Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Waratah Trains Coming Soon!

Hey all!
I was reading an interesting article today saying that a further 24 Waratah sets have been ordered and will be rolled out over the next few years.
So this batch of Waratahs im guessing will be sets A81 through to A104.
Sadly the extra 24 Waratahs will be just enough to wipe out the existing S Set fleet.
There are also options to purchase a further 45 Waratah sets so A105 through to A150.
The extra 45 (not yet ordered) Waratahs will unfortunately replace the existing K and C Set fleet.
More information will be posted onto this Blog when it comes to hand.

Thank you for reading.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Patreon - Support Sydney Trains Vlogs

Patreon Link:

Here's my bio for Parteon. Including channel links.

Hi everyone my name is Phil.
I am a Transport Enthusiast & Urban Explorer based in Sydney, NSW Australia.
This Patreon account is for 2 YouTube Channels.. I'll explain what they are about below.

Sydney Trains Vlogs:
This channel is for those who are transport enthusiasts (Trains, Buses, Light Rail - Trams & Ferries)... Mainly trains though.
I have filmed at over 400 locations for this channel in Sydney, Queensland & Victoria in Australia.
The number of locations is set to rise as time goes on.
I cover many events on this channel also.. Like Steam train events, new station open days, rare sightings and odd train movements plus much more!

Abandoned Oz:
I explore abandonments such as houses, hospitals, schools etc!
I also film buildings and other things that are still in use but have an interesting history behind it.

My future goals are to become more professional at filming and editing with proper equipment.
I currently film with an iPhone 6s Plus.

Why pledge to me?
Thinking into the future, a good video camera will help me bring you much better quality videos.
Pledging to me will also help me travel more often therefore i can bring you more video's!

Channel Links:

Sydney Trains Vlogs:

Abandoned Oz:


Thank you for reading.
Sydney Trains Vlogs &
Abandoned Oz

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Last Transperth B Series Transfer!

Typed on: Tuesday 25th May 2016

Hi all and welcome to another STV Blog.

In this Blog I want to talk about the final Transperth B Series transfer.

Before I do, for those who don't know what a Transperth B Series set is.
The B Series is the newest type of passenger train to be delivered and service Perth's rail network in WA Australia.
There is a photo of one above.

The final B Series Set has been delivered to Perth. The set is B116.
I filmed it pass East Maitland on 17/5/2016.
For the video please visit the link below:

The photo on the top of this topic shows the final set on transfer through East Maitland in the Hunter region of NSW.

B116 is the final set to be delivered until the second half of 2017 when 10 new B Series sets will start production.
The set numbers will be 117 through to 126.
117 is expected to be delivered in late 2017 or early 2018.

Thank you for reading!

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Red Set F1 & The NSW Transport Heritage Expo

Typed on: Tuesday 25th May 2016

Red Set F1 & The NSW Transport Heritage Expo:

Hi all and welcome to another STV Blog.

Today I want to talk about our iconic Red Set (or commonly known as Red Rattler) set F1.
F1 will be at the NSW Transport Heritage Expo on the June long weekend.
For the first time in over 10 years you will have the chance to relive memories and ride on Red Set F1.
F1 will be reenacting the first electric passenger service from Central to Oatley and return.
It will also be running 3 trips on each of the 3 days from Central to East Hills and return.
Lets not forget the great train race which will feature Red Set F1, Green Steam Locomotive 3642 + Carriages and Blue Diesel Locomotive 4001 + Carriages.

This will be the first time I have ever seen a train race with 3 types of trains (electric, steam and diesel).

I have very recently filmed a video of F1 on it's test run from Flemington to Carlingford and return.
The link is below:

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

Keep checking back for more!

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Transperth B Series Transfer Process

Typed on: Saturday 16th August 2016

Hi all and welcome to another STV Blog.

When i upload videos of Transperth B Series sets on the back of freight trains on transfer through Sydney a few of you ask why there is a B Series set in Sydney.

Well i thought id explain it.
Well ill do my best anyway.

For those who don't know what a Transperth B Series train is.
They are the newest passenger trains that operate in Perth on the Transperth Train Network.
Here's a photo of Transperth B Series set 115 being transferred through Thornleigh just north of Sydney with one of Sydnes new trains 'Waratah' next to it.

The B Series trains are built by Downer EDi in Maryborough in QLD.
The B series is transferred from the EDi plant in Maryborough to Acacia Ridge in South East QLD where it's put on standard gauge transfer bogies and attached to a freight train from Acacia Ridge to Morandoo Yard in NSW near Newcastle.
From Morandoo it's put on the back of a steel train and transferred to Port Augusta in South Australia via the Central Coast, Sydney & Goulburn etc.
Im sure it's put onto another train for the remainder of the journey from Port Augusta to Perth.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Aviation Photography

Typed on Wednesday 6th April 2016

Hey everybody and welcome to another STV Blog.

