Eastern Suburbs Railway Pictorial

The Official Train
Saturday 23 June 1979

The Official Train conveyed dignitaries from Martin Place to Bondi Junction and then back to Martin Place where an official luncheon was held for invited guests to mark the opening.

The Official Train comprised:
(Bondi Junction end)
S54 - C3004, D4083, D4082, C3003,
S55 - C3002, T4102, T4101, C3001
(Sutherland end)

Still bearing the special headboard Goninan car C3004 leads the Official Train into Platform 2 at Bondi Junction after going into general service after its official duties.

Two views of the Official train approaching (left) and passing through (right) Erskineville on the Up Illawarra. The train is about to pass through the junction beyond Erskineville and descend underground into the new Eastern Suburbs Railway on the first official trip. Goninan cars C3004 (left) and C3001 (right) are the lead and rear cars.

The First Public Train

The first public train followed the official train and comprised:.

(Bondi Junction end)
S57 - C3008, D4073, D4072, C3006
S56 - C3007, D4084, D4080, C3005
(Sutherland end)

Two similar later views of the first public train approaching (left) and passing through (right) Erskineville on the Up Illawarra. Goninan cars C3008 (left) and C3005 (right) are the lead and rear cars.

View from the driver's cab of C3005 at the site of what would have been Woollahra station on the up line between Edgecliff and Bondi Junction. Plans to build a station here were cancelled after strong opposition from local residents.

Another view from the cab of C3005 crossing the viaduct at Rushcutters Bay on the up line between Kings Cross and Martin Place. Familiar Sydney icons MLC Centre and Centrepoint Tower are visible on the skyline. Note the unique aesthetic overhead wiring structures used on the ESR.

Other Photos

The rare sight of a single deck set on the ESR.

An ARHS tour was held on 20 March 1982 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and utilised an eight car single deck set typical of the day comprising:
C3082, T4279, T4310, C7428, C7396, T4539, T4301, C3102. The tour train later ventured onto the ESR. Here tour patrons reboard cars T4301 and T4539 for a departure from Platform 2 at Bondi Junction.

All above photos by Stephen Halgren

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