigh owned by Silverton but briefly leased to RailCorp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/john_ray/9531591647/


30 June 2008. 8644 at buffers at Eveleigh Redfern stored
https://www.flickr.com/photos/raichase/5270120322/


30 June 2008. 8644 with Oscar stored behind it at Eveleigh
https://www.flickr.com/photos/raichase/5269511471/


late 2000's 8644 at Eveleigh
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joel_nicholsons_pics/5252426697/


16 March 2009. 8644 at Eveleigh
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geekasylum/3358862695/


20 June 2009. 8644 at Chullora Yard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39358286@N05/8928905619/


31 August 2012. 8644 at Chullora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/15264656@N02/7929378768/


28 June 2015. 8644 at Chullora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/15264656@N02/19042514699/


28 June 2015. 8644 at Chullora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/15264656@N02/19041645119/


2 October 2015. 8017 and 8644 at Chullora.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83791520@N00/28026437562/


2 October 2015. 8644 at Chullora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83791520@N00/27514097663/


2 October 2018. 8017 and 8644 at Chullora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/frostytb/30671215377/
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

8646 Photos



c. 1985. 4601/4612 and 8646 at Lithgow Loco Depot. Great shot showing 2 locos (8646 and 4601) which eventually were acquired by the former NSW Rail Transport Museum (now Transport Heritage NSW) for preservation
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133770415@N04/40917617674/


24 October 1985. 8646 hauls a load of pipes through Austinmer. This is just before electrification of the line to Wollongong and Port Kembla was completed (December 1985). The loco appears to be running on the opposite track. 8646 entered service in August 1985 and still had less than 3 months of service under it's belt at this point.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gm4201/6219756238/


29 November 1986. 8646/86xx/86xx with goods train at Teralba 29 November 1986
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/26857710621/


16 July 1988. 8646 at Broadmeadow with 8638
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14462911602/


24 Aug 1988. 8646/8628 with UP Indian Pacific at Sydney Terminal (Weston Langford collection)
http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/116521/


Monday 16 January 1989. Near Wentworth Falls with down coal train. Candy unit 8646 leads bicentennial unit 8619 Monday 16 January 1989 at 13:42
https://www.flickr.com/photos/68372123@N03/6890301199/


28 January 1989. 8623/8622/8646 at Newnes Junction with down freight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/58476760@N05/5536178991/


09 March 1991. 8644/8618/8623/8646 at Mortdale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/13761458933/


23 December 1991. 8624/8646 through Coledale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/35753209545/


5 August 1993. 8376 Dubbo freight drops down from Katoomba behind 8611/8631/8646 on a cool overcast morning.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/11249979256/


5 August 1993. Same pic as above but earlier. Indian Pacific having passed it is now 8376 speedfreighter's turn to exit Mt Victoria's up refuge loop and follow the long distance passenger train down the blue mountains. Hauled by 8611/8631/8646
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/8328189718/


c. 1993. 8646 at Waterfall
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/32096919265/


c. 1993. 8638/8646 on a train at Waterfall in 1993
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/32096919285/


30 May 1995. 8646 at Broadmeadow with fellow preserved unit 8649 both in blue and yellow freightcorp livery
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14463126494/


26 June 1995. 8646/8611/8620 through Clyde
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/16162142072/


9 March 1996. 8643/8608/8638/8646 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15475057122/


c. late 1990's. 8646/8644 with UP freight Emu Plains. Greg Nowland photo shared by Ron Taylor on NSW Railways Past and Present facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217185998344932&set=gm.2718225694869893&type=3&theater&ifg=1


22 January 2002. 8609/8641/8626/8646 at Canterbury with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/22978517230/


7 September 2002. 8646 waits to depart Kiama on SETS farewell to 86 class tour and farewell to electric loco usage in NSW
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gm4201/6308023769/


24 February 2003. 4201 pauses at Picton while delivering 8646 to Thirlmere for preservation with several other carriages
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gm4201/6311798606/