Recently i have been doing some Aviation Photography at a spot near Kingsford Smith Airport (Sydney, YSSY).
The area is at a fence near the Old Control Tower and is great for closeups of aircraft.

Here's a few photo's from this amazing little spot.

Photo 1 Below:
Boeing 747-438ER

Photo 2 Below:
Airbus A380-800

Photo 3 Below:
Boeing 737-838

Photo 4 Below:
Air New Zealand
Boeing 767-319ER

Photo 5 Below:
Airbus A380-800

Photo 6 Below:
Singapore Airlines
Boeing 777-212ER

Photo 7 Below:
Boeing 747-400

Thats just a few of of the photo's that were taken at this spot.

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

Check back for more Blogs coming soon.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Locomotive NR8 Fire!

Typed on: Monday 4th April 2016:

Hi all and welcome to another STV Blog.

Major delays and the partial closure of the Central Coast and Newcastle line between Hamilton and Fassifern were experienced today due to a fire that broke out on Pacific National Locomotive NR8 travelling from Whyalla (South Australia) to Newcastle (New South Wales).
The fire broke out somewhere between Fassifern and Hamilton.

The damage was extensive and there is no word on whether NR8 will be scrapped or not.

The fire was caused by an engine failure.

Thats all the information i have at the moment.
If any more information comes to hand ill type an update Blog.

Thank you all for reading.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

New STV Instagram Account!

Typed on Sunday 3rd April 2016

New STV Instagram Account!

Hi all and welcome to another Sydney Trains Vlogs Blog.

I have started a new Instagram account due to a couple of issues.
I have started a new account so that these isses won't come up again.

This account will be bigger and better than ever!
The account will feature photo's of Trains, Trams, Planes, Ferries and more!

To follow the new Sydney Trains Vlogs Instagram you can find me @sydney_trains_vlogs_youtube

I post photo's frequently!
By frequently i mean about more than 1 a day.

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.
Im looking forward to seeing you all on Instagram.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Badgerys Creek: A Ghost Town

Typed on Saturday 26th March 2016:

Hi all.
Today, Saturday 26th March 2016 i went for a drive to Badgerys Creek near Bringelly South West Sydney.

As most of you may know the suburb of Badgerys Creek will soon be levelled to make way for a new Domestic & International Airport.

There are very few residents in Badgerys Creek as they have been told to leave as construction of the new airport will begin at the end of 2016.

Street after street, emptyness.
Countless driveways, letterboxes and white picket fences yet no houses to complete the picture.

A majority of the houses have been demolished yet a couple remain.. Abandoned and left to decay.

An abandoned school which has seen better days.
One of the school buildings has been mostly burnt out.

An old bus stop which once saw kids waiting to get their bus home.

A car sits on a gravel road.. Gutted.

A Cemetery which will soon be relocated.

A rusted gate lock.

It was good driving through the area taking plenty of photos to document everything before the airport is operational.
The airport is due to open in the mid 2020's.

I had a rather scary experience while being in the area.
While driving around taking photos of the abandonments there was an angry looking person in a silver car.
I decided to make my way towards Elizabeth Drive just incase he was to try run me off the road.
When he pulled up beside me i realised he had kids inside the car so i thought "he is just a family man, nothing to worry about".
Not likely.
About half an hour later while exploring another one of Badgerys Creek's deserted streets i see the same car.
This time the guy meant business.
He was yelling at the top of his lungs F*ck off! F*ck off!
Thats when i thought it would be a good time to abort the exploration.

I don't know if he was a random angry guy, neighbourhood watch or someone trying to protect Badgerys Creek.

In the end id never do anything to damage anything in the area.

Anyway.. That was my day!

Thank you for reading.
I filmed a lengthy video which will be uploaded to Abandoned Oz on Sunday 27th March 2016.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Tangara T106 Update

Typed on Friday 25th March 2016

Hi all.
Welcome to another STV Blog.

A lot of you have asked me when Tangara T106 is going to come back to Sydney after having it's major upgrade.
It has been at UGL Broadmeadow for almost 2 months now.
The last thing i heard is that a couple of weeks a go it was in one of the sheds completely stripped out.
The Tangara Technology Upgrade is suppose to take about 4 weeks per Tangara Set (maybe less).
As T106 is the first to get the upgrade it will take a bit longer as it's pretty much a prototype.

I will definitely be out to photograph and film T106 leave UGL on the day it is released.

