They actually sold most of the carriages to private buyers for as sheds,
motel rooms, etc.
I miss them too but I don’t blame them for getting rid of them though, It
was always pretty scary being on those trains when the doors were open. Did
those doors ever work? I remember the old old ones where you had to pull
them shut but the electric ones never worked either.
If any of you collect model trains, you may be interested to know you can
now buy working models of these from Berg’s in Parramatta or at the railway
store at Central station. Got my own 4-car set, applied the decals just
recently and it looks a treat!
I dont know who the driver of that last run over the Harbor Bridge was, but
I am sure the Guards name was David Kay. Of Sydney Depot. Like the old
train he is now also gone .
yeah.. where are the rattlers now?? pretty sure most people just used to
jump from one train to the other..
actually, only the L, R and S sets will be scrapped. The K and C sets vill
stay in service.
Cool been looking for a set for age’s and you’ve answered my question where
to get them roughly how much are they, As I hear all these classic stories
about them but am to young to remember them (I’m 22) the oldest I can
remember is the suburban and intercity and tangara, Cheers Adam
I have never been on one but they are a truley magnificant piece of
machinery, funny enough you can buy old carragies ie the tangara and chuck
it on a block of land pending council aproval (enquired about it thinking
about converting one into a mini house / flat for my self) but I say bring
back the Rattler’s for today (made out of modern matiriels but the same
classic design and closeable doors)
Back then we all travelled along with the doors wide open. You would stand
with your sholders between the hand rails,relax and speed along without a
worry in the world. occasionally you swung half your body out to see whats
going on. As the train slowed at your destination, if you felt like it, you
would jump off at the speed you felt safe at. Running for a train was fun
too,if you were quick enough to jump on,good luck to you! HA HA!!…no
wander they were banned.
The first time I went to Sydney at age 6½, I was amazed that the trains
went everywhere with the doors open. None of the trains in Brisbane at the
time were electric, but we had old wooden compartment coaches with swing
doors, or stainless steel SX sets with power closing sliding doors, and no
train in Brisbane left a platform with a door open (intentionally, at
The 1964 Tulloch double-deck trailer carriages that went with the
red-rattler power carriages were not all withdrawn from service until 2004.
These had powered doors which closed before the train left the platform, so
were a lot safer than the single-deck carriages, but they were also a
reminder of the old days. The one that ended up at Dorrigo turned out to be
the carriage that was on my regular afternoon school train!
Hmm…I remember one particular red rattler who lost control of its
hydraulics and sprayed oil up and down the side of itself…and all over my
Its funny you should say that, since these cars don’t have hydraulics. They
do have pneumatics though. I assume you may have been referring to a W set
with an auto door which failed.
It is so sad that no Red Rattlers are left
I remember riding on the red rattlers as a kid and into my teenage years.
It was fun but in hindsight, not particularly safe. You could open the
carriage doors whilst it was moving and literally hang out of the train.
Not surprising why there were a number of injuries and fatalities. With the
introduction of the Tangara trains in the early 1990’s, it was the end of
the line for good old Red……
were there also called h sets
Never had the honour of riding one of these 🙁
there actually is a lot of them left
You wont see them Tangaras lasting 60 years like these ol rattlers did. 🙂
This is great. Thank you.
Are these “red rattlers” like the “L” in Chicago?
my left ear enjoyed this
i loved them.the most comfy seats ever
They were the best trains and that train smell !!!!
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