01 March 2009. 8646 stabled outside at NSWRM Thirlmere
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39358286@N05/8929521594/


18 July 2009. 8646 at NSWRM Thirlmere
https://www.flickr.com/photos/raichase/6135984282/


May 2016. 8646 at NSWRM Thirlmere
https://www.flickr.com/photos/squeakaz/26783427803/


David Johnson gallery photographs of 86 class. The below gallery features a number of photos with 8646 on the 86 class "Farewell" tour which took place on 7 September 2002 as well as a shot showing the final quad formation for last commercial use of electric locos in NSW (8628/8627/8607/8606)

http://www.trainman.id.au/photos/nsw/electric/86class/


Vicsig profile page for 8646 has further photos of the locomotive including the farewell tour

https://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=8646&class=86&type=Electric%20(1500V%20DC)&orgstate=N


SETS 86 class farewell tour 7 September 2002 details on their website below. Notably it mentions that an 86 class locomotive (8646) was "recommissioned" and brought from Lithgow specially for this trip.

http://www.sets.org.au/tours/index.php?id=85
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
I know 8646 is considered "non operational" but is there anything that would prevent it returning to service? To my limited knowledge it "ran when parked" and appears to be complete.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

I know 8646 is considered "non operational" but is there anything that would prevent it returning to service? To my limited knowledge it "ran when parked" and appears to be complete.
steve_w_1990

I've seen comments posted on a facebook page which suggest 8646 has at least one burnt out traction motor which would no doubt be very costly to repair or replace and that other surviving 86's (probably apart from the Dorrigo ones) would likely be re-activated, if there is a need/desire for them, before 8646 were to be touched. I've also seen a comment which suggests 4638 may be in the same situation (burnt out traction motor). Interestingly the 86 class wikipedia page suggests 8649 may be the next 86 class electric loco to be re-activated.

It's probably worked out for SETS that the THNSW electric locos probably won't run for at least quite a while yet as it allowed there to be a desire for the use of their electric locos which may/likely have required less work to get running. This may also prove positive in the long term for the other electric locos in their collection/associated with their group which are in more dire need of attention. The THNSW locos at least appear for most part to be stored in more safe/undercover locations.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

8649 Photos


c. 1985 - 1986 probably. Photograph of 8649 on the Auscision Models website. In candy livery and looking brand spanking new
http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/86%20Class%20Locomotive.htm


c. mid 1980's probably. 8649 at Broadmeadow yard still looking very new
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14484402723/


15 November 1986. Locomotive 8649 approaches Sydney Harbour Bridge with an UP special train ex Newcastle after ceremonial recommissioning of steam locomotive 3801 at state dockyard, Newcastle. The special was initially hauled by 3801 from the state dockyard where the ceremony commenced to Newcastle Platform 1. 8649 was attached to the special after the ceremony to return passengers to Sydney after 3801 had been taken off to be stabled at Cardiff workshops. Many people would have no doubt come up from Sydney to attend 3801's recommisioning ceremony. 8649 at this point only had a little over 1 year of service. Photo John L. Buckland on Trove/NLA
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-155075815/view


27 November 1990. 8604/8649 work empty service near Chullora North Junction
https://www.flickr.com/photos/highplains68/8604997882/


28 January 1991. 8638/8649 at Rookwood with coal train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15975582720/


27 July 1991. 8649/86xx/86xx/86xx at Canterbury with coal train and First Zoo Train H22
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/16386268874/


27 July 1991. 8649/86xx/86xx/86xx at Canterbury with coal train and Zoo train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/17007796331/


13 February 1995. 8649 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14484406313/


c. 1995. 4846/8612/8649/8650 at Port Kembla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/don5617/23551359542/


24 June 1995. 8649/8639/8606 at Tickhole
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15288757808/


20 February 1996. 8634/8636/8641/8649 Cockle Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15080184429/


25 March 1996. 8615, 8649, 8612, 8601 at Flemington Market Sidings Flemington Monday 25 March 1996
https://www.flickr.com/photos/81747760@N05/37541281871/