The Tangara Technology Upgrade is suppose to include CCTV, internal PIDS, new driver dash etc.
It may or may not get a new livery.

More info will be shared as soon as it comes to hand.

Thanks for reading.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

STV The Movie 3 Update

Typed on Thursday 25th March 2016

Hi everyone!
Welcome to another STV Blog.

I just want to give you guys a bit of an update on Sydney Trains Vlogs The Movie 3.

I haven't filmed that much more of it since the last update.

Ive worked on the Sydney Light Rail chapter a little bit.
All up there is about 15-20 minutes of footage.
As per the last 2 movies i won't accept anything under an hour.
I want this movie to reach 1 hour and 20 minutes worth of footage.

In the coming weeks ill be really stuck in to filming the movie so that i can get it uploaded sometime before June/July.

Ill type up some more regular updates between now and the upload date.

Thank you all for reading!
Check back for more Blogs soon.

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Happy Easter!

Friday 25th March 2016:

Hey all and welcome to another STV Blog!

I want to wish you all a very happy easter!
I hope you all have an amazing day.
Most of all stay safe and be careful on the roads.

I won't be doing much over the easter long weekend.
Today i filmed a video at Summer Hill featuring over 60 trains in just over 23 minutes.
That will be uploaded tomorrow (26/3/2016).
Im also working on a video featuring Olympic Park easter show event trains at a few locations so that should be an action packed Vlog.

Let me know in the comments what you are up to this easter!

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog!

Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Sydney's New Driverless Train

Sydney's New Driverless Train:
Saturday 19th March 2016:

Hi all!
Welcome to another STV Blog.

On Friday 18th March 2016 i went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Olympic Park just to see the Sydney Metro mockup train carriage.
Yes.. I paid $40.50 to access the show just to get photo and video footage of the carriage. Crazy i know.

Sydney Metro is under construction and will be open to the public in the first half of 2019.
Sydney Metro will consist of 5 converted stations (converted to Metro with screens) the converted stations being:
North Ryde
Macquarie Park
Macquarie University

There will be 8 brand new stations from Epping to Cudgegong Road.
The new stations will be underground and above ground on the new sky train.
Here are the new stations:
Cherrybrook (Semi Underground)
Castle Hill (Underground)
Showground (Norwest)
Bella Vista (Underground) open for correction!!
Kellyville (SkyTrain)
Rouse Hill (SkyTrain)
Cudgegong Road (Semi Underground)

Here is a map below:

Now.. On to some features of the new trains.
The mockup carriage is 2/3 of the length of the proper carriages (due to start production in 2016.

Feature 1:
Green means doors open.

Feature 2:
Red means doors closed.

Feature 3:
These trains will be driverless so there is no need for a drivers compartment so that passengers can look out the front/the rear of the train.

Feature 4:
The front of the carriage.
Notice the lights below the left window at the front? Funky huh?

Feature 5:
The gap between the train and the platform will pretty much be non existent allowing people with disabilitys to enter and exit the train with ease and without help from staff.

Feature 6:
A guards light? Please explain seeing these trains won't have a guard lol!

Feature 7:
Orange seats are for disabled people etc.
Grey seats are for everyone else.

Feature 8:
Bright doors!

Thank you all so much for reading another STV Blog!

Please follow the blog by hitting the follow/join button below the V Set photo on the top of the screen that would be muchly appreciated!
Thank you! :)

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Thank you for 3000 Subscribers

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Hi everyone and welcome to another STV Blog.

At the time of typing this its 7:11am.
I have just woken up.
The first thing i did was checked YouTube and to my surprise my Subscribers went from 2,996 to 3,000 overnight.

I cant thank you all enough for helping me get this far.
You are all awesome.

I have now been filming for about 2 years and 1 month with over 1,900 Videos, 2 million Views and now 3,000 Subscribers! :)

Thank you all again for helping me get this far.

See you all in the next Blog.

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Carrot & Spud - The New PHC Class Locomotives

Typed on: Tuesday 1st March 2016

Hi everyone.
Today i want to talk about the new PHC Class loco's i was talking about in the previous Blog.

If you want to know all the info then please check out the previous Blog called Farewell C Classes or C Class Farewell.

I want to show you all a few photo's of Carrot and Spud.

Photo below: PHC001 (Carrot).

Photo below: PHC002 (Spud).

The photo below shows Carrot & Spud making their way into UGL Broadmeadow after a morning of testing to Maitland/Telarah and back.

These new loco's will be on the Sandgate to Port Botany and return runs 4190 & 1491 in early March this year.

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

Please join/follow my Blog series by clicking Join or Follow under the Blog header (The V Set).
Thank you! :)

Catch you all later!

