Immature Ravens - playing tug-of-war
After 47 years of service the last S set carriage was withdrawn from service on June 28. Sydney Trains, Transport Heritage NSW, Sydney Electric Train Society and Historic Electric Traction banded together to arrange a final farewell even for the S set trains on July 21. Starting out of Central in the morning 3 generations of electric rollingstock lined up for a parallel run through to Strathfield and St Mary's. Vintage Electric single deck train F1 heads down the main with 880B to St Marys, S sets S56 and S28 on the down suburban with 881B and the newest delivery, B24 on the local with 882B to Strathfield and Leppington. The F and S set continued through to St Mary's before returning to Central where the S set then ventured out on an afternoon tour of the suburbs. The S set consist comprised of: S28 - C3986, T4050, T4013, C3765, S56 - C3001, T4101, T4961, C3862. These cars will all be retained for preservation. There are approximately 8 more S set carriages out of the remaining 28 to to go to scrap. 2019-07-21 Sydney Trains 3 Generations Parralel run at Croydon 880B 881B 882B
Holyrood - Strathfield Sydney
Santa Sabina College Strathfield is a Catholic Girls school. Santa Sabina is known for its fine and historic buildings. One of the most famous is ‘Holyrood’, the facade of a former City Bank, which was built in Pitt Street Sydney in 1873 but moved stone-by-stone to Strathfield to form the facade of a then residential property. Described on completion as ‘This building which we may be pardoned for referring to as one of the architectural gems of Sydney, was designed and erected by Messrs. Mansfield Bros. The front which is composed of a rich coloured sandstone, is Italian in style, perhaps the term Italian-Gothic would more accurately describe it. A considerable ornament to the streets of Sydney’. At the same time as the Bank was being constructed, an imaginative engineer, Charles Hoskins, was saving up to build a little cottage in Bendigo. The Bank building had created great interest because of the precautions against fire incorporated into the design of the building – all the main parts of the buildings were inter-connected by doors for quick escape from a fire, and a fire-hose connected to the water main in Pitt Street was a striking innovation in the days before universal fire regulations. The edifice was divided into two, a building within a building, with walls averaging six feet through, iron doors, ceilings of arched stone and not a particle of wood used in any part of the construction. However the fire that broke out in the early hours of the 2nd. October 1890 consumed the whole block bounded by Moore, Pitt and Castlereagh Sts. and Hosking Place, and in the subsequent city improvement plans the razed ruins cleared the way for the creation of the modern Martin Place. Charles Hoskins This most disastrous conflagration in the history of Sydney started in a Pitt Street printery and burned all day and into the following day, attended by seventeen professional and voluntary fire brigades. It attracted so many spectators that police, troopers and special constables were on duty. The damage was estimated at ‘three quarters of a million Sterling’ and the intensity of the fire can be gauged by the fact that even the City Bank did not escape destruction – water causing considerable damage. The standing stone work or facade of the Bank attracted the attention of Charles Hoskins and he decided to ‘purchase it and remove it stone by stone to his building site on The Boulevarde where it was re-assembled to form the front part of his residence, so grand that the home was named ‘Illyria’ after the home of so many great Roman emperors. A more conventional Italianate building completed the residence. As the land faces the same aspect as the Pitt Street block on which the Bank stood the pattern of light and shade is as the Mansfield Bros. envisioned it. Added to that effect, Charles Hoskins complemented it with a beautifully landscaped area including a circular drive and very beautiful trees. Source: Strathfield Heritage
In a fitting tribute to end their 47 years of service on the Sydney Suburban Network, Transport Heritage NSW coordinated a special parallel run to Strathfield. Single decker set F1 and newly entered service B24, flank S28, led by motor car C3986, away from Croydon towards Burwood as part of the "Three Generations Run" from Sydney Terminal to Strathfield, and then onto St Marys minus the B set. The "Three Generations Run" was the curtain-raiser for the S-Set Farewell day, followed by a tour across the network later in the afternoon by the Sydney Electric Train Society (SETS). F1 - 880B S28 - 881B B24 - 882B Sunday 21st July 2019
4.12.2019 Sydney Smoke: 5.26pm
Haberfield Fires and smoke are much worse again today. Fine ash was actually falling on the inner Sydney suburbs I was in today including Marrickville, Stanmore, Strathfield, Camperdown, Leichhardt, Annandale, Five Dock and Haberfield. The air quality is shocking - much worse than yesterday. Itchy, dry eyes, scratchy throat and coughing has become the new normal. These photos were taken in the afternoon in various inner-west Sydney suburbs, between 2.10pm and 6.29pm AEDT (Daylight Savings). Climate change is REAL! Today's temperature was around 30 °C - approx 86ºF.
