State Transit – The Last Trips

At 00:01 on April 3 2022, the final contract held by the State Transit Authority of New South Wales was handed over to Transdev John Holland Buses, ending 89 years of Government run bus services in New South Wales.

The last trip operated by State Transit ahead of the handover was the 00:00 370 ex Coogee to Glebe Point, which was operated by Randwick Scania K310UB Custom Bus CB80 3026. The trip terminated at Glebe Point at 00:46, officially marking the end of State Transit operations in Sydney. Two preserved buses, ex 3037 (a Mercedes Benz 0405 PMC MkIV) and ex 3700 (a Scania L113CRL Ansair Orana) followed this last trip to mark the occasion. All three vehicles operated in a convoy together for the entire journey from Coogee to Glebe Point. The service bus was packed full of enthusiasts there to farewell State Transit with one last ride.

Randwick Scania K310UB Custom Bus CB80 3026 after completing the last official State Transit operated service, the 00:00 370 ex Coogee to Glebe Point on 03/04/22 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
3037 (a Mercedes Benz 0405 PMC MkIV) and ex 3700 (a Scania L113CRL Ansair Orana) at Glebe Point after the last State Transit service, the 00:00 370 ex Coogee to Glebe Point 03/04/22 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Although the 370 was the official last trip, after it terminated there were still drivers on the road who started their shifts as State Transit drivers, wearing State Transit uniforms and using State Transit journals. The honours of the last driver on the road in State Transit uniform went to the driver of the 28:38 (03:38 due to the end of daylight savings 350) ex Mascot Station to Bondi Junction, where it arrived at 29:18 (04:18 due to the end of daylight savings). Waverley Volvo B8RLE Volgren Optimus 2955 operated this historic last trip with a State Transit driver. Another bus, Waverley 3076, operated alongside 2955 but with one of the first Transdev John Holland drivers to sign on after the handover in a Transdev John Holland uniform with Transdev John Holland journal. The two buses operated together for the entire length of the 350, with 2955 leading and 3076 following, symbolising the handover from State Transit to Transdev John Holland.

3076 with the first Transdev John Holland Driver and 2955 with the last State Transit driver at Bondi Junction after the last trip operated by a State Transit driver, the 03:38 350 ex Mascot to Bondi Junction 03/04/22 – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Waverley Volvo B8RLE Volgren Optimus 2955 after the historic last trip with a State Transit driver – Transport NSW Blog Collection

By sunrise on April 3 2022, State Transit operations were history. The three final State Transit depots, at Port Botany, Randwick and Waverley, had all had their operations fully handed over to Transdev John Holland. Both last trips marked the end of an era for government bus operations in Sydney.

Farewell State Transit – Tour Photos

On Sunday 13 March 2022, the Sydney Bus Museum and the Historical Commercial Vehicle Association held a farewell tour for State Transit. This comes ahead of the handover of the final State Transit contract to Transdev John Holland on 2 April 2022. The 7 buses used on the day toured all over the Eastern Suburbs, home to the final State Transit contract.

The tour utilised 6 current State Transit vehicles; Mercedes Benz O500LE CB60 EvoII 1811 (Port Botany), Volvo B12BLEA Volgren CR228L 2236 (Port Botany), Custom Denning Element 3122 (Waverley) Volvo B10BLE Orana 3921 (Waverley) and Volvo B12BLE CB60 EvoIIs 4833 and 4999 (both Randwick). In addition, Sydney Bus Museum 3383, a Mercedes O405 MkVI (ex Randwick) also joined the service buses.

There were a number of photostops throughout the day. Here are a collection of photos taken on the day.

State Transit Volvo B10BLE Orana 3921 seen at North Bondi with Bondi Beach in the backdrop on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Sydney Bus Museum Mercedes-Benz O405 MkVI 3383 seen at North Bondi with Bondi Beach in the backdrop on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Custom Denning Element 3122 seen at North Bondi with Bondi Beach in the backdrop on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Volvo B10BLE Orana 3921 and Sydney Bus Museum Mercedes-Benz O405 MkVI 3383 seen in the North Bondi layover on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Custom Denning Element 3122 and State Transit Volvo B10BLE Orana 3921 seen climbing Arden Street out of Coogee on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Volvo B12BLE CB60 EvoIIs 4833 and 4999 seen turning around at Clovelly Beach on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Mercedes Benz O500LE CB60 EvoII 1811 seen at Malabar on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection
State Transit Volvo B12BLEA Volgren CR228L 2236 at Malabar on the State Transit Farewell Tour – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Photos – Farewell C Sets

Initially entering service in July 1986, the Chopper sets have now been retired from service with Sydney Trains. The final passenger trip for the C sets was on 26 February 2021, with a final farewell tour on 6 March 2021

Initially entering service as an extension of the contract for suburban K set cars, the C sets were the first train in the NSW fleet to be operated by “Chopper control”. This new technology was designed to improve passenger comfort and safety through stepless control of acceleration, improved traction reliability and redesigned regenerative brakes. At the time, the NSW railways were still ordering trains with outdated Camshaft technology, which was being discontinued by rail manufacturers.