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Farewell C Classes

Typed on: Tuesday 1st March 2016

Hi all.
Today i want to talk about the last days of the C Classes on 4190 and 1491 runs.

For those who don't know what these runs are, they are the Crawfords runs.
4190 - Sandgate to Port Botany
1491 - Port Botany to Sandgate

In early March 2016 the C Classes will be taken off these runs and replaced with PHC Classes.. The PHC Classes are C44aci model locomotives.
There will be 2 PHC Class loco's. They also have funky names!
PHC001 (Carrot)
PHC002 (Spud)

In the next blog ill be talking about the new loco's.
Pictures will be included.

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.

The Return of V40

Typed on: Tuesday 1st March 2016

The Return of V40:

In 2015 V40 & V48 were involved in a collision in Mount Victoria Yard on the Blue Mountains Line causing damage to the fiberglass fronts on DJM8113 (V48) & DKM8144 (V40).
The 2 good cars were taken off each set and they formed V48.
DJM8113 & DKM8144 (with attached trailer cars) formed V40 and were sent to UGL Unipart for major repairs to the fibreglass fronts.
Here's a photo of V40 repaired.. Good as new.

Put it this way.. After the accident V40 has 2 of V48's cars and vise versa and thats how it will stay.
Out of the 8 cars 2 good cars from V40 and 2 good cars from V48 formed the new V48 and returned to service almost immediately while the bad cars from V40 & 48 formed the new V40.
I hope im making sense with this! Lol

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

See you all next time.

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Retired VarioTrams

Typed on: Tuesday 1st March 2016

Retired VarioTrams:
Last weekend i went for a drive to take photo's of the 6 VarioTrams stored at an undisclosed location.

VarioTrams 2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 2105 & 2107 are stored here. (Not in this order).
2106 was scrapped a while ago due to a derailment at Glebe.

When Sydney's Light Rail network was extended from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill we had Urbos 2 Trams on loan from Spain for the increased number of trams needed.
They were numbered 2108-2111.
These trams were sent back to Spain once some of the New Urbos 3 trams were delivered.
Unfortunately i never got a photo of an Urbos 2 tram.

The Vario's were retired in mid 2015 and all replaced with the new Urbos 3 Trams as seen in the photo below.

Im dissapointed with the Vario's being retired seeing they are so young.
Oh well, you can't avoid change i guess.

We have 12 Urbos 3 Trams numbered 2112 - 2124 except 2113.
Apparently 2113 was skipped because it would bring bad luck to passengers travelling to The Star Casino.

When the new Sydney City Light Rail opens we will have new Citadis X05 Trams.

Thank you all for reading another STV Blog.

Please join/follow the blog by clicking Join or Follow under the Blog header (The V Set).
Thank you.

See ya next time!

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A Splash of Colour

Wednesday 17th February 2016

G'day everyone and welcome to another STV Blog.

Today i want to show you a few photos of mine ive been tampering with.
Making them black and white and giving them a splash of colour!

Lets get started!

Photo 1: SSR Classes leading a BGSY Grain wagons south through Meadowbank.

Photo 2: T4 & Y2 next to eachother at Cronulla.
T4 was with T107 preparing to depart for Bondi Junction.
Y2 was doing some Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) testing.

Photo 3: A row of trains at Central Sydney Terminal.

Photo 4: Making the poles and hand rails stand out on Tangara car D6141.

Photo 5: Red Signals at the Sydney end of Cronulla station.

Photo 6: A Tangara on Platform 25 at Central.

Photo 7: An Epping bound Waratah arrives into Platform 2 at Meadowbank.

Photo 8: Some BGSY Grain wagons at Cockle Creek.

Photo 9: Lady Northcott at Circular Quay.

Photo 10: A Sydney Explorer sightseeing bus at Pyrmont Bay.

Photo 11: The lone speed sign.
This speed sign reading "80" is located where tracks use to be near Newcastle Station.

Photo 12: Oscar Set H23 passing through the peaceful and beautiful Wondabyne Station on a service to Hamilton/Newcastle.

Photo 13: A red flower with a V Set in the background at Hazelbrook Station in the Blue Mountains.

Photo 14: Track Inspection Vehicle MTPV2 passes through Cockle Creek Station headed towards Hamilton.

Photo 15: A Blue Sydney Metro Wristband with the Cherrybrook Station Box & Construction in the background.

Photo 16: The Sydney XPT returning from Grafton passes through Cockle Creek.

I hope you all enjoyed these photo's.
Ill do some more over the next few days and ill make another Blog out of them.

What one did you like best?
Let me know in the comments.

Thank you all for reading.
See you in the next Blog.

Phil, Sydney Trains Vlogs.