The Great Train Race
Running side-by-side from Sydney Terminal to Strathfield, 3265 and 6029 head for the finish line as they approach Burwood with the curtain opener "Great Train Race" for the 2019 Transport Heritage NSW Exhibition. Included in the festivities for the long weekend was; Steam Locomotives; 3265, 3526, 3642, 5917 and 6029. Diesel Locomotives; 4001, 4403, 4490 and GL109. Railmotors; CPH1, 3, 7, 12, 24 and 25. Electric Trains; F1 and 8606. Saturday 8th June 2019
881D at Cheltenham
On the 21st of July 2019, a tour was run by both THNSW and SETS to commemorate the end of S set use in Sydney. These electric sets were Sydney's final un-airconditioned trains and were the subject of much criticism up to their very delayed and many times postponed withdrawal. The tour consisted of a parrel run in the morning between this set, F1 and a B set, running between Central and Strathfield. The S set then returned to Central for the commencement of the SETS tour, which saw passengers carted all over Sydney, including over the Harbour Bridge and down the Lavendar Bay line (all after darkness unforunately!). Here the tour is seen passing Cheltenham on it's way to Hornsby, where the set would change ends and head south again to continue the journey.
GWU009 and G533 head through North Strathfield with 1583 empties for Wee Waa.
Strathfield Station, Sydney, 2017
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Sydney's iconic Arnotts Bridge - Homebush NSW - built 1914 - see below
"The Great Northern Railway (or Main North Line) starts at Strathfield Station and travels to the Central Coast, Hunter and New England districts in New South Wales. The railway line originally crossed Parramatta Road as a level crossing. Following complaints and representations by local councils to the NSW Railway Commissioner, the level crossing was replaced with an overhead railway bridge in 1914. This bridge is known as locally as Arnott’s Bridge as it has carried advertisements for Arnott’s Biscuits since the 1930's. The advertisements have been updated over time. The Arnott’s Biscuit factory was located to the north of the bridge and operated from 1906 to 1997. The head office of Arnott's is still located at this site. Many of original factory buildings still exist and have been readapted into offices, restaurants, cafes and shops. This area is now known as the Bakehouse Quarter. The bridge remains as a landmark with the painted Arnott’s Biscuits sign featuring the famous Arnott's parrot. The bridge is heritage listed on the State Heritage Register." Info source, and more, here: strathfieldheritage.org/2017/11/13/arnotts-rail-bridge-ho... and www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDe...
Heading Home at Homebush
C3986 leading S28 notches up after clearing the points at Homebush on it's last trip in to Flemington Maintenance Centre, after dropping patrons off at Strathfield following the S-set Farewell tour. 2019-07-21 Sydney Trains S28-C3986 Homebush 881P
Steam locomotives 6029 and 3265 race round the curve toward Burwood as they near the end of their race from Macdonaldtown to Strathfield. This now annual event is held as part of the Transport Heritage Expo at Central Station, where Heritage Transport operators come together over the June Long Weekend to run Trains and Buses around Sydney and display parts of their collections. Like usual most events sell out early. 2019-06-08 THNSW 6029 3265 Train Race 6S39 6S61 Burwood
NR4 at North Strathfield with 6NY3
NR4 and NR120 combine to work 6NY3 SteelLink service from Newcastle to Whyalla through North Strathfield. Despite a couple of containers on the front wagons of the train, and one open wagon with a tarp over its load, the rest of the train was empty. When once the train would pass through Sydney and continue on to Whyalla, a loco swap is now made when the train passes through Chullora. On another note, NR120 still wears it's "Taree" nameplate on the side of the cab.
Strathfield Station Sydney
Immature Common Starling
Returning from the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath, 4490 and 4403 slow through platform 2 at Homebush on approach to their next stop at Strathfield. The Hydro Express trains have proven to be quite a popular day out for Transport Heritage NSW throughout their 2019 operating season, this being their last weekend of Hyrdo Express' for the year. 2019-11-23 THNSW 4490-4403 Homebush 6L64
4.12.2019 Sydney Smoke: 3.36pm
Marion Street Leichhardt Fires and smoke are much worse again today. Fine ash was actually falling on the inner Sydney suburbs I was in today including Marrickville, Stanmore, Strathfield, Camperdown, Leichhardt, Annandale, Five Dock and Haberfield. The air quality is shocking - much worse than yesterday. Itchy, dry eyes, scratchy throat and coughing has become the new normal. These photos were taken in the afternoon in various inner-west Sydney suburbs, between 2.10pm and 6.29pm AEDT (Daylight Savings). Climate change is REAL! Today's temperature was around 30 °C - approx 86ºF.
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4.12.2019 Sydney Smoke: 3.24pm
Annandale Fires and smoke are much worse again today. Fine ash was actually falling on the inner Sydney suburbs I was in today including Marrickville, Stanmore, Strathfield, Camperdown, Leichhardt, Annandale, Five Dock and Haberfield. The air quality is shocking - much worse than yesterday. Itchy, dry eyes, scratchy throat and coughing has become the new normal. These photos were taken in the afternoon in various inner-west Sydney suburbs, between 2.10pm and 6.29pm AEDT (Daylight Savings). Climate change is REAL! Today's temperature was around 30 °C - approx 86ºF.
Strathfield, Sydney, NSW.
Aerial photo taken 1953.
April 1 cabshift
Strathfield South railyards, Sydney
In a sea of otherwise featureless suburbs, these railyards really stood out.
Sunrise - Strathfield, Sydney
Early morning at sunrise at Strathfield, Sydney...
Backyard (Strathfield, Sydney)
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