Silver City Comet: diesel train on trial run from Sydney to Moss Vale, 1937

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Where: New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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When: 07 July 1937

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Format: 1 film photonegative (copied from original nitrate photonegative) - 35 mm.

Notes: The Silver City Comet was the first of four air-conditioned high speed diesel trains to be placed in regular service on the NSW Railways. Resplendent in silver and blue, they 'streaked from Sydney to Moss Vale in a little over two hours and then raced back to Sydney', 7 July 1937. They were the first fully air-conditioned diesel trains in the British Empire.

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    better knot

    • 02/Oct/2008 12:08:45

    as soon as I saw this pic I knew it to be the silver city comet which I rode probably pre 1980, after moving interstate for a bit I was saddened to see it had been withdrawn from service, I remember the trip as being different from any other train trip I had taken since the late 1950's

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    Addie C

    • 04/Nov/2008 04:50:04

    It's a gorgeous train. It's funny because nowadays you can drive from Sydney to Moss Vale a lot quicker then that.

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    • 19/Jul/2009 11:31:40

    ☺Beautiful Shot ☺

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    • 25/Jul/2010 05:10:10

    Wow - 70 years later and it still takes the same amount of time to travel by train between Sydney and Moss vale.

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    • 21/Aug/2011 16:15:50

    Who built them?

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    State Library of NSW

    • 25/Aug/2011 03:54:02

    Power van DP 101 was the first of five built in the NSW Railway workshop at Eveleigh (Redfern) in 1937. Ritchie Bros of Auburn, Sydney, NSW, built twelve air-conditioned passengers cars of which three are preserved at the Sulphide Street Railway Museum Broken Hill.