19 April 1996. 8608/8649 with freight at Fassifern bank. By this stage, 8649 was nearing the end of it's short service life and along with 17 other 86 class units was withdrawn from service by October 1997 due to discovery of cracks in the under-frame.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/15785445407/


18 May 2011. 8649, 8501, 8650 stored at Werris Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marhleet/5750093235/


26 January 2013. 8649 with SETS's 8501 stored at Pacific National Werris Creek Loco Depot.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/freighttrains/8421597439/


9 September 2015. 8649 and 8501 stored at Werris Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53191724@N02/21293189131/


26 September 2016. 8649 with SETS 8501 stored at Werris Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129177245@N05/31593723015/


17 July 2018. 8649 and 8501 at Werris Creek. This photo was taken just over a week after 8649 was purchased by SETS for preservation on 08 July 2018.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasbulic/29694891178/


22 October 2018. 8649 now owned and preserved by SETS as seen at Werris Creek detached from fellow SETS preserved loco 8501 on 22 October 2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/greensleeves94/30767637057/
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
What a magnificent collection of photos from all concerned.
Thanks for sharing.  


Regards
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Photos of Tri-Bo 8650



18 July 1987. 8650 at Broadmeadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43494843@N00/14277649628/


c. 1987 or 1988. 8650/86xx with Grafton Express from the north passing through Hornsby station
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyschase/16150080604/in/photostream/


c. 1988 (probably). 8650 with Newcastle Flyer near Woy Woy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollyschase/16150080134/in/photostream/


c. 1980's and 1990's Various photographs of loco 8650 on Ascision models website
http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/86%20Class%20Tri-Bogie%20Locomotive.htm


09 July 1990. 8650 at Delec
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/3315330447/in/album-72157607284370659/


14 December 1991. 8650 and 8620 at Sutherland
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunzel412/31738975514/in/album-72157607284370659/


25 January 1992. 8650/8637 through Harris Park with west bound general freight train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dermis50/14417247079/


c. 1992. 8610/8650 + 8628/8602 in former grain terminal sidings at Rozelle.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/15326661300/


c. 1990s. 8650 stored outside main shed Lithgow loco depot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/navarzo21/27510420735/


15 November 1995. 8650/8618 crossing from down to up over now removed emergency crossovers at Heathcote empty coal Wed 15 Nov 1995
https://www.flickr.com/photos/clp422/7814294490/


04 January 2008. 8650 at Werris Creek
https://www.flickr.com/photos/flying_donkey/2167409281/in/pool-1769448@N22/


18 December 2013. Dorrigo owned 8650 stored at Werris Creek Loco Depot.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cprendergast/20654990119/
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Two great videos shared by Andrew Surgenor




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lkqdSWH9AY
- Footage from 1990 by Andrew Surgenor, note the "Red Noses" on the V sets from the special Red Nose Day
- From start we see several minutes worth of footage of SETS's preserved and recently re-activated 8606 assisted 2 other 86 class locomotives, the third unit being preserved 8650 which is now owned by Dorrigo. We see the locomotives haul the freighter through various locations along the Blue Mountains line including Hazelbrook station. This footage is in-line with photographs shared by Andrew Surgenor which I have posted under the collection of 8606 photographs.
- 5:43 we see 8622/86xx with a coal train
- 6:02 we see 8506?/85xx with empty coal train
- 33:11 we see 8509/85xx light engine





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67AMMUYS5PM
- Footage from 1992 by Andrew Surgenor
- From start we see quad 86 class coal train working through Helensburgh
- At 1:56 we see 8621 pull into Sydney Terminal with the Grafton Express at night
- At 5:39 we see Preserved THNSW Diesel locomotive 4403




In further news, word is that members of SETS have acquired 8649 with planned re-activation to service in 2019.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

As with the 46 class thread, below I've posted some interesting entries from the October 1991 to May 1993 (except for November and December 1991) issues of Railway Digest in relation to the 7 preserved 86 class locos (8601, 8606, 8607, 8644, 8646, 8649, 8650).



