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July 2011 Volume 62 No 885

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The Fish, as depicted in Australian Railway History’s specially commissioned artwork by James Wynne. 3601 begins the long climb up the Blue Mountains, hauling a varnished timber Set 102, in the late 1940s. The artist and the Australian Railway Historical Society NSW are proud to be able to offer the original framed oil painting for sale at the Society’s bookshop on the concourse at Sydney’s Central Station.
James Wynne

The Fish: Blue Mountains iconic commuter train
The Fish
The inspiration for our cover this month; 3601 leads The of The Fish towards Lapstone from Emu Plains with the earlier-scheduled Saturday train, running as No. 51 in this May 1947 view. Set 102 is yet to receive the extra three cars to form a 10-car set, but has been supplemented with other (non-matching) carriages in this view. While the farmer’s bridge in the background has gone, the farmhouse it led to is still there—surrounded by suburbia.
Ken Winney, ARHSnsw Railway Resource Centre 100556

Three phases of evolution of The Fish:
The Fish
3640 arrives at Platform 1 of Sydney Terminal at the head of the Saturday Up service of The Fish. Ken Winney, ARHSnsw Railway Resource Centre 100558

The Fish
The last Up service of The Fish to be officially hauled by a 46 Class arrives at Sydney Terminal with 4604 in charge, September 1958.
Geoff Lillico, ARHSnsw Railway Resource Centre 43458

The Fish
The first Up service of The Fish formed by electric interurban carriages arrives at Sydney Terminal, September 1958.
Geoff Lillico, ARHSnsw Railway Resource Centre 48259

The Fish
The Fish
Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 28 May 1944, showing No. 57 Down The Fish and No. 47 Down The Chips. The timetable allows for seven additional minutes for the Friday service of The Fish, while The Chips is extended to Mount Victoria on Fridays only.
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Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 28 May 1944, showing No. 10 Up The Fish and No. 48 Up The Chips. The timetable indicates some additional stops for the Up service on Saturdays.         

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Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 1 December 1957, showing No. 57 Down The Fish and No. 47 Down The Chips.


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Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 1 December 1957, showing No. 10 Up The Fish and No. 48 Up The Chips. The timetable indicates some additional stops for the Up service on Saturdays.
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Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 15 November 1981, showing No. 57 Down The Fish and No. 47 Down The Chips.




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Extract from Working Timetable, Western Line, Weekdays, 15 November 1981, showing No. 10 Up The Fish and No. 48 Up The Chips. The timetable shows an additional named train The Summit, which operated as an Up service only for some years and was hauled by an electric locomotive.
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