New South Wales Bradfield suburban carriage stock

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New South Wales Bradfield carriage stock
Bradfield Car C3045 at the Rail Transport Museum, Thirlmere, NSW.jpg
Preserved C3045 at the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum in March 2010
In service1921-1975
ManufacturerClyde Engineering
Ritchie Brothers
Meadowbank Manufacturing Company
Eveleigh Carriage Workshops
Number built101
Fleet numbersC3000-C3100
Operator(s)New South Wales Government Railways
Public Transport Commission
Line(s) servedAll Sydney suburban
Car length18.75 metres (61 ft 6 14 in)
Width3.18 metres (10 ft 5 14 in)
Height3.93 metres (12 ft 10 34 in)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC catenary
Current collection methodSingle-pan diamond pantograph
Braking system(s)Westinghouse
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The New South Wales Bradfield suburban carriage stock were a type of electric multiple unit operated by the New South Wales Government Railways and its successors between 1921 and 1975.


With the electrification of the Sydney suburban network planned, in 1919 orders were placed for 100 carriages with contracts awarded to three builders, Clyde Engineering (42), Ritchie Brothers (18) and Meadowbank Manufacturing Company (40).[1][2]

The carriages featured wooden bodies on steel underframes with 43 fitted out as EBB first class carriages and 57 as EBA second class. The carriages gained the Bradfield carriages nickname after the New South Wales Railway's Chief Engineer John Bradfield, even though they were designed by Chief Mechanical Engineer Edward Lucy.[2][3]

All were delivered between January 1921 and January 1922 numbered 2112 to 2211. One further first class carriage was delivered as 2212 by the Eveleigh Carriage Workshops in January 1923.[3] All initially entered service as locomotive hauled stock with eight seats fitted in what would later become the driver's cabin.[1][2][4]

In preparation for the commissioning of the electrified network, all 101 were converted to driving motor cars at Electric Carriage Workshops being renumbered C3000 to C3100 and operated with American Suburban stock.[2][3][4]

The last Bradfield motor car was withdrawn in 1975 with two preserved.[5][6]

Carriages C3001-C3080 were renumbered C7001-C7080 to allow newer Goninan-built S set carriages to be numbered C3001-C3080.

Numbers Builder
2112-2153 Clyde Engineering
2154-2193 Ritchie Brothers
2194-2211 Meadowbank Manufacturing Company


The Sydney Electric Train Society acquired motor car C3082 from RailCorp in 2008. C3082 was nominated for preservation in 1992 as it was the last operational example of such a carriage in near original and serviceable condition. It entered service on 27 February 1921 and was converted for electric operation during April 1928.[6]

Motor car C3045 can be found at the New South Wales Rail Museum in Thirlmere.[3][5]



  1. ^ a b Kerry, Michael (1990). Sydney's Wooden Electrics. Sydney: Transit Australia Publishing. ISBN 0 909459 14 2.
  2. ^ a b c d Cooke, David (1999). Coaching Stock of the NSW Railways. Matraville: Eveleigh Press. pp. 200–203. ISBN 1 876568 00 3.
  3. ^ a b c d C3045 Bradfield Suburban Car NSW Environment & Heritage
  4. ^ a b C3082 1921 Ritchie Bros Wooden Bradfield Motor Car Sydney Electric Traction Society
  5. ^ a b "Building Sydney's City Circle Railway". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  6. ^ a b 2003, Matthew Doyle. "SETS Fleet". Retrieved 2018-01-09.