OCTOBER 1991

FREIGHTS: GOSFORD. On Thursday 15 August 1991, 8625/8601 on No. 6168 Superfreighter was to be refuged at Gosford but at 97 (650m) long was too long for the 60 long Up Refuge. This state of affairs occurs reasonably often and does not cause any problems becuase the train is brought into the refuge and continues back out onto the main and through Platform 1 to the Up Main starting signal. Any train due to overtake it does so by the Down Main.

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MARCH 1992

86 CLASS: 8650 has returned to service following extensive work at Clyde on its middle bogie. Apparently there was insufficient flexibility resulting in a virtual rigid wheelbase for all 3 bogies (differing in design from the QLD and European Tri-Bo electrics) leading ultimately to hotboxes and damaged components on the middle bogie. It was seen leading an empty coal train at Penrith on 21 December 1991.

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APRIL 1992

METROPOLITAN. Epping. On Monday 24 February 1992, 8644 and train passed through Epping on the Up at 08:30, unusually early for a freight service. The loading was cement hoppers and covered vans which suggests that the train was from the north coast.

PASSENGERS: The Up Grafton passenger on Friday 17 January 1992 arrived at Broadmeadow behind 44228. After the jumbo had disappeared to loco the unusual duo of 4617/4629 appeared to take the train onwards to Sydney. 8646 worked the train in both directions between Sydney and Broadmeadow on Saturday 18 January 1992. 44210 worked the north bound service from Broadmeadow whilst 44209 led the southbound train.

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MAY 1992

GRAFTON PASSENGERS: NE35 experienced problems on Friday 27 March 1992 when the loco 8606 was failed at Epping. The loco refused to travel at over 5 km/h when in power due to a problem with the front bogie. 8639 was stolen from No. 6233 at Rhodes and placed on the front of the now shutdown 8606. The train then departed after a delay of 90 minutes. No. 6233 received a relief loco from DELEC about 30 minutes later and then departed Rhodes. 8606 returned south the following day for attention.

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JUNE 1992

MISHAPS: Mountains services were badly disrupted from 17:10 on Saturday 28 February 1992 when an axle seized on 8610 near Medlow Bath. At the time it was working No. AK34 a 3100 tonne 31 wagon coal service in the company of 8607. No. NK42 was approaching Mt. Victoria at the time was stopped and its load stowed. 8624/8603 proceeded to the rear of No. AK34 and assisted to Katoomba at 8 km/h arriving there at 19:18.

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JULY 1992

86 Class: Both 8601 and 8602 have lost their small numbers on their sides in favour of the now more usual larger "New Zealand" Variety.

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SEPTEMBER 1992

LOCOMOTIVES. Lithgow Banking. On Wednesday 24 June 1992, 48109 reversed No. 8216 out of Lithgow Yard. The 48 then attached to the front of 8646, which was the train engine and then departed up the hill to Zig Zag. At Zig Zag the 48 detached and vanished back to Lithgow. The lone 86 then proceeded to very slowly get the train moving as most of the train's load was still on the 1 in 42 grade. Why this unusual movement occured is not known.

PASSENGER SPECIALS: An ARHS ACT Division special consisting of their 'N' cars, a dining car and stainless steel sleepers, travelled through the Lithgow area on June holiday Monday (08 June 1992) on its way back to Sydney after a tour to Broken Hill. 8023/8037 had brought the train into Lithgow and were replaced by 8646/8633. Two members of the 85 class were required to haul the train over the mountains but the 2 locos, 8504/8503 ended up on the front of No. 8216 freight which followed the passenger east.