The C sets were the forerunners to the all new Tangara design that was specifically built to take advantage of this new Chopper technology. The the order was further designed to provide a chance for railway engineers to familiarise themselves with the new technology ahead of the larger Tangara order.

The final revenue service operated by a C set terminated at Liverpool at 9:25pm on Friday 26 February 2021. They will be replaced by new Waratah Series 2 trains.

See below for some photos from the C set farewell tour;

V6 passes C5 at Mount Victoria – Transport NSW Blog Collection
C5 seen at Glenbrook – Transport NSW Blog Collection
C5 at Katoomba with a large number of train spotters swarming the train for photos – Transport NSW Blog Collection
C1 at Mount Victoria – Transport NSW Blog Collection
C1 at Hawkesbury River – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Photos – Farewell to Waverley Gas Buses

Waverley depot has a history of over 20 years of operation of buses powered by compressed natural gas, with Scania L113CRB Orana Mercedes Benz 0405NH Citaro and Mercedes Benz OC500LE CB60 EvoII models all operating from the depot. At its peak, over 100 gas buses operated from the depot

However, due to the aging nature of many gas buses necessitating their replacement and also a desire to introduce electric buses at Waverley Depot, the gas powered fleet at Waverley have been decommissioned from service.

On February 27 2021, a tour was held to farewell the gas bus fleet at Waverley Depot, after their final day in service earlier that week. Here are some photos from the day.

Gas Scania 3509 and Merc Citaro 1329seen at La Perouse – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Gas Scania 3509 leads Merc Citaro 1329 up the hill from Malabar Beach – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Gas Scania 3509 sits at Malabar Beach – Transport NSW Blog Collection
The Merc Citaro graveyard at Port Botany depot, with rows of withdrawn Citaros awaiting their turn to be scrapped – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Merc Citaro 1321 at Clovelly Beach – Transport NSW Blog
Merc Citaros 1321 and 1348 turn around at Clovelly – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Merc Citaro 1348 seen at Bondi Beach – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Merc Citaros 1321 and 1348 seen at Bondi Beach – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Photos – L3 Kingsford Line is Open

The L3 Kingsford Branch of the CBD and South East Light Rail opened on Friday 3 April at 5am. Check out our favourite photos from the day.

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Next service boards advertising the new line – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Tram departing Town Hall for Kingsford – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Two trams on the new L3 line pass on George Street in the CBD – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Tram setting down at the Juniors Kingsford terminus – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Tram ready to depart Juniors Kingsford for Circular Quay – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Signage for the Bus-Light Rail interchange at Juniors Kingsford as a tram departs – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Signage for the Juniors Kingsford Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Social distancing measures implemented on trams on the new L3 line – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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An L2 Randwick and new L3 Kingsford trams sit side by side at the Circular Quay terminus – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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L3 Kingsford tram sits at Circular Quay terminus – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Transport NSW Blog would like to note that these photos were taken on an essential journey that would have occurred regardless of the opening of the light rail. Correct social distancing procedures were followed at all times. 

Photos – Final Day of the Carlingford Line

In the early hours of Sunday 5 January 2020, the Carlingford Line carried passengers for the last time, ahead of its decommissioning. The line is set to become part of the Parramatta Light Rail network in the future, but now now the line has carried its final passengers.

Transport NSW Blog was there on the day to document this historic occasion. Enjoy some photos from the final day of the Carlingford Line.

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Four Car Millennium Set M30 operated the services on the final day – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Signage at Carlingford indicating the special working section of the Carlingford Line – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Heritage Set F1 operated shuttles between Clyde and Carlingford to mark the occasion – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Heritage Set F1 departing Carlingford for the final time – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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M30 preparing for the final round trip between Clyde and Carlingford – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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PID showing the last return trip on the Carlingford Line, arriving into Carlingford at 1:46am on 5 January 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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The old fashioned wooden next train display at Carlingford, in use for the final time, showing the final train due out at 1:34am on 5 January 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Train at Carlingford Station for the last time on 5 January 2020 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Photos – Final Trip Aboard the 14.5s

This morning, Thursday 5 December 2019, the editor of Transport NSW Blog was lucky enough to be one of the passengers aboard the final journey of a Scania L113TRB, aka the “14.5s” in State Transit operation.

3454 did the honours, operating the 9:01am 272 ex North Willoughby to Wynyard, terminating at 9:32am, ending over 26 years of service on the Sydney Buses network for the 14.5s. 3458 also went out on the final morning, operating the second last trip, also a 272, departing North Willoughby for Wynyard at 8:14am.

See below for a compilation of photos from the final journey.

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3454 waiting to depart at North Willoughby on the final 14.5 trip for State Transit – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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3454 operating on the 272 along Willoughby Road – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Approaching the Harbour Bridge for the last time in service for State Transit  – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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3454 laying up at Wynyard after the final 14.5 trip for State Transit – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Signs informing passengers at the Historic Occasion – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Drivers compartment on 3454 after operating the final 14.5 trip for State Transit – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Passengers will never again see the sight of the 14.5s in service  – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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3454 returning to the depot for the final time in State Transit service  – Transport NSW Blog Collection

For a more thorough farewell, see our earlier farewell post here.

