New South Wales HUB type carriage stock

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The HUB type carriage stock was a type of air conditioned passenger carriage operated by the New South Wales Government Railways from April 1948 until April 2000.

The HUB set cars were ordered by the Department of Railways New South Wales in 1943 to operate services from Sydney to Newcastle. Originally the contract was for an additional 25 N type carriages, but due to wartime restrictions construction was delayed and the contract was amended with the carriages being altered to air conditioned and an additional 3 cars added to the order.[1] The contract was awarded to Tulloch Limited, Rhodes who built the 28 carriages numbered 2212 to 2239 between 1947 and 1949, and formed into four sets of seven carriages. Each carriage was 19.83 metres in length.[2] The cars consisted of:

  • eight first class cars coded BH
  • four first class with buffet coded RBH
  • four second class coded FH
  • four second class with buffet coded RFH
  • four second class with guard coded HFH
  • four second class cars with power generating equipment coded PFH.[1]

The 4 sets coded HUB were numbered 116-119, with each set originally consisting of HFH, RFH, BH, BH, RBH, FH and PFH.[1] The first set entered service in April 1948 on the Newcastle Flyer.[3] One briefly operated the Riverina Express before being transferred to the South Coast Daylight Express and them in 1956 to the Central West Express to Orange.

From the 1970s, the HUB sets ceased operating as fixed formations and the carriages were operated with RUB and stainless steel rolling stock on services throughout the state.[4][5]

They ceased operating the Newcastle Flyer services in April 1988[6] and many were withdrawn as a number of locomotive hauled services ceased in the early 1990s. Some remained in service with CityRail on Southern Highlands services to Goulburn until replaced by Endeavour railcars in 1994.

Most were auctioned in August 1994 with the State Rail Authority retaining five.[7] In 1996 three were returned to traffic for use on CountryLink's new services to Broken Hill and Griffith[2] before being withdrawn in April 2000.[8]

Surviving HUB carriages[edit]

Number Original code Owner Location Notes
HFZ 2213 HFH Private Owner Lightning Ridge Converted to cottage
HFZ 2214 HFH Private owner Kundle Kundle Converted to cottage
FFH 2216 PFH Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway Lithgow
FHH 2217 PFH Private owner Werris Creek
FHH 2218 PFH Transport Heritage NSW Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
PFZ 2219 PFH New South Wales Rail Transport Museum Thirlmere
RDH 2220 BH RailCorp Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
BH 2221 BH Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum Dorrigo
BHA 2222 BH Unknown The Gap
BHA 2223 BH Lachlan Valley Railway Cowra Returned to service as part of Blue Zephyr set 2013
BH 2224 BHZ Transport Heritage NSW Broadmeadow
BH 2225 BH Community (used for guest accommodation) Menindee
BDS 2226 BH Canberra Railway Museum Canberra
FH 2228 FH Eaglehawk Holiday Park Sutton Static accommodation
FH 2230 FH RailCorp Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
FH 2231 FH Unknown Marangaroo
RDH 2233 RFH RailCorp Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
RDH 2235 RFH Unknown Grenfell
RDH 2237 RBH Lachlan Valley Railway Cowra Converted to static sleeping carriage
RDH 2239 RBH Unknown Rothbury



  1. ^ a b c Cooke, David (2003). Coaching Stock of the New South Wales Railways. Eveleigh Press. ISBN 1-876568-01-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Countrylink's 'new' Daylight Express cars" Railway Digest February 1996 page 40
  3. ^ Flyer. Sydney: New South Wales Rail Transport Museum. 1970. p. 17. ISBN 0 909862 16 8. 
  4. ^ Rdh 2220 - Coaching stock - Unclassed/Buffet Car Department of Environment & Heritage
  5. ^ Rdh 2233 - Buffet/Daynighter Saloon Car Department of Environment & Heritage
  6. ^ "The End of the Flyers" Railway Digest June 1988 page 215
  7. ^ "Rolling Stock - Carriage Auction Results" Railway Digest October 1994 page 38
  8. ^ "CountryLink Loco-Hauled Services Cancelled" Railway Digest May 2000 page 7