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OCTOBER 1992

LAWSON: Delays were occasioned to No. 7SA1 Freight hauled by 8606/8628/8646 at Lawson on Saturday 01 August 1992. The delay was caused by WS43 hauled by steam locos 5910/3801/3642 having difficulties maintaining steam. The special was refuged at Lawson to allow W537 interurban and No. 7SA1 to overtake. Problems were also being experienced maintaining water in the boiler mainly by 5910 which had caused an earlier stop at Valley Heights

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DECEMBER 1992

SHORT NORTH: On Friday 11 September 1992, No. 6MB3 had 4 86's in the lead. 8644/8634/8606/8635 were apparently breaking the rule of maximum of 3 electrics only on a train on the short north when the 4 locos were sighted hauling a string of wheat hoppers through Hornsby on the Up Main at 14:25. Each loco had their pantographs up and were working.

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MAY 1993

MISHAPS: On early Saturday 13 March 1993 freight No. 4333 became a partial failure on the Sydney Harbour Bridge when the resistors on 8646 overheated. All services were operating via the North Shore due to trackwork on the main. No. 4333 was forced to 2 stops totalling 30 minutes on the bridge. The problem delayed NT3 by 31 minutes.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

The below are links to photographs posted on Living Histories Newcastle website mostly taken in the mid 1980's showing lots of shots of the 86 class electric locos hauling Newcastle Flyers. Many of the shots are undated. I've highlighted any of the preserved locomotives in bold text.


03 June 1984. Steam Loco 3642 and 8620 wait to leave Broadmeadow station a day before electrification opening to Newcastle.
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84708
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/85380
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84709

15 September 1984. 8609 with UP Newcastle Flyer through Sulphide Junction
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69342

15 September 1984. 8603 at Broadmeadow Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69343

15 September 1984. 8608 with Newcastle Flyer through Broadmeadow
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69340

c. mid 1980's. 8608 with Newcastle Flyer at Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69336

13 October 1984. 8612 with DOWN Newcastle Flyer at Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69353

13 October 1984. 8615 with DOWN Newcastle Flyer at Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69350

13 October 1984. 8615 with UP Newcastle Flyer at Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69351

c. mid 1980's. 8615 brings the Newcastle Flyer into Newcastle Station
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84108
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84037

02 November 1984. PRESERVED 8607 hauling DOWN Newcastle Flyer through Fassifern
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69363

03 Nov to 11 Nov 1984. 8623 with Goods train through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69373

03 Nov to 11 Nov 1984. 8630 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69372

03 Nov to 11 Nov 1984. 8602 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69369

03 Nov to 11 Nov 1984. 8621 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69368

17 November 1984. 8621 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69383

17 November 1984. PRESERVED 8606 hauling Newcastle Flyer through Cardiff
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69379

17 November 1984. PRESERVED 8606 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69380

c. 1984 or 1985. PRESERVED 8606 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba or Cardiff with a wave of acknowledge from cab
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/26685

c. 1984. 2 photos of PRESERVED 8606 as it waits at Platform 1 Newcastle Station to return to Sydney with Newcastle Flyer
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84040
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84038

c. 1984 or 1985. 8622 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba or Cardiff
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/26688

c. 1984 or 1985. 8619 with Newcastle Flyer through Teralba or Cardiff
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/26687
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/26686

c. 1985. 8619 with Newcastle Flyer Fassifern
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/26682

February 1985. 8619 with DOWN goods through Fassifern
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/25398

February 1985. 8602 with Newcastle Flyer through Fassifern
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/25397

c. 1985. 8635 with DOWN Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/30014

05 October 1985. 8626 with DOWN Newcastle Flyer through Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/25391

c. 1985 or 1986. 8616 pulls into Broadmeadow station with UP morning Newcastle Flyer
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/85384

c. mid 1980's. 8603 with Newcastle Flyer at Teralba
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/69333

c. mid 1980's. 8603 at Newcastle with Flyer
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/84039

c. mid/late 1980's. 8628, 8616, 8612 at Broadmeadow Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66406