Farewell 14.5s.

Photos – Transport Heritage Expo

A couple of weeks ago, over the June Long Weekend, the annual Transport Heritage Expo was on at Sydney’s Central Station. Whilst we went able to be there for most of the event, we were able to get some last minute pictures to share with you all on Monday afternoon just before the event wrapped up.

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Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” at Central Station prior to a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Loco 6029 ‘The Garratt” departing from Central Station on a Hurstville Shuttle – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Loco 3642 at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Two buses from the Sydney Bus Museum collection at the Central Coach Terminal – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Hong Kong KMB Decker at Central Station – Transport NSW Blog Collection

 

Photos – Melbourne and Perth

Recently, Transport NSW Blog visited Melbourne and Perth. We always get requests to see more photos on the blog and requests to see content from cities outside of NSW. Today we will be featuring our favourite photos from that we took in these two cities.

Buses and Trams in Melbourne

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Transdev Melbourne Scania K230UB Volgren Malaysia “CR228L” 8904 arriving at Lonsdale Street terminus in Melbourne CBD on a Route 907 from Mitcham – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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SkyBus Melbourne Bustech CDi 114 departing Southern Cross Terminal for the Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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W Class Tram 957 on Historic City Circle Route 35 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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E Class Tram with “Made in Melbourne for Melbourne” decals on Route 86 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Transdev Melbourne Scania K280UB Gemilang 116 laying over at Queen Street terminus in Melbourne CBD after a Route 220 from Sunshine – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Buses in Perth

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Transdev Transperth Volvo B8RLE Volgren Optimus TP2666 on a Red CAT Route 2 service in East Perth – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2386 on an Airport Route 40 service arriving at Perth Airport Terminal 3 – Transport NSW Blog Collection

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Path Transit Transperth Volvo B7RLE Volgren Optimus TP2762 running through East Perth on a Route 960 service to Mirrabooka – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Photos – Out with the old and in with the new

There are currently a number of generational changes occurring in NSW transport. Things that have seemingly been around for ever are suddenly there no more, whilst brand new things now appear in their places. Today we bring you some pictures of these changes.

Buses

The old Scania L113TRBs with Ansair Orana 14.5 bodywork are finally reaching the end of their working life, with a number now starting to be retired from both the State Transit and Transit Systems fleet. These tri-axle buses have a higher capacity than standard buses and are 2.5m longer at 14.5m long, compared to 12m for a standard bus.

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These buses have been most commonly seen on State Transit routes 288, 292, 392, 400 and L94 as well as Transit Systems route 420. You can still find them on those routes until the last of the type is retired later this year, after 26 years of service.

These buses are being replaced by a batch of buses from the revived Custom Bus. After going into receivership last year and closing down their production line, Custom Bus (previous Custom Coaches) was purchased by the Dunn Group (owners of Telfords) and set up a new production line to produce their popular CB80 series 2 model. The CB80 series 2 on a Scania K310UB chassis are currently entering service with State Transit to replace the old buses.

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Some have criticised this choice for the replacement of the older Scania as they are only 12m long standard buses, reflecting a reduction of capacity when compared to the 14.5m long buses they are replacing.

Trains

Friday saw the last regularly scheduled run of a S set on the Sydney rail network. This will be a second retirement for the 40 year old trains, which were originally removed from all lines except the Olympic Park shuttle back in 2014. They were forced back into service as part of the controversial November 2017 timetable, which led the government to order 41 new Waratah trains.

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Despite the end of timetabled running, 8 sets have been retained for emergency operation, and due to the Tangara Upgrade Program which is currently taking place, it is expected that these sets may be used on the T6 Carlingford and T7 Olympic Park lines in the coming weeks and months.

Deliveries of the first batch of 24 new Waratah Series 2 trains have now been completed, with all 24 trains now in service. These trains can now be found across the network, with all 24 sets being included in the latest run changes that started today.

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The remaining 17 Waratah Series 2 trains were ordered as part of a seperate order and will begin deliveries later this year. The trains are distinctive due to their orange fronts and minor interior modifications.

Perhaps most excitingly, Sydney Metro is now one step closer to opening. The brand new line between Chatswood and Tallawong has been undergoing full timetable testing and its approval is in final stages at the regulator. Today also marks the start of a number of changes designed to make the transition of Metro into the network seamless, with more trains on the North Shore and changes to connecting bus services.

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Sydney Metro will be the first driverless train system in Australia, with 22 driverless six car Alstom Metropolis trains operating along the new line once it opens, with services every 4 minutes in peak hour. All the stations along the route have been fitted with platform screen doors and allow for level boarding.

So out with the old and in with the new appears to be all the rage at the moment. Despite all the change, most of transport will stay the same. We have also confirmed that at this stage, it is the intention that both the Scania L113TRBs with Ansair Orana 14.5 and S sets will have an example preserved as part of the heritage transport fleet.