tonyp wrote:The last time my wife and I went to Sydney from the south coast by public transport (the day of the "never again" moment!), we stumbled out of the Oscar at Redfern, our bums and backs completely totalled by those seats, and got onto an S set out to Westmead and immediately sunk into a state of blissful relief at the comfort of the S set seats after a couple of hours on an Oscar. I don't care about the air conditioning, they should keep the S sets and get rid of the Oscars!
Some people like the newer trains, those that don’t break down as often as the Older ones, some S sets may be retained for the heritage fleet or At least it’s what Sydney told me. The steam trains date back to the early twentieth century, and there are still some around today, mostly in museums with some occasionally going out on the tracks for heritage tours. The Red ‘Rattler’ occasionally comes out for heritage tours and there are some S set carriages preserved into rail houses, If I recall correctly there was an S set carriage at The Train Shed theme park, which closed back in 2014, The S sets will occasionally come out for heritage tours, there was once four S set Carriages coupled to a row af AK carriages in 2014.
There are likely to be a few S sets being retained for the Sydney railway museum, all the others may come up for sale for rail houses. There are people that like to learn about the history of the NSWGR (New South Wales Government Railways)