10 February 1990. 8641 with last Northern Tablelands Express
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/68613

early 1990's. PRESERVED 8650/8649 at Broadmeadow
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66612
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66611

early 1990's. PRESERVED 8649/8650 at Broadmeadow this photo focusing on 8649
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66407

late 1980's or early 1990's. PRESERVED 8650/8607 at Broadmeadow yard
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66410

early 1990's. PRESERVED 8650/86xx at Broadmeadow
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66411

1990's. 8604 at Broadmeadow yard
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66402

1990's. 8617 and 8636 Broadmeadow yard
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66405

1980's. 8626, 8616 and 8612 at Broadmeadow yard
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66406

1990's. 8611 and 8636 at Broadmeadow yad
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66403
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66404
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66401

c. 1990's. PRESERVED 8601 in stealth Livery with 8622 Broadmeadow Yard
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66613

early 1990's. 8604 bicentennial livery electric siding at Broadmeadow Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66412

early 1990's. bicentennial units 8604 and 8619 Broadmeadow loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66414

early 1990's. 8604 and other 86's Broadmeadow Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66413

early 1990's. 8619 broadmeadow loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66415

early 1990's. 8619/8636 at Broadmeadow Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66416

late 1990's or 2000's. PRESERVED 8649 and other 86's derelict at Werris Creek Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66176
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66177
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66230

late 1990's or 2000's. PRESERVED 8650 at Werris Creek Loco
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66178
https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/66179
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Photos taken of 86 class electric locos at Lithgow Loco Depot by Ben Frost in March 2002. A couple of the shots show SETS preserved 8607 and 8644. Interesting to note at least one of the 86's there 8608 with very heavy graffiti and appears to be in a line with the withdrawn 85's. I assume it means that 8608 may have been one of the mid 1997 withdrawals due to discovery of cracks in the under frame. The SETS preserved loco 8649 was among this group of early withdrawals although went up to Werris Creek.


http://ardp0.tripod.com/topic67.html


Specific photo of loco 8612 http://ardp0.tripod.com/86_02.jpg

This loco was paired with 8627 when in July 1993 a U boat, lead by car CF5032 collided with the pair, namely, by the looks of it with 8612. After the repair it appears that the front was different.


Photos taken of Tri-Bo 8650 at Lithgow in March 2002 by Ben Frost

http://ardp0.tripod.com/topic66.html
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Some news regarding 8649 - project to reactivate this loco to begin end of May 2019

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11399794.htm
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Update on 8606

https://www.facebook.com/setsAU/posts/1933409676759232

8606 got a clean up today, perhaps to appear at TH Expo? If so, will be a first to see an electric loco at the Expo and the first time to see a Garratt Steam Loco share the same space as an 86 class. Prior to it's return to steam in 2014, 6029 last ran in 1981, the first 86 didn't enter service until 1983.
  SydneyCider Chief Train Controller

Official Handing Over Ceremony of brand new 86 class electric locos was held at the Comeng Plant, Granville on 18 February 1983. For this occasion the first 2 locomotives - 8601 and 8602 were on display for the event. Source: Gettyimages

18 February 1983. Transport Minister Peter Cox and SRA Chief David Hill looking at brand new 86 class electric loco 8601
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/the-min-for-transp-mr-peter-cox-and-david-hill-chief-exec-sra-look-a-picture-id1078941544?s=612x612

18 February 1983. Transport Minister Peter Cox and SRA Chief David Hill inspecting 8601 and 8602
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/the-min-for-transp-mr-peter-cox-and-david-hill-chief-exec-sra-look-a-picture-id1078701694?s=612x612

18 February 1983. Transport Minister Peter Cox with 8602
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/mr-peter-cox-min-fro-transp-with-the-new-86-class-electric-locomotive-picture-id1078701618?s=612x612


18 April 1984. Officially handing over ceremony of first of 80 new interurban cars, likely DIM8069, these being the first of the Candy DIM's. In the background is electric loco 8621 and (probably) the newest XPT power car. Candy bonanza
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/the-state-min-for-transport-mr-barrie-unsworth-at-the-handing-over-of-picture-id1080150500?s=612x612

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